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Discover the Book - May 11, 2009

  • 2009 May 11
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Satan Wants YOU to Doubt God's Word

 

When Jesus met the Devil in the wilderness, His only resource was God's Word—and that is the one weapon Satan fears. That is why Satan’s original temptation with Eve centered on her coming to a place of doubting or distorting God's Word. 

In a very real way each of us has within us the four basic spiritual flaws that Satan exploited as he introduced sin to Adam and Eve.  

Jesus explained it this way in John 8:44 (NAS): 

"You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies 

Each of us are born into this world just like our father the devil. That is the terrible reality of our depravity. We are sinners by nature, by choice, and by the declaration of God's Word. Only Jesus and the divine transformation of the new birth can change all that.  

Satan’s plan as he tested Jesus two thousand years ago, and even to this day, involves his same lies from Genesis 3; these are the lies of Satan that seek to keep mankind from listening to the voice of their Creator.  As we open in our Bibles to Genesis 3, remember… 

Satan Doesn't Want You To Listen To God's Word Today 

Satan is in an all out attack to make you and me doubt, reject and become deafened to the voice of Jesus. We are not listening to the voice of Jesus when we think wrongly about God! Will you listen to that voice? Adam and Eve chose to not listen to God.    

Instead of following God obediently in Paradise, Adam and Eve disobeyed, fell into sin, and Paradise was lost. As a side note for you American History buffs, an amazing fact is that the first words printed in America were in the New England Primer. The first page opens with "In Adam's fall we sinned all".  

Genesis 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 “but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 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.” NKJV  

Join me at the scene of the first temptation to sin. As with all other doctrines, the first occurrence has many powerful insights. Note the way Satan attacks God’s authority by a series of doubts about God's Word and distortions of God's Word. 

Attack One: Doubt God’s Word (3:1a) 

Doubting God is the goal of the devil. If he can get his foot in the door by making us doubt, the rest of his plan quickly can follow. Without the foundation of God's Word believers are adrift and fall prey to every wind of doctrine and get tossed to and fro.  

When young people are first exposed to secular scientific theories (with the God of Scripture left out), Satan always plants this seed of doubt in their minds: “Has God indeed said …?” (3:1a). Since listening to the voice of Jesus always involves the Bible, Satan tries to persuade us that God’s Word is just like any other book. “Oh,” he says, “the Bible is nice, perhaps helpful, but it is not absolute.” 

Satan’s ultimate plan is to keep us from regular contact with the Lord by any one of a variety of tools he employs: questioning the authority of God's Word, avoiding the teaching of God's Word, or neglecting the reading of God's Word.  

  • The Lesson: You doubt God when you doubt His Word. 

Let me ask you personally, is Satan's flaw showing up in your life this week? Have you neglect God's Word to some degree this week? What was it Jesus said back to Satan when faced with this very flaw in Matthew 4:4

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” 

Jesus’ words at His temptation speak to all of us right now. 

  • If it is a choice between breakfast or Bible reading—God's Word should win.
  • If it is the choice between TV or your worship and Scripture time—God's Word should win.
  • If you are having to choose between God's Word and sports, amusements, games, hobbies, web browsing, email writing, Facebook postings, or whatever—God's Word should win! 

Are you doubting, by neglect, that God's Word is more important than even eating?  

Jeremiah said in 15:16 Thy words were found and I ate them, And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Thy name, O LORD God of hosts.  

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