The best defense
Matthew 4:1-4 – Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
The Bible says that the devil comes to steal, defeat and destroy. If he tempted Jesus, he will certainly tempt you. I have written a blog post on this verse before, but today I want to focus on how the devil can attempt to get into your way of thinking.
You know those late night worries and anxious thoughts you get? They’re not from God, but from the devil. He knows your weaknesses, and he knows what will stress you out the most. He plants seeds of negativity into your mind, and hopes that you will cling on to them and continuously fret about them.
One of youth leaders came up with an incredible analogy. She said, imagine if a pigeon poos on your head. Totally not ideal, but you won’t carry on with the rest of your day with the poo stuck to your head, right? You’ll wipe it and clean it off.
That’s what you need to do when the devil poos in your thoughts. Clean it off! Don’t let the devil dwell where he shouldn’t. And as Jesus demonstrates in this verse, the best way to defend yourself against the enemy is to know the Word of God. Know it so well that in the midst of the devil’s attack, you can speak it out over yourself and against him.