And when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they themselves gathered together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with a question: “Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?” Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”- Matthew 22:34-40 BSB
Our enemies #1 weapon formed against us is confusion. We are called to beware of the wiles of the enemy. Ephesians 6:11 tells us not only to be AWARE, but by being aware we are able to STAND against the wiles of the devil. When we are confused we DO NOT take action. When we are confused, not only do we NOT stand up, we DO NOT speak up, we do not OWN UP, we DO NOT fess up- we just SCREW UP! Keep It Simple Soldier (K I S S) The spirit of the LORD is PEACE, understanding, Mercy, Grace, Light, and clarity. The Spirit of the devil is darkness, hatred, retribution, strife, ‘Pound of flesh’- confusion. We are called not to judge, but we are called to be FRUIT INSPECTORS!
Leader, the devil Himself attempts to TWIST, to PERVERT to take what is HOLY and make it WICKED. Look at the temptation of Christ in the Garden in Luke 4. Jesus is the Word of God, and yet Lucifer attempted to MISQUOTE the WORD to JESUS, who is the WORD. Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. (Revelation 19:11,13) Notice, the devil attempted to tell JESUS, “You said this.” And Jesus said, “NO, I SAID….” Jesus is the WORD OF GOD! The Word of God is also called your Bible! If A=B and B=C; then A=C!
Conduit, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 10:17) This is why CONFUSION can be debilitating. If someone tells you what JESUS says, and you don’t know the WORD of GOD, then you will be confused, you will be useless and maybe even fall away from the TRUTH. See Genesis 3, and how the Devil tricked Eve, who had gotten God’s word from Adam, but not directly from God. We must know the WORD OF GOD, to KNOW the WORD OF GOD. Here in Matthew 22 God, breaks it down for us: LOVE is the way to KNOW GOD. Love is a Verb; For God so loved the world…HE DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT! (John 3:16) For you so love your spouse, you do something about it- sacrifice, turn the other cheek, serve him\her, hold your tongue….For you so love your country, you do something about it; serve in the military, sacrifice your freedoms, risk dying. Today, remember LOVE IS A VERB and that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your brother. (John 15:13) Today lay down your CHECKBOOK, lay down your SCHEDULE, lay down your HARDNESS of your heart- for your brother or your sister. If you don’t lay down those temporal things, how can you ever lay down your life? By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)