Matthew 4.

We’re reminded here that Scripture is not only predictive (Matthew 4:14-16), but it is protective! Hopefully we’ve all felt that initial call to follow Jesus and obeyed it, but then we have a responsibility to continue in discipleship. A big part of that is knowing Scripture, because Scripture helps us to resist both sin and Satan: “In my heart I store up your words, so I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).

Notice that in the list of illnesses and afflictions that were brought to Jesus we have a differentiation between “those who had seizures, paralytics, and those possessed by demons.” Some skeptics try to claim that in NT times people thought that everything was caused by demons. Not so! But this should also show us that there are some things that happen and have a demonic component. God is real. Satan is real. Angels are real. Demons are real. The natural is real. The supernatural is real. We would do well to remember that in our day and age!

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