Tempter of the Soul of Man

8 12 2012

fallen angelWe are in the midst of a series called Who is the devil really? and today we look at the devil as tempter. We see him as the tempter since man was in the Garden of Eden. But today we look not at the fall of man but through the temptation of Jesus.

And the devil said unto him, If thou art the Son of God, command this stone that it become bread. And Jesus answered unto him, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone.

Luke 4:3-4

The devil knew who Jesus was and yet he could not help himself but to try to tempt him. The devil’s ego is great but the righteousness of Jesus stood firm.

When the devil sees the righteousness of God in someone, he has to tempt them. He desires to control the soul for he knows the spirit of man is lost to him for eternity! The mind, will and emotions, also known as the soul of man is the domain of the tempter or so he believes.

Jesus shows us how using scripture brings our soul into alignment with God stopping the tempter dead in hisTemptation of Jesus tracks. It didn’t mean the tempter was vanquished, but he departed for a season.

Temptation is not a constant thing, we are reminded in Luke 4:13. If the temptation was a constant thing we would overcome it and be done. The tempter of the soul of man lives in the shadows, waiting to reveal his temptation at the moment of his greatest advantage, as with Jesus as he came out of the desert.  Jesus overcame as he allowed the righteousness of God to be his sword and his shield.

Oh may we do the same!

Blessings and Complete Joy,


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