April 30, 2014

The Tempter’s Tricks

Written by Boyd Bailey

iStock_000029911018SmallThoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 30, 2014

The tempter [the devil] came to him [Jesus] and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Matthew 4:3

The devil tempted Adam and Eve to doubt God. He tempted Job to give up on God and he tempted Jesus to disobey God. Satan’s tactics have not changed. He still subtly and not so subtly seeks to steal, kill and destroy our faith. He sows seeds of doubt into our  taking seriously Christ’s commands. He plays mind games to get us to go against what we know is clearly right or wrong. The evil one masks a sinful choice by causing us to doubt God’s clear expectations. What God says does not require a second opinion, so we are wise to first do what He says to do.
The devil also tempts us to give up on God when our world is shaken. Like Job we may lose our children and see our finances slip away. Our health may fail and we may be tempted to think the Lord has failed us. However, it’s our faith in Jesus that offers stability during unstable situations. Almighty God is unmovable. He is a rock, refuge, and strong fortress against the deceptive tricks of the tempter. Yes, we lean into the Holy Spirit when unholy forces seek to force unfaithfulness.“In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing” (Job 1:22).

Moreover, Satan appeals to our pride by tempting us to use power powered by the flesh. Our pride can easily run ahead of the Lord. Though a good outcome may come about, God does not get the glory when we are out in front of Him. Humility waits to be led and empowered by the Spirit. The devil also misapplies Scripture in an attempt to spiritualize his suggestions. He will twist the truth to sound inviting: “everything if done in moderation is ok.” Really? One click to a pornographic site is not ok, one car ride with a drunken driver is not ok, and one lie is not ok.

Therefore, we come against the enemy’s tricks, lies, and deceit with the Word of God. We are naive and defenseless if we try to defeat the devil with our own clever devices. We will win however, if we keep our prayer guard up and if we spend time meditating on and applying  biblical principles to our behavior. This is why we are engaged, not nonchalant in our spiritual disciplines. We stay aware of devilish schemes that try to convince us we are the exception to the Lord’s expectations. By God’s grace we win the battle of the mind by renewing our mind with truth.

“‘Why are you sleeping?’ he asked them. ‘Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation’” (Luke 22:46).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, expose the enemy’s errors by the Holy Spirit’s illumination of truth.

Related Readings: Genesis 3:1; 1 Thessalonians 3:5; Philippians 2:16; James 5:11

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  1. Carla says:

    Every word written here was meant for me to read, Wisdom Hunters, I just got fired from my job, since being on disability, I was supposed to be back to work May 9, but I believe the Lord has a greater plan for my life. I want you to know that when my life starts heading in God’s direction your ministry will be one of the first I will support. Like I said before in many of my post the writing here is fuel to my soul!

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Carla~
      Thank you so much for reaching out to us and sharing your thoughts. We are so glad you are blessed by the devotionals and we look forward to hearing what all God has planned for you. You are so right! “The Lord DOES have a greater plan for my life…” Hold on to that promise, especially when things are alittle overwhelming~ HE is always right there by your side.
      Carla, let us hear from you in the days ahead. We are so thankful that you are a fellow wisdom hunter.
      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne

      “Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself:
      the Lord will hear when I call to Him.
      Psalm 4:3


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