By Paul Davis
While Oprah and Eckhart Tolle reviewed chapter 5 of the book A New Earth, the two discussed "the pain body" as Eckhart calls it.
Tolle: "But don't underestimate the pain-body's ability to draw out some, to make you unconscious again, to push some kind of button, and you will find yourself reacting again. Because pain-bodies are very cunning, very clever. And they know exactly what will make you unconscious and what will make you react."
Oprah: "You speak of it like it's a creature that's like an alien force inside of us. Yeah"
Tolle: "Yes, that's how I see it."
Here both Eckhart and Oprah identify the demonic activity that seeks to tempt and torment us all, which ultimately causes torment and brings havoc into our lives.
The second attempt of the devil to tempt Jesus tried to appeal to his ego and pride. "And the devil taking him up into a high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, 'All this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will give it. If you therefore will worship me, all shall be yours.' (Luke 4:6-7)
Satan had been kicked out of heaven during his rebellion (see Ezekiel 28; Isaiah 13; Luke 10:18; Revelation 12:9,12) and had a degree of dominion on earth, only because he successfully tempted Adam and Eve in the garden thwarting their God intended purpose. Now the devil, "the father of all lies" and prince of pride (John 8:44), was promising Jesus to give it all to him. How believable is the devil? Jesus knowing whom He was dealing with said, "You get behind me Satan: for it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve'" (Luke 4:8).
Satan's third temptation to Jesus, following those that appealed to his flesh and pride, was one that combined partial spiritual knowledge. And the devil "brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, 'If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here: for it is written, 'He [God] shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you: and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at anytime you dash your foot against a stone'" (Luke 4:9-11).
Satan was quoting and referring to a particular passage of Scripture taken directly from Psalm 91:10-12. Because every time the devil sought to tempt and manipulate Jesus, the Lord responded saying, "It is written" quoting the Word of God; Satan replied in like fashion during the third temptation.
Note however Satan quoted the Word of God but lacked the heart and spirit of God. That is to say he had the letter of the Word, without the heart and true intent that inspired it. Using the Word of God with an impure motivation, Satan sought to seduce the Lord into ungodly activity. Unfortunately this is what many cults, sects, and denominations do. Instead of seeking the heart of God and showing His love to humanity, they take the key of knowledge and lead people into a chamber of bondage and death.
Twisting the knowledge of God to serve your own agenda and purposes is wicked. This is where the word wicked comes from, like wicker that is twisted and woven in the making of furniture. Wickedness is such because it uses a degree of truth and godly knowledge, but improperly applies and perverts it to serve its own reckless purposes.
We therefore must be increasingly knowledgeable of God's Word, but more importantly know His heart. By being connected to the heart and spirit of God, we can most easily detect and discern illegitimate spiritual operations. Impurity is not always mentally understood, although it can be detected within our spirit deep down on the inside. Paul felt in his spirit something wasn't quite right about a particular religious lady who was daily shouting what seemed to be true, but to Paul inwardly felt incorrect and inappropriate. After being grieved for many days in his spirit, Paul discerned a demon spirit in the woman and cast it out in Jesus Name! (see Acts 16:16-18).
Jesus in response to the devil's temptation said, "It is said, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God'" (Luke 4:12).
Jesus answered by the Book, the Word of God and Holy Bible. We therefore must like Jesus know the Word and fill our hearts with it, so we can overcome every temptation of the enemy. Otherwise we will be easy prey for Satan, who knows the Bible better than most Christians. God however has given us His Word, the sword of the Spirit to swiftly defeat the enemy every time we boldly speak it (see Ephesians 6:17). We must work the Word. It is not enough to merely think and meditate upon the Word of God, like Jesus we must move offensively and speak the Word.
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