INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. "For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over You, to keep You, and in their hands they shall bear You up, lest You dash Your foot against a stone.' " Luke 4:9-11
If you wanted to start a mega-church today, climb up on the highest building in town, throw yourself off and when the angels show up to carry you down you will have thousands of followers! Sound like a stretch, but it happens? Preachers promise all kinds of prosperity, healing, miracles and success for those who join up and give to their ministry, all using the word of God!
Satan did exactly that with Jesus when he started quoting the word of God! I thought he was afraid of God's word, no, he knows it better than anyone on the planet and often uses it against us! The devil doesn't play fair and nothing is too low for him to try and trap you with. Deceit, deception and lies are his weapons of choice in which he hunts for the unsuspecting prey! Did you notice that he also used doubt again on Jesus when he questioned His identity?
It is amazing to me that Jesus preformed hundreds of mighty miracles, from walking on water to raising the dead and yet when He finished His ministry on earth and told His disciples to wait on the outpouring of the Spirit there were only 120! Why? Because Jesus demanded obedience and 100% devotion to Him and His commission!
And Jesus answered and said to him, "It has been said, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God!' " Luke 4:12
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin