“I will give you kingdoms, lands, daily bread, and miracles!”
Imagine serving a god that would give you kingdoms, miracles, and all your daily needs.
All he desires is our worship! Worship indeed, isn’t he worthy? Look at all the riches he can provide!
Tune up the band, sing praises to our god and king, who does miracles, reigns over the kingdoms of the earth, and glories in what you see around you.
Who would not worship him?
Answer: the Lord Jesus Christ.
The “god” described above is the Devil in Matt 4:9, who offered all these things to the Lord and was rejected.
The difference between the Devil and God is that one speaks the truth, and the other speaks a lie. Can you tell which is which by the sound of their voice?
The only way we can know them apart is to know what God is doing. If you don’t know what God is doing, then you will not know what the Devil is doing, and you can be tricked.
The Devil sounds a lot like God used to sound, or how we might expect God to sound if we don’t rightly divide the word of truth.
The Devil will teach good news of a different sort, but it is still good news (2 Cor 11:4-6).
The world is not good. We live in a present evil world filled with sin, war, and death. The true God glories in life, peace, and righteousness which is found in the cross.
The god of this world is the devil until the Lord returns (2 Cor 4:4). God’s kingdom is not established on the earth today.
We learn this only from rightly dividing the word of truth.
It is not enough to be Biblical, the Devil is biblical. We must be dispensational.
We must understand what God is doing and saying today to recognize his voice.
For His glory,
Justin “listen carefully” Johnson