2 Peter 2:8-9 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
When Yeshua (Jesus) was attacked by Satan during His temptation in the wilderness, He countered every attack with the Word of God. But notice in Satan’s second attack – the enemy himself quoted the Scriptures, saying, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written, ‘He shall give his angels charge over thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.’” (Matthew 4:6 was a quote from Psalm 91:11, but the phrase, “to keep thee in all thy ways” was absent from Satan’s quote).
If we learn anything from this, we will realize that Satan has knowledge and some understanding of Scripture, and that he will use the Word attempting to deceive us with it into wrong actions. This tactic goes back even as far as the Garden of Eden where the adversary twisted God’s word saying, “Did God really say you shall not eat from every tree in the garden?”
So it is today, that all around us we are hearing constant abuses, questions, and attacks against the truth and reliability of God’s Word. Did God really create the world…in six days? Did God really say that marriage consists of a union between a man and a woman? Is God really going to judge the world and destroy it with fire? Has God really defined absolute moral truth?
The enemy is constantly attempting to erode and destroy the foundational truths of God’s word using distortions, corruptions, half-truths, and modern “interpretations”, for he knows that “if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)
Let’s not be deceived by these subtle ploys of Satan. If we agree to alter or dilute the Word of God to accommodate our circumstances or natural inclinations, we will end up exactly where that serpent wants us; in disobedience, sin, and sorrow. You know, Satan has been using religious language to tempt the saints since the beginning of time, even to the point of trying to persuade people that he doesn’t even exist. We must be discerning. If we want to live and walk in the truth we will believe God’s Word undiluted without compromise or private interpretation, seeking to understand it with the help of His Holy Spirit, Who is the only perfect interpreter. If we do, the enemy’s deceptions will fail, and we will be delivered from every temptation!
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I agree, Satan and his cohorts are bent on destroying God’s holy and innerant word, but their attempts will fail. God’s word will stand, but we must stand for it as well!
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As a Sunday school teacher I feel the strong need to teach my class of 8-12 yrs olds how to be able to become good Bereans and to search everything to see if it agrees with the Word of God. I want them to know how to look up and cross reference Scripture, to learn to prayerfully read in context and to store God’s Word up in their hearts. I want them to know that the Holy Spirit will help us to understand and remember God’s Word for times we need it and that the Holy Spirit will never want us to do anything that does not agree with the Word of God. I also want them to learn important doctrines so that they will be able to stand firm in the faith.
I just found your website and I feel God led me here. I have been reading some of your devotionals and find they are very nourishing for spiritual growth and insight for helping prepare lesson material for the young ones. Thank you! (I had never taken notice before that Satan omitted a line of Scripture when he was quoting Scripture to Jesus). I want to show the children some examples and so will have them look up these two Scriptures as well as the few I already have, to see who can find the missing line first. Thank you. I am sending a shortcut to my desktop for your site.