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3 The tempter came to Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” -Matthew 4:3 BSB
Demons will not come to you until they see an opportunity. This opportunity happens when you stop reading the Scriptures and skip many days of prayer. They will continue observing you, and when they see your faith dip to a certain degree, that’s when they attack you.
One of their attacks is to question your status with God. Satan asked Jesus to prove that He was the Son of God. The devil already knows who He is, but He wanted Jesus to do a miracle instead of relying on the Father to provide for Him. Demons will try to get you to depend on yourself and not wait on the Lord. If you do that, it will show a lack of faith on your part.
4 But Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” -Matthew 4:4 BSB
When Satan set his trap for Jesus, the Son of God answered back with Scripture. God’s Word is the only weapon we have that will give us the truth—so we won’t get deceived. God’s Word keeps us from falling into his traps by lighting up our path—to see all of the enemy’s pitfalls.
5 Then the devil took Him to the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple. 6 “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.’” -Matthew 4:5-6 BSB
The devil will test your faith to see if he can deceive you by twisting Scripture to say something other than what it means. That’s how he uses the false teachers. They will quote the Bible but interpret it in a way that will fit their agenda. They use the Word of God for gain—to take something from you that they want. Jesus defeated Satan’s attack by going back to God’s Word (verse 7) to show him how he had distorted it.
The end goal for the devil is to get you to worship him instead of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just like Satan betrayed the Lord, so he wants you to betray Him as well. The devil wants you to be evil and dark. He hates the light and anything good. The devil wants to destroy you because he knows that the Lake of Fire is awaiting him, and he doesn’t want to be the only one there. He wants you to join him.
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Imagine that you are having dinner, and some evil men come to do you harm with a weapon in hand. You, however, are not as vulnerable as the enemy might think. When he comes toward you with an evil intention, you pull out your weapon. The moment the enemy sees this, he knows it won’t be easy to overpower you and get what he wants from you. A gun battle ensues, and sadly, you run out of bullets. At that moment, you know you are in serious trouble. The enemy now has the upper hand.
That is a picture of what happens in the spiritual world as Ephesians 6:12 states, “For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”
The gun would be the equivalent of a sword which is the Scriptures. And the bullets are the defense of the truth, words used from the Scripture in such a way that defends and thwarts the arguments against God’s Word.
Believers need to be ready to give an answer for any argument that is thrown against the veracity of God’s Word.
Let’s get back very briefly to the analogy of the gun battle and give it a different scenario. The enemy comes toward you with his weapon, and you take out yours, but this time, you have multiple clips which carry 15 bullets per clip. In this situation, you have the upper hand, where you are more equipped than your opponent. You will last longer as you have more bullets and will win the battle.
With all the arguments and deceptions thrown at you by the critics or false teachers, you will easily counter them with biblical answers. Nothing that the enemy does will harm your faith as you will be ready for them.
How well do you actually know God’s Word? Can you defend it? The Scripture says that you need to be prepared, fully equipped to give an answer to why you believe in Jesus Christ.
but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. -1 Peter 3:15