In life we all love the blessing. We pray and declare the blessing over our life, we talk about the blessing, we keep our mind on the blessing. However, we forget that often after the blessing comes the battle! And when Jesus was here on this earth He was no exception. Following Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit sent Jesus out into the desert (Mark 1:12) and after fasting forty days Jesus was hungry. If you have ever been on a fast you can understand the hunger that Jesus experienced. But watch this; that is when Satan showed up and said to Jesus, If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread (Matthew 4:3).
You can count on the enemy to show up at your most vulnerable moments. That is not going to change. His whole mission in life is to steal from you, kill you, and destroy you; and he takes his job seriously! (John 10:10) When he does show up you had better know what the Word of God actually says! You cannot just know select verses you have heard over and over second or third hand. You must know what the Word says for yourself!
Sometimes we pick the parts of Scripture that fit our lives and our particular theology, but we must know that when the enemy manipulates God’s Word and uses it against us, we need to be able to say, “It is written” just like Jesus did. We need to know what else God has to say in it‘s entirety! The Bible says in Daniel 7:25 “He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws…” Friend Satan is going to do everything he can to take from us, it is up to US to stop him. God has already done everything He is going to do about the Devil on this earth; Jesus left US with the power to overcome the enemy!
Look again and what Jesus did when the Devil confronted Him. While He may have been in a venerable state, Jesus answered “It is also written: Do not put God to the test.” He knew what His Father had actually said and refused to allow Satan to dictate His responses – including what He should eat and when He should eat.
We are to read the Word everyday, the Word tells us to daily renew or transform our minds by the Word (Romans 12:2) We have the right AND the power to tell Satan- Get thee behind me (Mt 16:23) and we are to stop letting him tell us lies and even Truths! We are to get into God’s Word and get it into us!