Heart Check Tuesday 12 November 2019
One of the major weapons of the devil against believers is “Wind of Doctrine.” Paul wrote that one of the marks of spiritual maturity is that we are no longer tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14).
While the devil might not succeed in preventing you from being saved, he might just lay in wait to craftily sponsor some erroneous doctrines that you can subscribe to which would give him a platform to operate in your life, thereby, limiting you from accessing the fullness of your inheritance in Christ.
And two major reasons that believers often subscribe to such falsehood of the devil is because they usually appear truthful (they might even be taken from scriptures but twisted) and they are pleasing to the flesh.
For example, when the devil met with Adam and Eve in the garden, he simply twisted what God had said. Once Eve believed the lie of the devil, she began to see that the tree was good for food (the lust of the flesh), pleasant to the eyes (the lust of the eyes) and desirable to make one wise (the pride of life) (Genesis 3:6). From that moment, she shifted alignment from God and subscribed to the rebellion of the devil. She gave Satan a foothold on her heart and he turned it to a stronghold across generations of mankind.
Again, after Jesus had fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness, the devil tempted Him saying, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Of course, Jesus is the Son of God and He could have wielded the power available to Him to quench His hunger. Nevertheless, while that would have pleased His flesh, God would have been omitted from the equation of His satisfaction. He would only have glorified the devil by obeying him.
Today, many ministers are turning stones to bread and giving glory to the devil in the name of ministerial anointing and exploits. And following their error, many believers are also using resources God gave them for kingdom expansion to please themselves. They appear to be succeeding outside but they are bringing leanness to their souls.
The devil also tempted Jesus to worship Him in order to gain worldly authority and glory (the pride of life). He twisted the Scriptures by saying, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish” (Luke 4:6, NKJV).
But Jesus knew that “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” and God’s is “the kingdom and the power and the glory forever” (Psalm 24:1; Matthew 6:13, NKJV). Once He discerned the lie of the devil, Jesus countered Satan by saying, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve” (Luke 4:8, NKJV).
Lastly, He dared Jesus to prove His divine Sonship by throwing Himself off the pinnacle of the temple, for “He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone” (Luke 4:10, 11, NKJV).
Again, Jesus discerned the devil’s misappropriation of the Scriptures and replied Him with another Scripture thus: “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God’” (Luke 4:12, NKJV).
Unfortunately, many people are still falling to this deception of using their experience to authenticate the Scriptures. Our experiences are too insufficient to authenticate the Scriptures – they only testify. Only the Spirit of God in us breathes life to the Scriptures and authenticates it in our hearts.
That is why it is important that you feed on God’s pure word in order to grow in the knowledge of it. And you must always stay humble, yielded and aligned with the Spirit of God in order to be accurately guided in interpreting and applying the word of God. If your heart is already hardened, it will be difficult to hear and discern. “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts …” (Hebrews 3:15, NKJV).
Today, Babylon is still sponsoring its doctrine. That is why as believers climb the ladder of worldly success, many hardly retain their original shape in the Spirit. Be careful when the devil is overstretching the truth of the Scriptures to make you enjoy the passing pleasures of sin and rob you of your true inheritance in Christ.
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