'Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.' James 1:14 NLT
It’s a war out there. And the enemy can, and does, use your own moves against you. In yesterday’s story (if you read further in the Bible passage) Satan started mouthing off Scripture against Jesus. God’s own Word used against God. It might seem a bit of a weird strategy, but it’s something that can trip us all up and be used against us. Satan’s attempt to twist God’s powerful Word against God Himself was ingenious. Of course, because Jesus was on to it, He was able to identify the lies. But the attack strategy is still crafty as. How so? The enemy goes after our weak points, sure, but he also attacks our strengths and the things we lean on for support—places where we feel comfortable. Whether it’s your knowledge of the Bible, or some good thing you think you have complete control over (great self discipline, helpful conversations with others, a hobby you love), there’s a real danger to watch out for there. The enemy took Scripture out of context and attacked Jesus with it. Don’t let the enemy take good (even Godly) things out of their right context and use them to attack you. Instead do what Jesus did. The enemy used Scripture, and what did Jesus do? The same. ‘Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”’ (Matthew 4:7 NLT) Whatever you’re being tested with, even Scripture, getting to know your Bible better front–to–back will give you the context to spot the enemy’s craftiness.
SoulFood: Num 16-18; Luke 7:24-35; Ps 107:33-43; Pro 3:27-28
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