– Taiwo Akinyemi
In the book of Genesis when the devil lied to the woman, he told her not to trust God in so many words.
Genesis 3 (NKJV)
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
This implied that the man and woman God had created were not yet in the image of God but that if the woman eat the fruit she would now become like God. However we know this is not true because in Genesis 1:26 God said – ” Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness… Man was already like God but the woman did not know this. Ignorance about what is truly yours will rob you of your blessing and ignorance is no excuse for doubt – you still lose even if you are ignorant.
Hosea 4 (NKJV)
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…
Not knowing the truth will lead to destruction because the devil uses what we do not know to try to steal, kill and destroy us (John 10:10).
You better know what God has said about you otherwise the devil will use what you do not know to deceive you and lead you to doubt. If you don’t know the truth about sickness for instance, the devil can use what you do not know to deceive you and make you doubt that you can receive your healing. He may tell you it is not the will of God to heal you for instance and this will instantly introduce doubt if you do not know the truth. Like I said last week; what you do not believe you cannot get.
Doubt is subtle and once you start to entertain doubt, it robs you of what is rightly yours – that is why it is so deadly. The devil wants to know if we KNOW what God has said. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness (Matt 4:4), the devil’s question was – if you are truly the son of God prove it. Now note that in the previous chapter God had just said openly at the river Jordan when Jesus was being baptized, that indeed this was His son.
Matthew 3 (NKJV)
17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased…
The devil knew who Jesus was just like he knew what God had said to the man and the woman in the garden of Eden – the questions were meant to introduce doubt not get clarity.
How did Jesus fare when the devil tried to tempt him? He passed the test and He passed because he knew who he was and also knew what the devil was up to. If Jesus had tried to prove he was indeed the son of God by turning the stones to bread that would have meant he wanted to remove all doubt but why would he need to do that? It wasn’t necessary.
1. He didn’t owe the devil an explanation for what God said
2. To do the test (turn stones to bread) would have opened Jesus up to the other twin – pride.
Well, imagine if Jesus had turned the stones to bread (God forbid!!!!). He would have been doing it to impress the devil by saying – “See, I am the son of God” but he didn’t yield to pride.
He didn’t need to do something spectacular (like turning stones to bread) to prove to the devil that he was who God said he was. He would only need to do that if he did not know who he was and needed to prove to himself and to the devil that he really was who God said he was. Remember pride is all about self so turning the stones to bread would have been a pride thing.
Never forget that your focus should be God NOT the devil.