We all get tempted. By the enemy, our own selfish desires or when we are overcome with wrong emotions. Either way it is common and inevitable. If the devil tried to tempt Jesus, don’t you think he will be quick to come after us? As I was reading Luke 4 about Jesus being tempted in the wilderness for 40 days straight, the Holy Spirit spoke. “The only way to escape temptation is by the truth found in my word.”
Every temptation that the devil threw, Jesus responded with, “it is written.” He didn’t agree. He didn’t fold. He didn’t try to motivate Himself. He spoke only what was written. When we are being tempted to sin, there is a way out. That is why it is so important to get the word planted deep in our hearts. It is foolish to go to battle every day without our weapon.
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.”
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.”
Luke 4So the next time you are tempted to sin whether it’s to hold onto offense, to get angry or to do wrong, start to speak out His word. The Holy Spirit has given us the weapons and the authority we need to defeat all temptation. But you must be armed. You cannot win if you don’t fight.
Let’s pray. “Lord, thank you for giving me a way of escape when I feel tempted. I will not live defeated. I will plant your word deep into my heart. I will fight back.”