Google+ 05/02/14 Did God Say it Was Okay?

Luke 4:5-8

 

Then the devil took him up and revealed to him

All the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

“I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said,

“Because they are mine to give to anyone I please.

I will give it all to you if you will worship me.”

Jesus replied,

“The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.

 

We must be careful in this age of revelation.  Not everything that is revealed to us is from God.  How can we tell the difference?  Jesus tells us today through Luke, the physician.  Jesus is promised something that sounds "heavenly."  The devil takes Jesus to a vantage point where He can see all the kingdoms of the world in a moment in time.  The devil then offers each of them to Jesus.  Here is the key.  The devil lies and Jesus knows it.  The devil says he can give Jesus authority over all these kingdoms because they are Satan's to give.  If not for Scripture, Jesus could make a life-changing mistake.  Keep in mind, this is Jesus we are talking about.  The devil is tempting Him!  Satan has decided to lie to Jesus and see what happens.  If Jesus falls for Satan's lie in human form, eternal life as we know it would be over for all of us.  The "revelation" seems very tempting.  If you listen to Satan's exact words, he talks a very good game.  The problem, with this revelation for Jesus, is that it is all built on a lie.  I once rented a house from a gentleman for a year.  I paid the rent every month directly to his address.  One day, there came a knock on my front door.  When I opened the door, I was told that this person was looking for the owner of the house.  The name they mentioned I had never heard before.  Making a long story short, the man who was renting the house to me was not the owner.  I had paid twelve months of rent to the wrong person.  I never asked the "owner" for a copy of the deed showing his "ownership."  If I had, I would not have been surprised when I discovered that all of my rent had gone to a scam.  In the world, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!  Use Scripture to determine the true revelations from God in our everyday lives.  They are there.  We just need to be careful and discern God's true message.  We are once again doing the marvelous musical entitled, "Children of Eden."  There is a question that one of the sons asks Noah in the second act that applies to us.  We should ask it every time we make a decision.  Always ask, "Did God Say it Was Okay?"