March 28: Scandalon

There is a word used throughout the New Testament in connection with temptation, scandalon (Greek).  It literally means, “the trigger in the trap upon which the bait is placed.”  Scandalon always denotes an enticement… something which gives occasion to conduct leading to ruin.  The word is translated as “occasion to fall” in Romans 14:23.  In Jesus’ rebuke to Peter in Matthew 16:23, Jesus said, “Get behind me Satan, you are a scandalon (translated “offense”) to me.”

Some things we should know about the devil:

  • He operates in wiles (Ephesians 6:11).  The word wiles (Greek: methodeia) means, “to go systematically to work, to pursue something methodically.” Believers need to have on the whole armor of God to protect themselves from his schemes and methods of attack.
  • He tempts us in our weaknesses.  God will test our strengths in order for us to trust in Him, not our own abilities.  But Satan attacks at the point of weakness for the purpose of destroying us.
  • He walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8).  He is always on the prowl to attack and bring down.  Lions hunt primarily at night, stalking their prey.

How do we maintain the victory that Christ purchased for us at Calvary?  First, understand that we are fighting from the place of victory, through His blood.  Next, line up to the Word of God and submit to God’s way of doing things as outlined in the Bible.  James 4:7 says, “submit yourself therefore to God and resist the devil and he will flee from you.”  One cannot resist the devil without first submitting to God.    Lastly, whatever scandalon that Satan is using against you must be dealt with.  Hebrews 12:1 says, “Lay aside every weight and the sin which does so easily beset you…”  Stop putting yourself into situations where you know you have fallen before.  Don’t flirt with the opposite sex and you won’t end up in an affair.  Don’t visit websites that pull you down and you want fall into the same trap.  Stop craving attention and it won’t result in an emotional affair.  When you put yourself in the wrong place, there will be a time when you are weak, and it is then that Satan will strike.  Don’t allow the enemy to entice you into the trap!

Father, I pray for Psalm 91 protection over those who read this blog.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”  Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler.

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