Matthew 4:3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

“If you are the Son of God …” I wonder how many times Satan had whispered those doubts into Jesus’ ears throughout His lifetime? “If you are the Son of God, you wouldn’t have been born in a manger with the filthy animals.” “If you are the Son of God, you wouldn’t have had to flee to Egypt to escape being killed.” “If you are the Son of God, you shouldn’t have to have ever put in a hard days work in the carpenter’s shop.” And here, “If you are the Son of God, you shouldn’t have to go hungry, provide for your own needs, take care of yourself, you deserve it.”

I’ve heard a similar whisper in my ear. “If you are a Christian …” “If you are a Christian, you wouldn’t commit that sin.” “If you are a Christian, you wouldn’t think that about your boss.” “If you are a Christian, that wouldn’t happened to you.” “If you are a Christian you wouldn’t doubt your salvation.” “If you are a Christian …” The Accuser of the brethren is hard at work in my life. How about yours? Have you ever heard the sly accusation whispered in your ear, “If you are …”?

Thank you Jesus for standing up to the lies of the enemy and making a way for us to stand strong in the midst of his constant attacks. Thank you for the shield of faith, “with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:16. So, when the tempter comes to you with the accusation, “If you are …” remember the truth that in Christ, “Yes, you are …!”