Another thing devil can use to trap believers into deception is human strength, which could be the gifts, skills, ability and talents in your life. It could as well be the position you are occupying or your wealth acquisition and influences.
“When the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread… And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Matt.4:3,6 KJV
He knew Jesus had the gifts and power to create and recreate since it is by Him that everything were created (John1:1-3, Col1:16). So, he wanted to take advantage of that by trying to lure Him to use it in a wrong way and for a wrong purpose.
People’s New Testament Commentary says in reference to that passage that; “If thou be the Son of God cast thyself down. Again the doubt is implied and the taunt uttered. Jesus had expressed his trust in the word of God. The devil now asks him to go from the extreme of distrust to that of rashly tempting God. It was, perhaps, the demand so often repeated and always refused, “to show a sign from heaven” [Mt 16:1; Mr 8:11; Lu 11:16], to make a display of his power to secure popular applause. Perhaps the evil spirit whispered to him to perform one stupendous miracle in Jerusalem, in the presence of all people, and to secure such fame that he would reach the throne without treading the thorny way of the cross. To have done so would have robbed the world of its Savior. “It behooved him to die, and to rise again.””
He wanted to hide under the wings of Jesus’ strength to ruin His vision and redirect His attention. He thought Jesus will act like a performing artiste who can display his magical power anywhere anytime for men’s appraisal or money making purpose so as to get Him disregard God; the giver of the gift and strength.
It was from the revelation of this experience that Jesus warned the disciples of what to beware off that;
“For many will come in (on the strength of) My name [appropriating the name which belongs to Me], saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray.” Matt.24:5 AMP
“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” KJV
Devil is not only achieving this in our present time through false prophets, he is also doing it through so many genuine believers and leaders by the spirit of end time. HE (DEVIL) STILL MANIFESTS THIS IN THE LIFE OF SO MANY BELIEVERS TODAY BY DECEIVING THEM TO USE THE STRENGTH OF GOD IN THEIR LIFE TO ANNOUNCE THEMSELVES RATHER THAN ANNOUNCING JESUS.
Pay attention to this:
“… My name” which means authority and character from the Greek translation. The Amplified version also rendered it as “(on the strength of) My name [appropriating the name which belongs to Me]”.
Actually, this is not where the problems lie because the true believers were sent by Jesus to use His name to turn the world to Him;
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark.16:17-18 KJV
So, using the name of Jesus could as well mean using His gifts, authority and power in your life in the world to glorify Jesus. But where the problem lies is that devil has crept into the life of many to use that name which was meant to glorify Jesus to glorify themselves. Many are already living by the spirit of the end time, saying unconsciously that “…I am the Christ (the Messiah)”.
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