Know Your Worth by Christina Patterson

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Know Your Worth
Series: Believing Better: Overcoming the Lies That Prevent Us from Living Free in Christ
Christina Patterson
Matthew 4:8-10

“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ” – Matthew 4:8-10 NIV

If it seems the enemy is losing traction in his mission to get Jesus off track, it’s because he is. In a final attempt to cause Jesus to fail Satan places all he has on the table. No more games. Now we see what Satan really wants: worship.

Notice this time there is no suggestion. There is no "if you are the son of God" manipulation going on and he does not even misuse the bible, Satan simply offers a trade. All the kingdoms in the world for Jesus’ worship.

What Satan wants more than anything is to have our worship. Although it seems the enemy is straight forward with this temptation, it is still rooted in a core lie.

See the enemy tries to trick Jesus. He tries to give Jesus something of less value in exchange for something of more value. He takes Jesus to this high point and makes Jesus look at all the kingdoms of this earth and all their splendor. Satan probably showed Jesus the best there was but conveniently does not mention the sin sick state this world is in. Satan only shows us the appealing side of things to entice us to sin but does not reveal the destruction that sin brings. He lures us with the things if this world to get our eyes off heaven. He Shows us beauty but not it's fading, shows us wealth but not its dissatisfaction, shows us pleasures but not their consequences. Shows us the rose and not its thorns. We turn on the tv, listen to music, scroll on our phones and our eyes are constantly enticed to what we perceive as good but actually leads to nothing.

Once again, Jesus is not fooled. He turns this temptation down too. Jesus is showing us that all that is in this world does not compare to what awaits us in heaven. Think about it: That the enemy would be willing to give it all away shows its worthlessness and Christ’s willingness to resist shows Heaven’s worthiness.

The fact that the enemy was about to give up all his power and authority in this world in an instant to prevent Jesus’ ministry shows how important Jesus’ ministry and gospel is. It shows that he knew what Jesus had was of much more value than all the wealth in the world. It further proves that in Christ there is value and richness that this world does not even compare to.  The Bible calls this “richness unfathomable and unsearchable” we cannot even begin to comprehend all that God has for us in Christ Jes ...

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