Do you remember in the Bible when Satan quoted Scripture? It was when he was tempting Jesus in the wilderness. And Satan actually quotes the Word of God to the Word made flesh.
The first time I really thought about that it was a bit unnerving: the devil knows the Bible. And he does.
And here’s why this is so important to recognize: if he knows the passages he can twist – to lead you astray in your life – better than you know the truth – and the heart of God behind that truth – you’re going to be in trouble.
And I’m not suggesting that you need to have the entire Bible memorized. But let me make this personal for you.
It seems to me that if I was Satan, I would want to study every believer. I would want to know,
- What are their weaknesses?
- What are their greatest areas of vulnerability?
And it should be clear that every person is different. So if I know those things, then I can be more effective in temptations, right?
So, I would suggest that we need to identify and know our own areas of weakness. What are the things that you, personally, struggle with the most? And, once you’ve identified those areas, then you need to study what the Bible says about those things. How can you combat those temptations in the same way that Jesus did?
So, in Matthew 4:5-6, Satan says, in essence, “Go ahead and jump, Jesus. You’re not going to get hurt. After all, the Bible – that You love to quote – says the angels will keep you from harm, right?”
But Jesus is not drawn into the argument. Instead – once again – He simply goes on the offensive. “Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Matthew 4:7)
It’s interesting – to me, at least – that Jesus does not deny what Satan said about the angels rescuing Him. Instead of quibbling over that point, Jesus simply brings it back to the real heart of the matter: God’s people are not supposed to put Him to the test. And that’s where Jesus takes His stand.
Whether or not the temptation is accurate or not is immaterial. Even if what Satan was saying was true, per se, it’s still wrong. Jesus takes His stand on what He knows to be THE most important truth in this particular matter: Don’t put God to the test.
So, for your life, although it may be true that you struggle in certain areas, the higher truth is what God’s Word says about you.