Does God Really Care: 3 Tricks the Enemy Uses to Make Us Lose Trust in God

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We all have needs that we need met. A new car, a job, a husband, a house, a child, healing- the list is endless. Some of us just started waiting for God to move in a certain situation while others have been waiting for years. The enemy likes to come in and take advantage of our lack. He begins to magnify our need as if life can’t go on until it is handled and sometimes it makes us question God. In Matthew 4, Jesus had a need. Satan used that need to try to get Jesus to turn his back on God. Today, the enemy still tries to do the same with us. Let’s take a look at some of his tricks and let’s learn from Jesus how to overcome them.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,“‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:1-4)

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1Jesus had just finished fasting for 40 days. The man was hungry. And what does Satan do? He tempts him with food. Here’s three stones Jesus, why don’t you just turn it into loaves of bread. He was mocking Jesus and taking advantage of his current situation to get him to do something the Father wouldn’t be pleased with.

He does the same to us. You could be sitting in a room full of people enjoying great conversation then all of a sudden the enemy whispers to you: “You know you’re the only one that’s single here”.

Or you’re in church listening to a powerful testimony of how God just blessed someone with a job and here the enemy comes again: “Where is your job? You’ve been waiting for months.”

Or maybe you’ve been married for years and you see all these newlyweds getting pregnant and he says: “But why isn’t your child here yet.”

He magnifies your condition enough for you to begin thinking, “Can God really supply what I need?”

2He said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God”. He questions whether Jesus is truly the Son of God because if you really are the Son of God then he shouldn’t let you go hungry. That “if” causes you to question your own position with God. Am I really His son? Am I really His daughter? Does He really remember me? Then the enemy starts to spread more lies:

You know if you are really his daughter he wouldn’t have you waiting this long to find your husband.

If you are really his daughter he should have giving you many job offers by now.

If you are really his daughter then why are you struggling to have a child?

The big If. He uses your condition to make you doubt God’s love for you. What kind of Father knows exactly what you need and is not providing it for you?

3Jesus was hungry and the enemy gave him a solution for his hunger: turn these stones into bread. But Jesus knew that wasn’t the will of God. No matter how hungry he was he knew he needed to wait on God.

The enemy loves to provide an alternate route. The alternate route may not always be something illegal or “sinful”. In fact, the alternate route he provides usually makes a lot of sense. That’s why it’s a temptation. If it didn’t make sense it’ll be easy for us to say no. But the end result is always a disaster. He’ll push you into a toxic relationship just so you can say you’re no longer single. He’ll have you settle for a job way below your qualifications just so you can have money. He’ll have you start looking into alternative ways to get pregnant when God hasn’t even directed you there.

There are 2 things we can do to overcome the temptation of the enemy.

4Jesus didn’t play footsie with the enemy. He didn’t ask questions. He didn’t get clarity on what kind of stone he should use. He didn’t think up ways to justify it in his mind. He just said No.

We need to do the same. Resist the devil. Don’t give him an inch because then he’ll go a mile. Know the difference between God’s voice and the enemy’s voice. As soon as you hear him, shut him out of your thoughts. Immediately.

5The Devil is persistent and sometimes we actually need to fight. But when you fight, fight him with the Word of God. As soon as the enemy came Jesus quoted the scriptures for him: Deuteronomy 8:3. Jesus was ready for him. This is why it’s so important to know your Bible. The enemy standing at your doorstep is not the time to go and find your ammunition. You should have your ammunition on you at all times. For each lie the enemy throws at you throw him a promise of God. There is literally a scripture in the Bible for any attack that comes your way. Meditate on the Word day and night and you’ll be ready. Stick close to the Holy Spirit and he will help you.

Does God Really Care | Tricks The Enemy Uses To Make Us Lose Trust In God

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Gina Badalaty
    August 16, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Excellent post! We need to really be on guard. It such a simple story, but we should focus on it because Jesus thankfully has given us clear directions on how to handle the enemy! Thanks for sharing.

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      Tosin Moji
      August 16, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you Gina!

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    Keisha Russell
    August 16, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Very good post! I completely agree that we need to have our ammunition on us at all times. The word of God is the only weapon we need to stand up against the devil! Be blessed!!

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      Tosin Moji
      August 18, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      Amen!!!!! Thanks Keisha 🙂

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    Julie
    August 16, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    I enjoyed your post and how you headlined each trick he plays on us. I can see many instances in my own life.
    Thank you for sharing this!
    Visiting from By His Grace Facebook group

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      Tosin Moji
      August 18, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      Hi Julie!!! Thank you for stopping by. I’ll check out your blog soon!

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    Tammy
    August 16, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    You did an AWESOME job of addressing the topic of discouragement: tactics of the enemy, and how to handle it.
    I admire the way you helped readers glean knowledge from Christ’s life. Thank you for blogging for Christ!!

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      Tosin Moji
      August 18, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Awww Tammy! Your comment is so thoughtful and a blessing to me. Thank you sweet sister 🙂

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    Sydney Meek
    August 16, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    This was beautifully written! I love that you connected each point with an example of how the enemy played his cards against Jesus. It’s so comforting to know that even the perfect Son of God was tempted in the same ways we are. Thanks for this reminder!

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      Tosin Moji
      August 18, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Hi Sydney! Yes Jesus is a great example for how we should resist the enemy.

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    Brittinni
    August 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Wonderful post! I appreciate you sharing this and how it can show up in our lives. Leaves me with, “Whose voice will I listen to?” I need to speak truth into my life and situations.
    “…When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Pretty powerful stuff to not tip toe around. Blessings!

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      Tosin Moji
      August 18, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      Hi Brittinni! Yes!!! We all need to speak life. The holy spirit will help us. Thanks for stopping by sis 🙂

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    Charlie | MississippiMom
    August 17, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    This is such an insightful post! Thank you for a fresh perspective on a familiar passage. I’d love for you to share it with us at the Encouraging Word Wednesday linkup this week if you have a chance!

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      Tosin Moji
      August 18, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you! I’d like to know more about the Encouraging Word Wednesday 🙂

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    Janecia Berry
    August 18, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Hi! I just recently subscribed to your blog. I am so excited to read more of what God has blessed you with. The first blog I read was about being blessed and I loved it! Such a powerful message! So again, thanks!

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      Tosin Moji
      August 18, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      You are amazing Janecia! Thank you for subscribing. Looking forward to connecting with you 🙂

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