Battling Satan With the Word

by John & Ruth Greene

chainsbrokenEveryone at one time or the other is subject to testing and trial. Not a single human soul that has walked this earth is exempt. (James 1:2-3) When Yahshua [Jesus] was starting His earthly ministry, He spent time set apart in the desert to prepare Him for what He was to face: trial and temptation. In this world, trial is a part of life. The fact is that you haven’t shown true obedience if you have never had an opportunity to disobey. The world we live in is the world that Adam and Eve created through their disobedience and that is why Yahshua [Jesus] came; to create an example and a testament to the world as well as to save a remnant of mankind that would listen and obey. (“Knowing Where You Stand on YHWH’s Threshing Floor“; “YHWH’s Threshing Floor“; “Foundation of Salvation“)

The old nation of Israel under Moses underwent a similar trial in the desert. The walk to the Promised Land was not long, but the Israelites remained in the desert for 40 years because of the attitudes that they possessed and refused to relinquish. They had to be humbled and cleansed; thoroughly tested and tempered to live in a new earthly kingdom. As you well know, most of them failed the test miserably because they could not leave their slave mentality and the attitudes that came with that, no matter what YHWH did for them. So many in old Israel didn’t have faith themselves. They wanted faith made for them. (“Breaking the Strongholds of Egypt and Canaan in Your Heart“; “Strongholds & the Armor of YHWH“)

“Then Yahshua [Jesus] was led up into the wilderness by the Spirit, to be tempted by the Devil. And having fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards He hungered. And coming near to Him, the accuser said, ‘If You are the Son of YAHWEH, speak that these stones may become loaves.’ But answering, He said, ‘It has been written ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of YAHWEH.’ (Deut. 8:3)

Then the accuser takes Him to the holy city, and he set Him on the pinnacle of the sanctuary. And he said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of YAHWEH, throw Yourself down; for it has been written ‘He shall give His cherubs charge concerning You, and they shall bear You on their hands, lest You strike Your foot against a stone.’ (Psa. 91:11, 12) Yahshua said to him,  ‘Again it has been written ‘You shall not test YAHWEH your Elohim.’ (Deut. 6:16)

Again the Devil takes Him to a very high mountain, and shows to Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And said to Him. ‘I will give all these things to You if falling down, You will worship me.’ Then Yahshua said to him, ‘Go, Satan! For it has been written ‘You shall worship YAHWEH your Elohim, and Him only shall you serve.’ (Deut. 6:13) Then the accuser left Him. And behold! Cherubs came near and ministered to Him.” – Matthew 4:1-11, HRB

Jesus in the desertYahshua [Jesus] knew YHWH’s Word and spoke it when tested, even at the height of exhaustion. He came back at the devil with YHWH’s Word. He proved where His heart was after 40 days of pummeling by the elements, putting His body and will to extreme physical test. Yahshua [Jesus] was careful with His words. He bridled His tongue. He set the example for all future sons and daughters of the Most High. Disciples are not to be tempted by the stupidity of the devil. Scripture is the foundation, the very kernel of truth for the disciple. Yahshua [Jesus] did not sin, anchored by the truth of YHWH’s Word. YHWH wants us to use your knowledge of the Bible on the devil and the dark kingdom. YHWH wants us to use His Word for our lives. There is no substitute for it. (“Understanding Sin“; “Sin & the Law of Liberty“; “The Unpardonable Sin“)

Yahshua [Jesus] faced temptation and gave a witness that He was not a fool for the devil even under the most adverse conditions when He was at His most vulnerable. (1 Peter 5:8) He did this without missing the mark in sin. YHWH wants disciples to face their trials in the same way. Disciples must realize that temptation is not missing the mark. Giving in to sin in disobedience is what disciples of the Messiah, sons and daughters of YHWH’s Kingdom, must avoid. (2 Corinthians 5:7; 2 Peter 2:4-12) For those without the benefit of spiritual maturity, deception and distraction can be easy, especially when you don’t have or have lost discernment. (“Discernment the World Doesn’t Have“; “Discernment: Having an Ear to Deeper Understanding“; “Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“)

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. For the wrath of man does not work out the righteousness of YAHWEH. Wherefore, remove far from you all impurity, and the abundance of wickedness; and, with meekness, receive the word that is implanted in our nature, being able to save your souls. But become doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, this one is like a man studying his natural face in a mirror; for he studied himself, and has gone away, and immediately he forgot how he looked. But the one looking into the perfect Law of liberty, and continuing in it, this one not having become a hearer of the word which can be forgotten, but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in his labor. And if any one thinks that he ministers to Elohim, and does not restrain his tongue, he deceives his own heart, and his service is in vain. Pure and holy service before YAHWEH and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their afflictions, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” – James 1:19-27, HRB

satans-fireSatan offered Yahshua [Jesus] the world, a quick way to profit through the power of an earthly kingdom, which incidentally is exactly what the Jews wanted. Yahshua [Jesus] would not have any of this. As James outlined, Yahshua [Jesus] spoke YHWH’s Word as a doer. He was undeceived. He was quick to hear and slow to speak. Disciples need to be the same as much as possible. Satan offers you the opportunity of quick profits and a fast life, a chance to live life on your own terms without regard for others. What you actually accomplish will vary depending on your talents and your ability to scheme your way to the top. If you are scheming your way through life, you aren’t trusting in your Heavenly Father. When you profess genuine trust in the provision of YHWH, forfeiting your trust to the world will get you the opposite of what you claim. That is because you have compromised your faith and believed a lie. All disciples will be tested. Because you know the tests will come, you can be alert and ready. (“A Branch of the Vine through Trust“; “Disciple: Where Do You Place Your Trust?“; “The Antichrist & the War on Reality“; “Bible Prophecy and the Rise of the Corporation“)

The Bible is the mirror, the greatest single tool for self-examination in the life of a disciple. In the past, YHWH’s people didn’t have this tool. They had to listen, share and live their faith. This is exactly what disciples are to do today. Faith is trust that obeys YHWH’s Word. The trust of faith removes discrimination and creates kindness. Faith proves itself by its works and through its fruit. Through trust, faith lives by producing wisdom, humility and tongue control. Faith makes better people that live by the Word of YHWH. Faith produces dependence on Him. (“The Mirror of YHWH’s Word“; “Disciple: Live Your Belief“; “Abiding With YHWH in Quiet Places“)

“’But He gives greater grace. Because of this it says, ‘YAHWEH sets Himself against proud ones, but He gives grace to humble ones.’ (Prov. 3:34) Then submit to YAHWEH. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:6-7, HRB

walking into the desertActive faith [trust] waits for the return of your Savior. Active faith trusts YHWH. Man’s system is what Satan rules. Satan fiercely hates and needs people. He fears not being able to control your life. He wants you to die in the wilderness of the apostate world. It’s nothing personal. He just hates losing. At Messiah’s Return, Satan and the dark kingdom will be taken away. Satan will lose influence over what he has and ultimately will be destroyed along with those that choose his ways. (“The Secret Weapons of Christians“; “Consenting to Fables of Men“; “Building a Counterfeit Kingdom“; “The Image & Mark of the Beast System“; “Living in an Apostate World“)

You are just like your Messiah as you walk in His footsteps in belief, trusting every Word He said. You live on a daily basis, from day to day in trust. The Bible is your foundation and the Holy Spirit [Sanctified, Set Apart Spirit] is your Divine Counselor, your Seal and Guide. (John 14:16-18)

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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