|Deal with promptings that are not from God.
By Greg Sanders
John 13:2 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. 2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.
It is not a sin to be tempted or prompted by the Devil. We are all prompted by the devil at different times. He prompts us to get offended; he prompts us to act on ungodly thoughts. He prompts us to ignore the truth and to convince us that no one will know anything if we act in secret.
One of the greatest inventions added to the communication system was caller id. Many of you remember when your phone had no screen and no caller id. When the phone rang, and you said hello, you had no idea who had just dialed in. Sometimes you ignored everyone’s call just to avoid one person.
Sometimes the promptings in our heart come unidentified the same way The thought does not come with an identifier that says “this is the Lord” or “this is your enemy.” How can we identify the source of such promptings? Identify them by responding to them with the Word of God. Jesus always answered the accusations and the attacks of the enemy.
Matthew 4:3 During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Jesus did not ignore the attacks or the promptings of the Devil, He answered them.
He answered by saying “scripture says.” He quoted the premise of God’s word as well as the promise His word delivers. When Satan prompts, you need to answer him with the premise Gods word and the promise of Gods word. What that does is remind you and the devil that you are not going to lose by saying no to your enemy. You only lose when you say no to God.
Unanswered accusations make a place for doubt, deception, and discouragement. If you let those promptings go unanswered, you will dwell on them, and they will start to haunt you and influence you.
Today’s Challenge: Answer the promptings of your heart with the word of God. Embracing God’s word identifies the source of our promptings and identifies the direction of His promise.