Giving an Ear to the Devil

Matthew 4:3-4 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘People do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

The tempter and his pals like to show up and give suggestions. This is nothing new, as we see in Matthew chapter 4. The problem is that all too often we agree with our adversary. That is where we slip into wrong thinking and ultimately demonic oppression.

We must keep in close contact with our Shepherd, who’s voice we know; So that when another comes and makes suggestions we can reject the lies and accept the freedom Christ came to bring. In addition to staying in close proximity of our Shepherd, it’s also important to study what He has taught us. Much of what he taught was not new law, but methods to remain free from oppression. Forgive others, give and don’t expect anything in return, don’t worry about tomorrow, love God with all… and your neighbor as yourself, don’t store up treasures, turn the other cheek. These are ways we avoid being unforgiving, greedy, violent, troubled, selfish, and self centered. Most other teaching in the whole of scripture can be inverted the same way. David loved the law for it showed him how to please God, and ultimately it is what God used to protect His people from the devil’s hold. We must remember what happened in eden where man fell, and not underestimate the devil’s activity.

The good Shepherd longs to keep us in peace and safety. Do we trust His ways, or will be listen to our enemy?


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