In this blog post, we will be discussing two more aspects of why as Christians, it is important that we read the Bible, particularly how reading the Bible can help us discern Satan’s tactics against us and how reading the Bible allows us as Christians to come together as a church and a community of believers.
In last week’s post on The Importance of Reading the Bible; we talked about how we as Christians should read the Bible to understand and study God’s Word and how we can then apply that to our everyday lives. In 1 Peter 5:8, the Apostle Peter is calling for us as Christians to be vigilant and aware of the Devil and his desire to see our destruction.
1 Peter 5:8
“8. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
I really like this verse because it really goes right into this next point on why it’s important for us as Christians to read the Bible because; we are all susceptible to the cunning and deception of Satan and the tactics he employs to keep us from the life God has in store for us.
We as Christians should continually remain alert by reading the Bible and praying because Satan is always watching for those Christians whom he may steal their faith and keep them in bondage. All Satan wants is to destroy us, not physically but spiritually destroy us by slowly weakening our faith and trust in the promises of God.
3). Reading the Bible helps us to discern Satan’s Tactics
Reading the Bible helps us as Christians to know the Word of God so that we can know the traps, lies, and tactics Satan employs against us. In 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, Paul is writing to the people of Corinth talking about the false teachers and how we as Christians can be deceived by their false teachings due to them being “apostles” of Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15 says, “14. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness whose end will be according to their works.” Satan won’t attack us straight on but will use his deception and cunning to get us to believe his lies over the truth of God’s Word.
Satan’s greatest tool is his use of deception, where he will use his knowledge of our weaknesses, failures, regrets, and his knowledge of God’s Word and twist his way into our lives to destroy us and our relationship with God.
The Devil’s use of deception is nothing new to us as Christians, but it’s the way he uses it that is almost “serpentine” in nature (see Genesis 3:1-5) because he will oftentimes change his tactics to fit each Christian’s weaknesses and fears.
In his blog post called, “Why Satan Wants You To Doubt The Bible”, SpaniardVIII of Spiritual Minefield stated, “Satan attacked Eve by planting doubt in her mind about God’s Word. He continued with his attack by giving Eve the wrong interpretation since doubt was acting as a deteriorating agent of God’s Truth” and I like this quote because Satan will often do this and will subtlety plant doubt in our minds before going in for the metaphorical “kill”.
The reason why Satan wants us to doubt and question God’s Word is that he knows that God has a plan in store for our lives and wants to keep us from experiencing all that God has for us.
In his blog post, SpaniardVIII has several quotes that I feel we as Christians should think about as we learn to study and understand the spiritual warfare that is around us and how it can affect our relationship with God.
- “If we start to doubt God’s Word, we won’t be protected from deception because by trusting in God’s Word, it transforms into the full armor of God… which shields us from being hit by the arrows of lies which are constantly bombarding us to kill our faith and trust in the scriptures.”
- “Once our protection (Armor of God) is off, Satan then introduces us to doctrines of demons…”
- “The danger of not believing in the Inerrancy of Scripture is so grave that you will lose your basis to weigh sound doctrine from false doctrine since you won’t measure with your rod or ruler (Scripture) anything that’s taught because you no longer trust it.”
- “Satan attacks the credibility of the Bible to keep you from measuring his lies, therefore, blindsiding you from seeing the trap set before you with the ultimate goal of spiritually destroying you by giving you a poisoned fruit to eat.”
- “Christians must know the Bible like Jesus but how can we ever learn it if we doubt its inerrancy in the first place? Jesus quoted it because He trusted its accuracy.”
SpaniardVIII said, “When a person rejects the inerrant Word of God by doubting it, Satan will immediately introduce heresy to snatch whatever truth there is in you. Since the person doesn’t trust the Bible to protect him by putting on the full armor of God, he will eat up the fruit of Satan’s heresy and spiritual death is inevitable…”
By getting us to doubt the truth of God’s Word, Satan can keep us in spiritual darkness and bondage because we don’t know the Word of God for ourselves. In the Gospel of Matthew, the Apostle Matthew talks about this subject through Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness where He is confronted with the Father of Lies.
In Matthew 4:3-4; we see that Satan will oftentimes cause us to start doubting God’s Word and promises by using a simple word that can change the whole meaning of God’s promises. Matthew 4:3-4 says, “3. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. 4. But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
In Matthew chapter 3 verse 3, we see how Satan can add just one word in front of the truth of God’s Word and promises that twist the whole thing; but we see in verse 4 how Jesus responds by saying, “It is written…” and I think that’s important for us today as Christians because; if we listen to the lies of Satan, we will stumble but by knowing the Bible like Jesus did and say to the lies, “It is written…” no power can come from the falsehood and Satan loses power over us.
One of Satan’s best weapons is the word “If” because anything that comes after it can begin to cause doubt in our hearts. In order to counter the “If” clause, we as Christians need to know the Word of God for ourselves, just like Jesus Christ.
4). Reading the Bible builds community amongst believers.
As Christians, Apostles like Paul and Peter encourage us to come together as a community and exhort one another; meaning we are to advise and caution one another so that we as Christians can hold each other accountable. In Hebrews 3:13, the author points this out the Jewish people at that time and even us today to caution and advise each other daily.
Hebrews 3:13 says, “13. but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” and I like this verse because a church; we are to come together as a community and look after one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.
As a church, we should come together weekly in order to not only build community but to encourage each other and make sure that any false teachings are threatening to destabilize a person’s faith in Christ and that the questions we have are in alignment with God’s Word.
In the Epistle to the people of Ephesus, Paul the Apostle is talking about the church and how every part of the church is joined together.
In Ephesians 4:15-16, Paul says, “15. but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ, 16. from whom the whole body, joined, and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
We all as Christians have Jesus Christ as the head of our church and because of this; we are all fitted and held together not just by the knowledge and belief of His ministry, life, death, burial, and resurrection; but also because as Christians; we all have a specific talent and skill that compliments someone else.
As a church, we should come together with Jesus Christ as the head of the church. Every part of the church comes together because every part of a church is needed in order to work as the body of Christ.
Reading the Bible can actually help us as a church grow spiritually because through reading the Bible; we begin to understand the understand how “twisted” our perspective can become when we don’t align our perspective with God’s Word.
T.R. Noble of Inside Cup wrote a blog post called, “Desired Knowledge & Blind Deception | Warning To Believers” and in this blog post; she said, “We can be so focused on having one or two things right about God and scriptures…while everything else is flat out wrong. Our vision becomes too narrow, and we become narrow-minded.”
I like this quote because as Christians, despite our apparent “knowledge” of the Bible; we can still become so focused on the minute details of the scriptures that we are reading that we misinterpret the true meaning of the scriptures. Also, in her blog post, T.R. has several quotes that I feel we as Christians should consider and think about as a church and as a community of believers.
- “We need to make sure we are directing ourselves and others more towards God and His word than anything else.”
- “God is never going to praise us for what we know or discover. It isn’t about that.”
- “… Jesus. He prayed and read the word of God. He was blessed by God from the beginning, but that wasn’t enough. Christ made effort daily toward the Lord because Christ LOVED God.”
- “Godly knowledge and Godly wisdom are different than worldly knowledge and wisdom.”
- “We look at knowledge with desire while we eat from a deadly fruit.”
- “Sometimes when we truly want to know God we search for Him in places man has built idols upon. Places we should not go.”
- “I truly believe knowledge and wisdom will come in God’s time when our goal isn’t focused on gain for self.”
T.R. Noble said, “We can be so focused on having one or two things right about God and scriptures…while everything else is flat out wrong. Our vision becomes too narrow, and we become narrow-minded.”
In the end, though; the importance of reading the Bible is so that as Christians; we can learn to discern the lies of Satan and then counter his lies with the Truth of God’s Word. As a church and community of believers; it’s imperative that we read the Bible so that we can not only hold each other accountable to the Word of God but so that we can lift each other up in Christ; bringing encouragement and hope to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
So, How does reading the Bible help you in your relationship with God?
Do you benefit from knowing scripture to combat and counter Satan’s lies?
What are the benefits of coming together as the “Body of Christ”?
Stay tuned because next week; we will be completing this 3-part series on the Importance of Reading the Bible with point 5; which deals with how by reading the Bible, the Holy Spirit helps convict us as Christians.
SpaniardVIII. “Why Satan Wants You To Doubt The Bible” 3 Dec 2017, spiritualminefield.wordpress.com, https://spiritualminefield.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/satans-attack-on-the-inerrancy-of-scripture/ . Accessed 30 Mar 2018.
T.R. Noble. “Desired Knowledge & Blind Deception | Warning To Believers”, 8 Mar 2018, nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com, https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/desired-knowledge-warning-to-believers/ . Accessed 30 Mar 2018.
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