Devotional For The Week of 11/27/2017 -Counterfeit Promise

(Matthew 4:8-11- Next Satan took Him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed Him the nations of the world and all their glory. “I’ll give it all to you,” he said, “if you will only kneel and worship me.” “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “The Scriptures say, ‘Worship only the Lord God. Obey only Him.’” Then Satan went away, and angels came and cared for Jesus.) Jesus was already the Messiah, the Son Of God, He didn’t need what the devil was trying to give Him because it was already His. The devil sends the counterfeit as a tool to distract us from the work God is doing in our lives. This story kinda reminds me of how the snake deceived Eve. (Genesis 2:9- The Lord God planted all sorts of beautiful trees there in the garden, trees producing the choicest of fruit. At the center of the garden He placed the Tree of Life, and also the Tree of Conscience, giving knowledge of Good and Bad.) (Genesis 2:16-17- But the Lord God gave the man this warning: “You may eat any fruit in the garden except fruit from the Tree of Conscience—for its fruit will open your eyes to make you aware of right and wrong, good and bad. If you eat its fruit, you will be doomed to die.”) God had already gave them trees that had fruit on it, but here comes the devil who steals, kills and destroys (John 10:10) and tricks Eve into eating the fruit they weren’t supposed to eat from. They already had fruit, they didn’t need what the devil was offering them. We must always be careful and use discernment. Don’t always go after what’s placed in front of you. Ask yourself: Is this from God? Does God want me to have this? Those 2 questions will be very helpful during your walk because the devil offers us stuff too. I wanna share this story about someone I know. They prayed for this job as a correctional officer and they got it and were making good money. One day this inmate comes to them (being used by the devil) and says hey if you do xyz for me I can get you a lot of money. So they started doing it and got caught and went to jail because what they were bringing in jail was a banned substance. They didn’t even need what the devil offered because they were already making good money. They tell this story a lot and always say “I didn’t even know it was the devil I was talking to” The devil does use people and he will comes as a friend, family member etc and it’s just so important to realize when the devil is in the room. He will always offer you the counterfeit, what you don’t even need, but remember that what God has for you is better.