JESUS said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of GOD…” (Matthew 4:4) We like to make excuses about ourselves, parents, ancestries, spouses, mates, jobs, children, childlessness, sicknesses, fates, education, or whatever but I want you to know GOD knew all of us before we ever got to this Earth. Frankly, “GOD does not care if you’re Sitting Bull’s bull – JUST LIVE RIGHT!” If you don’t know what’s right or wrong as the law frequently changes day to day, please read the WORD OF GOD! The Word of God is the same yesterday, today, and forever!
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
I am talking to somebody out there about the things going on in your life. You see the tempter (the dEVIL) is troubling you every way but which!
(1) I want you to know that same dEVIL tried JESUS! The Bible says, “Then was JESUS led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to Him, He said, If thou be the Son of GOD, command that these stones be made of bread. But JESUS answered and said, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:1-4)
FYI: We all know the tempter knew exactly who he was talking too and he knew JESUS as the Son of God because he was in Heaven. However, it didn’t make a bit of difference! The tempter was (and still is) aware that his days are numbered and he (including his fallen angels and all wicked persons) will be cast into the Lake of Fire. The tempter comes when you least expect trouble…after fasting, praying, trying to live right…after you make new year resolutions…if you’re following the right procedures/policies…if you’re trying to stop drinking or taking drugs…if you’re trying to be a good husband, wife, son, daughter, grandparent, friend, teacher, doctor, or whatever! As you know, the tempter has no respect of persons!
(2) I want you to know the dEVIL ain’t finished yet! In spite of Jesus’ spoken Word, the tempter made two more attempts to break Jesus’ fellowship with His FATHER!
(A) The Bible says, “Then the devil taketh Him up into the holy city, and setteth Him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith to Him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, HE shall give HIS angels charge concerning thee and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
JESUS said, “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” (Matthew 4:7) This was a simple clean-cut answer [THE WRITTEN WORD] and this should be the technique we all should use addressing one another and the tempter.
We all know there are folks who cannot take “…no….” for an answer. You’ve got to use different dialects to get your point across. There are people who will try you and drive you to the point of no return. Perhaps, these jokers are hoping youse teeth will fall out, but you’ve got to stay on target with the LORD (or else you will fail the test and the tempter will come back at you again and again and again and again and again and again).
(B) The Bible says, “Again the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdom of the world, and the glory of them. And saith unto Him, All these things will I give thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8-9)
JESUS said, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” (Matthew 4:10)
The dEVIL ain’t never gonna give up trying to trick you out-of-fellowship with JESUS and the ALMIGHTY GOD! If the tempter can’t get you one way, he will try another. If he can’t come through the front door, he will climb through the window. He will speak sweet words, buy you breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you get off work after midnight, he will offer a midnight snack/cap. Think about it! The dEVIL took Jesus up from the pinnacle of the temple to a much higher mountain and showed the Lord all the kingdoms of the world. Even worse, the dEVIL tried to offer JESUS what JESUS already owns.
Check this out, the tempter will offer you a steak dinner at Ruth’s Steak House and if that don’t work he will take you to the top floor of a private and elite restaurant. Some how the tempter has to win you over to his side or he will lose! He show ain’t gonna offer you a peanut butter sandwich! Or, the thief will break into your car to steal your car radio and try to sell you back your radio the next day! How you gonna buy back something you already own???
(C) The Bible says, “Then the devil leaveth Him [JESUS], and, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.” (Matthew 4:11) After a season of testing, the devil has to flee but you’ve got to speak the WRITTEN WORD! You’ve got to stay rooted and grounded in CHRIST JESUS as in Him you have your freedom, movement, being, existent, happiness, and righteousness.
Nobody wants to go through trials and tribulations unless you’re crazy! We want everything to be peaches and ice cream but it ain’t! The second after birth, the devil comes in. One writer said, “…he was conceived in sin…” One minute the new born in smiling, cooing, and the next minute he is tooting up his lips to manipulate Mommy to hold him in her loving arms. The moment Mommy puts him down, he toots up his little lips and starts to cry!
Just remember, you may not be a movie star (and you don’t need to be one). Instead, you can be a star in GOD’S marvelous production. “GOD does not care if you’re Sitting Bull’s bull – JUST LIVE RIGHT!”
Have a Blessed Day!