THE DEVIL IS A REAL BEING
The devil is a real being and this is an undisputed fact. He tempted Jesus and why would we not believe that he would not do the same to us. A better question might be this, “why are we always accusing God of allowing the devil to temp us into doing wrong? In order words allowing us to get caught up in a sea of sin, the story of Jesus’ temptation is an important demonstration of his power and sinlessness. He faced temptation and did not give in. We as His followers should trust in him as we too face temptations that will test our faithfulness to God. In the end, will we give into the devil’s temptation and suffer the agony of living in sin, whaling in it like hogs whaling in a pig pin.
The word “devil” in Greek means “accuser;” in Hebrew, the word “Satan” means the same. The Devil, who tempted Adam and Eve in the garden, also tempted Jesus in the wilderness. The Devil is a real being, a created yet rebellious fallen angel, and not a symbol or an idea. He constantly fights against God and those who follow and obey God. Satan is not omnipresent, nor is he all-powerful. Through the evil spirits under his dominion, Satan works everywhere attempting to draw people away from God and into his own darkness.
Since you now know that the devil and Satan are one and the same, and when you are always been accused of doing wrong, and you are speaking truth, you now know that it is Satan working his magic as the accuser attempting to destroy you with his lies. The devil is a liar, know this as truth. He is also known as the angel of light. The most beautiful angel God had ever created, and as such he is able to make himself as beautiful as need be in order to have his way with you. However, you must always resist the devil as the true liar that he really is, and always tell him to get the behind you.
Now when God compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, this would become his greatest challenge. God was putting Jesus to the test, not to see if Jesus was ready, but to show that he was ready for his mission. Satin, however, had other plans, he hoped to thwart Jesus’ mission by tempting him to do evil. This is the same thing that Satan does to us, when God sends us on a mission. Why was it necessary for Jesus to be tempted? Because temptation is part of the human experience, For Jesus to be fully human, he had to face temptation. Jesus had to undo Adam’s work. Adam, though created perfect, gave in to temptation and passed sin on to the whole human race. Jesus, by contrast, resisted Satan. His victory offers salvation to Adam’s descendants. We are those descendants and as such, we have victory over Satan. The choice is always ours.
Now listen to how the devil begin to execute his plan of attack upon Jesus, at the very moment when he thought Jesus was at his weakest point, which is the same thing that he does to us, as he seeks to find the weak spots in our armor. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.” (Luke 4:3-4 ESV). Instead of Jesus giving in to Satan temptation, Jesus turns the table on him, and use the word of God to push Satan back away from him. Although at this very moment Jesus was very hungry, and Jesus being God himself could have used his awesome power to turn those stones into bread.
On the surface, this might seem to be a fairly harmless act, even a compassionate suggestion, so why not use the resources that he had at his command and change a stone into a loaf of bread?
In this case, however, the sin was not in the act but in the reason behind it. The Devil was trying to get Jesus to take a shortcut, to solve his immediate problem at the expense of his long range goals, to seek comfort at the sacrifice of his discipline. Satan often works that way, persuading people to take action, even right action, for the wrong reason or at the wrong time. The fact that something is not wrong in itself does not mean that it is good for someone at a given time. Many people sin by attempting to fulfill legitimate desires outside of God’s will or ahead of his time table.
Jesus understood that obedience to the Father’s mission was more important than food. Making himself bread would have shown that he had not quite set aside all his powers, had not humbled himself, and had not identified completely with the human race. But Jesus refused, showing that he would use his powers only in submission to God’s plan.
The Devil is always prowling around, seeking to turn us around and become just like him, but the bible commands us to, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9 ESV).
In closing, just remember, “THE DEVIL IS A REAL BEING, and the father of lies, as such he is seeking to destroy you and tear down God’s Kingdom. Will you become his next victim?
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