Watch Out For Trick Questions

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I think there’s one thing we can all agree on.  The devil is a liar.  He’s deceitful and he’d love to cause havoc in your life.

John 8:44 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“. . .because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.”

Yes, the devil is a liar but he is also very tricky.

He loves word games.

He loves to pose deceitful questions.

This is nothing new.  He did it to Jesus.

Matthew 4:3 in the King James Versions says:

“And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”

Matthew 4:6 in the King James Version says:

“And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”

Matthew 4:9 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“And he said to Him, These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me.”

The devil knew the answer to the questions he posed to Jesus.  He was using deceitful questions.

Don't be surprised when he does it to you.

Luke 20:1 in the New King James Version says:

“Now it happened on one of those days,”

Things happen at specific times for a reason.

You know what I mean.  Did you ever have "one of those days?"

I’m sure most of us have.  But the question is what do you do when you’re having one of those days?

First, Praise God for all the good things happening in your life.  Are you breathing on your own?  Praise Him for it.  Are you walking on your own?  Praise Him for it.

Are you blind or can you see perfectly?  Praise Him for it.

That’s a good place to start.

Second, do something unexpected for your spouse, friend or co-worker.  For instance, buy them a Starbucks or perhaps a donut or two.  If nothing else, just call to thank them for being who they are to Him and to you.

Third, write down any testimonies you’ve experienced in the past month.  Also, include the testimonies of close friends. 

Fourth, review your social media pages.  It’s where your friends often give you warm fuzzies which will brighten your day.  It’s also where you find out that you’re not the weirdest person you know.  There are some crazy folks on social media that will make you Thank God that you are you.

Fifth, do something unusual.  Have lunch in the park instead of at your desk.  Take time to feed the birds.  Watch a movie or TV show that will make you laugh out loud.

Sixth, analyze what went wrong with your day and what you can do to fix it.

Seventh, meditate on possible solutions to whatever is causing you to have a bad day.

And yes, remember, you’re not alone. . .Jesus was attacked "on one of those days."

If Jesus can have "one of those days" can have one, too.

Luke 20:1 in the New King James Version continues by saying:

“. . .as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him.”

What had Jesus done to deserve confrontation?

He was busy preaching and teaching the Word of God.

Attack does not come because you deserve it.  Attacks just "come."

As you increase in your wisdom and knowledge of the Word you make the devil’s hit list.  That’s actually a good thing.

The demonic realm is very real and any time you move toward God, you become a target of the dark side.

Luke 20:2 in the New King James Version says:

“. . .and spoke to Him, saying, “Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?”

Spiritual authority is routinely challenged but is clearly made available to every believer.

Luke 10:19 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.”

Some parents have their spiritual authority challenged by rebellious children.

If you’re a leader in your local church. . .you can find your authority s challenged by strife-fueled individuals in the church.

Angry people have asked me, "What gives you the authority to do this?"

As a Pastor my authority comes from the Word of God.  I can only exercise authority when I am moving in accordance with the Word of God.

Matthew 16:19 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.”

My authority extends to the limits of the revealed Word of God. 

Only a fool would go beyond.

Luke 20:3-4 in the New King James Version says:

“But He answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, and answer Me: 4 The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men?”

Sowing and reaping is the oldest law in the Bible.

The Bible is clear about this:  What we Sow is what we reap.

Galatians 6:7 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.”

As we’ve pointed out many times before. . .what you sow. . .that and that only is what you will reap.

Now let’s go a little further.

When the religious leaders challenged Jesus they opened themselves to a challenge from Him.

Luke 20:5-7 in the New King James Version says:

“And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 6 But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.” 7 So they answered that they did not know where it was from.”

The Holy Spirit will give us words to say that silence our enemies.

Luke 12:12 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour and moment what [you] ought to say.”

When you go into an important meeting or on a critical sales call. . .ask the Holy Spirit to anoint your lips with the words you should say.

He will give us routes to travel safely during the tricky seasons of life.

Jesus had answered their question with a question that confounded the legal experts attempting to torment Him.

Luke 20:8 in the New King James Version says:

“And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Let me share a tough truth:  Not everyone qualifies for your time.

Let me say that again. . .not everyone qualifies for your time.

Ask God to use you where you can make a difference.

These individuals were not seeking The Kingdom.  They believed they were The Kingdom.

Their arrogance and lack of submission caused them to be left outside The Kingdom of God.

Keep your heart open to the Holy Spirit today.

Jesus is still speaking to the humble.

Expect His leadership to be manifested in your life at this moment and stop falling for the tricky questions and temptations of the enemy.

And by the way, if you feel like you’re starting to have one of those days. . .STOP IT!  No sad faces. . .no pity parties. . .we’ve got too much to be thankful for.