“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Matthew 4:1-3
Wow!This is a loaded verse and it just can’t stop at verse 3. We must read on; there is more here than what will be shared in this devotional. Friends, I would like to encourage you today that when God (the “Spirit”) leads you someplace, you can be sure that He will see you through it and that He has already equipped you Today’s devotional is going to take you past Matthew 4:1-3. We need to look at how Jesus responds to Satan’s temptation. Jesus is setting the example for us in how we should handle temptation. In the following verses Jesus uses scripture to deflect Satan’s temptation. Satan tries to tempt Jesus three times and Satan focuses first on what he perceives is a weakness in Jesus, hunger. Each time Jesus uses the authority in God’s word to reject Satan and stay strong. We can use God’s word in our life to reject Satan and bust temptation!
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16 Did you notice the craft in the words Satan used when speaking to Jesus. Satan said, “If you are the Son of God…” Satan is trying to plant the seed of doubt by using the word “if.” Have you experienced that before, the seed of doubt being planted in you? Stay strong and remember who is leading you…God.
Take a moment to think of things in your life that you need to bust! Ask yourself if you are prepared to reject Satan with God’s word? Do you have God’s word memorized so you can use it at any given moment? I encourage you to memorize and arm yourself with God’s word, then use it.
Let’s Reflect: Matthew 4:4-11 Jesus answered, “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God”, he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angles concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot again a stone.” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Then the devil left him and angels come and attended him.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, how can we ever praise you enough?! You are worthy of all praises! Next time I find myself doubting or tempted, remind me of your word and the power and authority it holds. Give me the strength to use it to stay obedient and in line with you, my God, my Savior. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Be Blessed…Be Bold in the name of Jesus!