Show me. Prove it!
This is what the devil said to Jesus in the wilderness. This is also what the devil says to me.
“IF you are a child of God, you wouldn’t struggle with this anxiety.”
“IF you are a child of God, you would stop making this mistake.”
Jesus KNEW his father. In fact, he had just spent 40 days fasting in the desert talking to his father and struggling with whatever the Father had for him to wrestle with. He did not believe the devil’s implications for a second. The Devil was trying to get him to doubt his sonship and his place and his authority.
Not once did Jesus argue or try to PROVE anything. He just answered with The Word of truth.
I find myself hearing these accusations everyday and the challenge to prove who I am in Christ. But, I need to follow the footsteps of Jesus and rest in the truth of God’s Word.
I AM a child of God.
I AM forgiven.
I AM free from accusation.
I AM loved more than I know.
I AM growing.
I AM overcoming.
I AM lovable!
Satan wants us to doubt because doubt is the doorway to sin. He wants to remove our confidence in the cross of Jesus Christ and to put our confidence in the flesh.
My flesh may fail, but God’s promises never fail and he is the one who keeps me safe in his arms.
If I doubt the power of God to deliver me, I will be afraid and I will live in fear and not power.
Now, the only exception I would take to clarify is that not every concerning feeling is a test from Satan. Sometimes the Holy Spirit is convicting us of sin and we need to repent. But, on the other side of repentance is forgiveness! That is why 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Listen to the Spirit if you need to repent and turn from sin.
But, the Holy Spirit will not bring a feeling of rejection or fear of failure. The scripture says, “He did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” God’s Spirit will give us power over sin, assurance of love and the ability to rationally live in truth.
Here is the scripture of how our Lord and Savior answered his accuser! May we endeavor to be like him!
Matthew 4:1-11 Matthew 3:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Now in those days John the Baptist *came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” Then the devil *took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and *said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,‘He will command His angels concerning You’;and‘On their hands they will bear You up,So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall 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 glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus *said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’” Then the devil *left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.