Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”” (Matthew 4:5-6 ESV)
In Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, he shared a story about a man who was able to tell whether or not an ancient sculpture was fake with just a few glances. I imagined that his eye was so keen that subtle variances would be easily identified in a matter of seconds. His ability was obviously developed through thousands of hours of study, examining many pieces of sculpted art and cataloging their characteristics into his mind.
Having the skill to make swift and accurate decisions after performing a rapid assessment comes in handy when you are dealt with a short time constraint. When you need to think quickly on your feet, you have to prepare yourself by developing a plan and executing it through regular drills. That way you condition yourself to respond well and appropriately while under stress.
Satan is a sneaky because he knows Scripture and twists it in an attempt to confuse you. He tried it with Jesus, but he failed because the Lord was an expert in the Father’s word. He understood the true meaning of God’s instruction and therefore could not be tricked into disobedience. We don’t want to be novices of the Bible. We need to be experts, and the only way to accomplish that is to read the Bible over and over again. Daily readings, reflections, and applications will transform is into living Bibles so that people will see nothing but Jesus in the way we live.