The Day Satan Couldn’t Lie

Satan is the Father of all lies.

Ironically, the first one he ever told was to himself.

As a celestial being, equal to other Arch-Angels in majesty, like Michael and Gabriel; Lucifer’s self-love, because of his beauty, was so blinding, he thought he could control Truth by rationalizing it away.

One of my father’s favorite one-liners; “self-love dies slowly.”

From that point forward, Satan’s lies were never wasted on God, only on God’s people.

In today’s Gospel watch how he uses facts, to try and manipulate Christ into compromise.

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, One does not live on bread alone.” Then he took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant. The devil said to him, “I shall give to you all this power and glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish. All this will be yours, if you worship me.” Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written: You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.” Then he led him to Jerusalem, made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you, and: With their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” Jesus said to him in reply, “It also says, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.

I love how the father of lies, in the face of Truth, doesn’t even try to lie.

He knows it’s pointless.

His puny tricks are no match for Jesus.

Yet, in Christ’s humanity, temptation was still very real.

There’s another old saying, “if you want to win the battle you must know your enemy.”

Satan’s greatest enemy is Christ.

His greatest battle plan, up to that point, was the temptation he brought to Jesus as his 40 days of fasting concluded.

Our human side is no match for Satan, only God in us can defeat him…and He always will.

The enemy we must fear most, because we’re equal to them in every way, is that good-looking devil in the mirror.

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