Eating His Word {Matthew 4:1-11}

3:32 PM

We should not be surprised when temptation comes. The devil tempted Jesus himself, just as he tries to tempt us on a daily basis.

Satan tempted Jesus in three specific areas:

1. After fasting for 40 days/nights you can imagine how hungry and thirsty Jesus was. He faced the enemy as a man, not as the son of God so He was experiencing all the biological needs. Satan tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread.

Man need bread, but he need God's word even more. When we put our physical needs {flesh} ahead of our spiritual needs, we sin. We allow circumstances to dictate our actions, instead of following God's voice and His will.

One victory never guarantees freedom from further temptation, most of the times the victory we experience only makes the enemy try harder...

2. Satan temped Jesus to throw himself down from a high place to test that God would protect him.

God will take care of us, but we should not be fools to put Him to the test. {This includes when we demand miracles on a whim when we should worship God alone}

3. Satan tempted Jesus with authority and rule over Earth if Jesus would bow down to Satan.

Power is alluring, but not at the cost of worshipping what is false and turning away from God.

Why Jesus was tempted:

Jesus was tempted so that every single creature in heaven or on earth might know that Jesus is the Conqueror. He exposed the enemy and his tactics and He defeated him. Because of His victory we can have victory over the tempter.

John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."

Jesus' experience of temptation also prepared Him to be our sympathetic High Priest {Heb, 2:16-18; 4:15-16}

We see that every single time out of the three times Jesus was tempted, He responded with the Word of God.

Jesus used the same spiritual resources that are available to us today: The power of the Holy Spirit of God and the Power of the Word of God ("It is written")

Jesus was knowledgeable about God's word...are we being diligent to study Gods Word, so that when temptation comes, we will to know what action to take in order to resist and overcome it?

"We are not sustained by earthly things like bread, but by the spiritual words that come from the mouth of God"

For today, in whatever you may be being tested or tempted, ask God to help you meet the temptation, to have the power of His Spirit helping you. Remember its only by His grace and power that you'll walk past the temptation.

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