Do you know how to listen to God’s voice and welcome the Lord?
From this movie clip, we can see thewas tempted by the devil. In the wilderness, the devil made ludicrous suggestions three times in a row, but the Lord saw through its tricks and responded with a strong counterattack.
The Lord Jesus’s three sentences were short but had authority and might. When the devil asked the Lord to tell stones to become bread, He answered, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” In the past, I didn’t know what’s the true meaning of this word, thinking: Why did God say that? Later, I found the answer from God’s word, “But the Lord Jesus said, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,’ which means that, although man lives in a physical body, what gives him life, what allows his physical body to live and breathe, is not food, but all the words uttered by the mouth of God. On the one hand, man regards these words as truth. The words give him faith, make him feel that he can depend on God, that God is truth. On the other hand, is there a practical aspect to these words? (There is.) Why? Because the Lord Jesus has fasted for 40 days and nights and He is still standing there, still alive. Is this an illustration? The point here is that He has not eaten anything, any food for 40 days and nights. He is still alive. This is the powerful evidence behind His phrase.” “… truth and life reside in God’s substance. Whatever befalls Him, what He reveals is truth. This truth, this phrase—whether its content is long or short—it can let man live, give him life; it can enable man to find, within itself, truth, clarity about life’s journey, and enable him to have.”
Then the devil asked the Lord to jump from the highest point of the temple. The Lord said, “It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.” We can also find the reason why the Lord said this from God’s word, “Is there truth in this phrase that Jesus said? (Yes.) There is truth in it. On the surface it seems like a commandment for people to follow, it is a very simple phrase, but it is one that both man and Satan have often violated. So, the Lord Jesus said to it, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God,’ because this is what Satan often did and it made every effort to do so, you could even say that Satan shamelessly did so. It is Satan’s essential nature to not be in fear of God and not have reverence for God in its heart. So even when Satan was beside God and could see Him, Satan couldn’t help itself but tempt God. Therefore, the Lord Jesus said to Satan, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” The Lord’s word is an admonition to us Christians: Before God, we should have a heart that fears Him with caution, and don’t tempt Him
In the last temptation, the devil wanted the Lord to worship it, and then it would give the wealth and glory of all of these kingdoms to Him. The Lord said, “Get you hence, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.” Then Satan left. What’s the meaning of the Lord’s word?say, “The Lord Jesus said this phrase which is important for each and every person: ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve,’ which states that except for the Lord, except for God Himself, if you serve another, if you worship Satan the devil, then you wallow in the same filth as Satan. You would then share Satan’s shamelessness and its evil, and just like Satan you would tempt God and attack God. Then what would your end be? You would be loathed by God, struck down by God, and destroyed by God, isn’t that right? After Satan had tempted the Lord Jesus several times without success, did it try again? Satan did not try again and then it left. What does this prove? It proves that Satan’s evil nature, its malice, and its absurdity and preposterousness is not worth a mention before God because the Lord Jesus defeated Satan in only three sentences, after which it scurried away with its tail between its legs, too ashamed to show its face again, and it never tempted Him again. Since the Lord Jesus had defeated this temptation of Satan, He could now easily continue the work that He had to do and assume the tasks that lay before Him.”
After I’m done watching this clip, I deeply feel the importance of God’s word. Meanwhile, it makes me understand: to see through the devil’s tricks, we need to pray and read God’s word more, knowing its nature from God’s word and equipping ourselves with truth. In this way, when the devil’s temptations come upon us, we will defeat it by relying on God.
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