12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Have you ever been having a discussion with someone and said you agreed with something that you really didn’t? Many times to avoid controversy people do just that. The most dangerous agreement we could ever make is with the enemy of our souls.
Jesus faced the devil head on in the wilderness. Satan made a lot of accusations that did not stick. One of the things that God impressed on me last week was that Jesus never agreed with what Satan was saying or accusing. How many times do we hear that voice that tells us we are not good enough and that we will always fail and we believe it? Jesus knew the truth of the scriptures and countered every attack that Satan made. Do we spend our lives agreeing with our enemy or trusting in God and his promises?
There are so many people today that are trapped in depression, anxiety, and insecurity because they have agreed with the lies that they are being told by our enemy. Why is that he tells us this lies? He does this first of all because he is the father of lies (John 8:44). We should not be surprised that Satan lies to us. He has been lying from the beginning. It is who he is and what he does.
Secondly, Satan is in the business of doing everything he can to hinder us from doing God’s work. If he can convince us that we do not have the ability to do what God wants us to do he has us. Satan loves failure because he attempts to constantly remind us of all the times that we have not accomplished what God had for us to accomplish. The enemy loves to point out our failures so that we will continue to fail.
Third, Satan loves to separate relationships. Many of the arguments and frustrations that we have with each other are based on pride and focusing on self. So many times we hear that deceptive voice that tells us you are right and no one can tell you otherwise. The ultimate goal of this attack is destruction and devastation of relationships. These attacks divide churches, destroy homes through divorce, and lead to isolation even among those who claim Christ.
So how do we live a life that is in agreement with Christ rather then our enemy? The way we can do this is to follow the example of Christ. God’s promises stand firm regardless of what the enemy attempts to tell us. We have a hope that is secure in Jesus Christ no matter what circumstances we face. This hope means that we still have the ability to move past our mistakes and live for Christ. Many of us have bought the lie that we still have to earn our relationship with God. Jesus Christ died on the cross because there was no other way to be saved. So why is it that we still continually attempt to save ourselves?
Have you lived your life in agreement with the enemy or with Christ? We agree with the enemy when we fail to love and allow bitterness to build. We agree with the enemy when we believe that we will never be good enough even though all things are possible through Christ. Are you living your life in agreement with the enemy or with Christ?