If the devil could rewind history to disprove the Bible, he would do it. Since he cannot, he has relied upon men either to rewrite history or to misquote it in an effort to discredit the text of Scripture. Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and signer of the Declaration of Independence, is one of those men. Jefferson is renowned for his deistic faith. (Deists believe everything we see today can be explained by reason, and they rule out the supernatural.) When someone discovered his copy of the New Testament, they found he had gone through the Gospels, scoring out with his pen all passages which present Jesus as a supernatural person. The records of His miraculous birth and all the miracles are deleted together with all statements which declare Jesus to be the Son of God. In this deleted New Testament, the Gospel of Matthew ends with these words: “And he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.” (Matthew 27:60)
Have the devil’s efforts to malign the Word of God been successful? No, it is still the foundation for our faith and practice. It still holds true as long as we keep it in context. But the devil is very clever. Just as he attempted to twist Scripture out of context when he tempted Jesus, so he does the same when he tempts us. Conversely, just as Christ quoted Scripture to resist the devil, so we must use God’s Word to be victorious over temptation. It’s still true, and it still works — we just have to know how to use it.
Perhaps you are being tempted to doubt the Word of God. You are overloaded with financial concerns, the pressing demands of school, a health condition, a job search, and car trouble. The devil will try to slip in a thought, “Didn’t God say He would help you? Then why are you struggling to stay above water?” You may be experiencing emotional upheaval after the death of a family member. In the midst of your pain and confusion, the devil will whisper, “God isn’t really there for you like He says. He doesn’t really care about what you are going through.” Know assuredly that you can overcome these temptations through the Word of God. It is your truth. It is your life. It is your power.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.