I wrote this post a few months ago but did not share for some reason. Yesterday at a conference, Jonathan David Helser touched on the same topic and I was reminded of this post and I had to share it. So here are the 2 “IF’s” we need to watch out for :
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “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.” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” (Matthew 4)
From the above passage, lets look at two “IF’s” mentioned there :
1. “IF you are the son of God” :
The enemy’s biggest weapon against us is to question our identity. When we start doubting our identity, we slowly give away control of our lives. Identity plays a huge role in our world. Jobs, visas, lifestyle..everything is altered by a person’s identity. Identity carries power. Our Identity as children of God is our biggest value.
Jesus was asked to turn stones into bread if He was the son of God. There is nothing we need to do to prove our identity because we did not earn our identity. We received our identity as a gift of grace. You are unshakable when you do not doubt your identity.
Have you had moments when you’ve doubted your identity as a child of God?
2. “IF you will bow down and worship” :
Be careful what you say yes to. And even more careful when you say yes for a reward. Our life is a puzzle of choices. The enemy will place rewards in front of us to pull us into His agenda for our lives. Jesus wasn’t moved by the rewards the enemy offered. We need to be constantly conscious about living a lifestyle of worship. Jesus is the only one who deserves our worship.
I pray that you would hold on to your unshakable identity as a child of God and all your worship will be to the One who is worthy.
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