One of the most important things the enemy is after in our lives is our true identity as daughters of the King. In Matthew 3 we find Jesus coming to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. After the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus the voice of His Father said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” God made it very apparent that
Jesus was His Son in whom He took great delight in. This statement from God the Father also established Jesus’ true identity that every teaching, miracle, and ministry would later flow out of.
Jesus had to live his entire life out of the confidence of who He was and that He was deeply loved as His Father’s son.
Jesus tempted by the devil
The very next chapter in Matthew describes how Jesus was tempted by the devil. It didn’t take long for the enemy to challenge what the Father had spoken over Jesus. Jesus had fasted for forty days and was extremely hungry, so the devil challenged Jesus by saying if He really was the Son of God to change the stones to bread. Jesus reply was “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” The second temptation that the devil gave to Jesus was to jump from the highest point of the temple. Jesus countered the enemy’s use of Scripture concerning God sending angels to protect Him, with the words, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” The third and final temptation was when the devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and told Jesus that he would give Him all the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would only bow down and worship him. Jesus responded with the words, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Stand confidently in who you are in Christ
When we find our true identity as children of God and we truly live out that place, we can expect the enemy to challenge and tempt us just as he did Jesus. If the devil can get us to question who we are and our rightful place as believers in Jesus’ redeeming work on the cross, he can gain access into our lives. Just like he did with Jesus, Satan can tempt us with what may sound good or what may be needed, but it’s not’s God’s will or His best. At that moment we must choose to live out of every word that proceeds from God’s mouth- the Scriptures.
We must always seek to do what pleases God because of the love we have for Him, never putting that love to a test.
When the enemy tempts us to choose the things of this world, we stand confident knowing there is only One we will ever seek first and give our allegiance to. God has given us the authority to tell the enemy to leave. You are God’s beloved daughter in whom He dearly loves. This undeniable fact gives you victory over every scheme the enemy can use in your life. When we stand confidently in who we are in Christ and remember that we are bought, chosen, redeemed, valued, and dearly loved we can stand firm and solid in faith that our loving God is for us and is on our side, no matter what comes our way.
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