“1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” Matthew 4:1-11 (NIV) 2010
“The Six Demonic Strategies of Satan”
II. The Devil Uses His Boldness to Execute His Attacks
“The tempter came to him…”
Demons tremble at the presence of Jesus; even when Jesus was not addressing them, demons would cry out as Jesus would pass by. We can’t confuse demons with Satan. I must make clear the fact that the devil is bold. Though that does not mean that he is even a threat to God; we must point out that when the devil came at Jesus; he did without fear. It took great courage to do a face-off with the Son of God. Chapter forty-one of Job is a description of the devil; in verse thirty-three we read: “Nothing on earth is its equal—a creature without fear.” Satan, formally known as Lucifer, planned a conspiracy against God. Lucifer convinced one-third of the angels in heaven. My friends; boldness is needed to even try a plan like that. Satan was also bold enough to come and contaminate God’s creation by seducing Adam and Eve into sin. I am believing that Satan is convinced that he can beat God. Satan did not run from Jesus, he came after Jesus!
The same way he came after Jesus, he is coming after you and me, personally, when we become a threat to his plan. If he is not scared of Jesus, do you think that he is scared of you and me? If you think that your shout, the fancy suit, a few years of seminary and a millions titles before your name will scare him away, you are up to a very rude awakening.
TO BE CONTINUED…