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Pick up Your Sword
Series: Believing Better: Overcoming the Lies That Prevent Us from Living Free in Christ
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” - Matthew 4:5-7 NIV
Again, Satan uses this “since you are the son of God” tactic, but this time he raises the stakes a little higher. Since Jesus will not save Himself, he sees if Jesus will intentionally place Himself in a situation for God the Father to save Him.
The temptation is this: ok you trust God to provide for food and nourishment, but that's easy. Of course God will take care of your basic needs. The Bible tells us He knows we need those things. So Satan raises the bar. Well it's easy to trust when things are going well. But what about when you're falling. What about when a threat is eminent. Will you trust Him then? Is God really trust worthy? Can you rely on Him when everything in your life falls apart? Will He protect you, and keep you safe, will He have your back? It's almost like Satan is saying to Jesus: You're doing all this for God; wondering in the wilderness, about to starve to death all for your Father, but what is He going to do for you. Let's test it out and see.
This temptation is even more cunning than the last. Satan even uses the Word of God to tempt Jesus. He quotes Psalm 91 to tell Jesus that if He were to jump off this temple God will save Him because the scriptures say that God will send angels to rescue Him, right?
How many of you are familiar with Psalm 91. If not, I encourage you to read it in its entirety whenever you get the chance. It is one of my favorite scriptures and offers such hope and comfort in the face of fear.
My family and I travel to the beach together each year. I go with my mom and her siblings and my cousins. My cousins would call this annual beach trip cousin camp. One year in particular there was a huge storm. Well the house we were staying in was right on the beach. So it was one of those typical beach houses that sits high up on beams to protect the house in case of a flood. But this also meant that with the crazy wind that thi ...
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