The Temptation of Jesus, Pt. 3

And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil.  And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.  And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.  And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Luke 4:1-4

The response of Jesus to the devil’s temptation to turn a stone into bread was to quote Scripture.  That is an absolutely perfect response to any temptation.  Jesus was hungry.  He had been fasting for forty days.  The devil appealed to His flesh to put His desire to eat over everything else.  We often find those temptations in our own lives.  The desire to have things, whether they be food, clothing, houses, cars, money, or a host of other things, is always going to be present with us as long as we live in these bodies of flesh.  But those things are often not what the Lord wants us to have.  We need to make sure that we resist these types of temptations.

We can resist temptation the same way Jesus: by focusing on the Scriptures.  If we would think about what the Bible says about it when we are confronted with a temptation, we would be far, far less likely to succumb to that temptation.  If alchohol is a temptation, quoting all of the verses condemning strong drink would probably be a good deterrant.  If we start to feel ourselves getting proud, there are dozens of verses dealing with God’s hatred of pride that would probably give us a good dose of humility.

Whatever the temptation, God’s Word will help us!

2 responses to this post.

  1. I love this , Ben, to use God’s word against our temptations. God bless you as you continue to point us to Him!

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  2. God’s Word will always work against our temptations. We just need to remember to use it!

    Reply

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