Apostle Grace Lubega
Luke 4:3-4 (KJV): And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
The temptation of Jesus Christ gives us great insights into how the enemy tempts the children of God.
The first aspect of temptation is the knowledge of one’s identity. Do you know who you are?
The enemy did not say, ‘If thou be the Son of God…’ because he did not know who Christ was and was only trying to establish this fact. He wanted to test whether the Lord knew who He was.
Many Christians fail this test and in doing so, they turn stones into bread. They indulge in actions to prove to men who they are because, in the first place, they are indifferent to their own spiritual identities.
If you know who you are, there is no point in proving it. There is nothing to be achieved from healing a lame man merely to show observers that you are a man of God. Healing and the demonstration of the power of God are meant for a higher purpose other than massaging your insecurities.
When you hear a Christian say, ‘Can I show you?’ or demonstrate power ‘to show them’, it is only because they do not know who they are. What may appear as a miracle or a work of God to others when weighed against the standard of the Spirit will be found to be stones turned into bread.
FURTHER STUDY: Genesis 3:1-5; Romans 8:14
GOLDEN NUGGET: If you know who you are, there is no point in proving it. There is nothing to be achieved from healing a lame man merely to show observers that you are a man of God. Healing and the demonstration of the power of God are meant for a higher purpose other than caressing your insecurities.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I know who I am because I have the right vision of God. I am a child of the Most High God and I am anchored in Christ, my identity. The Bible says my real life is hidden in Christ. I do not look to anything external for vindication but to You, my source and foundation, in Jesus’ name, Amen.