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God’s Word: Battling Temptation

Hey everyone,

I want to start a new season on this blog because I’m in a new season and have so much that I want to share. I hope for this to be a weekly thing I do and the purpose behind it, is not only to share what God has been putting on my heart through His Word but to also converse with you guys about it. God’s Word is rich and refreshing, and it’s the main source that we need to go to daily in order to know Him more. This coupled with daily prayer, will catapult you into the next level in your walk with God, I promise! It did for me.

Today I want to talk about Luke 4:1-15 – The Temptation of Jesus.

Overview

The account here of the temptation of Jesus, happened in the beginning of his ministry. Jesus had been born, baptized by John, and the Holy Spirit came upon Him, declaring by God from the heavens that He is God’s beloved Son (Luke 3:21-22). In chapter 4 we see Jesus returning from the Jordan river where He had just been baptized and led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness. For forty days He was tempted by the devil. When you continue reading, you see all the different ways the devil tempted Him and Jesus’ responses back to him. At the end of those forty days in the wilderness we see satan’s attacks. Jesus is hungry (verse 2) and the devil attacks that. Satan continues to tempt Jesus, by telling him that he will give him authority over the kingdoms of the world, if Jesus worships him (verses 5-7). Finally, one more time, satan again tries to lure Jesus into sinning by taking him on the pinnacle of the temple (verse 9) and says “If you are the son of God, throw yourself down from here” and after this bold statement, goes on to quote scripture back to Jesus. satan quotes Psalm 91 here, testing Jesus regarding Him commanding angels to save him if He throws Himself down and again Jesus counters him with scripture.

Key Points to Remember

1) Immediately after Jesus is baptized by John and filled with the Holy Spirit, Satan tries to come and immediately attack Him. This is so true of the devil’s character today. The closer you walk with God the harder the enemy will attack. Be aware and be vigilant.

2) Jesus had a condition that Satan wanted to play upon. Hunger is a human weakness – something we all feel but we can look at this from a different prospective too. How many times in your life have you had a hunger for things that aren’t food? Say, a hunger for acceptance, love, support, or purpose? We as humans hunger after things that don’t truly satisfy us – unhealthy relationships, drugs, alcohol, lust, pornography, money, etc. – because we are trying to fill a void in our sinful hearts. We are emotionally and spiritually hungry for more. So, of course, when satan sees that Jesus is hungry, that is exactly where he attacks and how Jesus responds is so beautifully done. Verse 4: ” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone.” Jesus was referring to Deuteronomy 8:3 here, which further says that “man lives by every Word that comes from the mouth of the Lord”.  Know what you’re hungry for today, take a self-assessment and then let the Lord fill that void in you as you walk in deeper understanding of who He is.

3) Satan attacks what Jesus already had possession of.  This is quite bold of a statement to make, as Jesus ALREADY has authority of the kingdoms and the entire world (verse 6). Scripture is packed full of the truth of Jesus’ authority not only now at the right hand of God but also while he was here walking the earth.

  • Matthew 11:27 – “All things have been handed over to me by my Father, …” 
  • Philippians 2:9 – “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name” 
  • Colossians 2:10 – ” … and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority” 
  • John 3:35 – ” The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand”

Over and over again the enemy will try to make us question our salvation, question what God has given us,  question the power that we possess as a new creation from the Holy Spirit, and question our many blessings. Satan loves to stir up doubt in the minds of believers because that is where sin can sneak in but take notice that Jesus does not try to prove who He is or what He has to Satan but shoots the truth back at him, again. Jesus knew there was no need to throw a “pity party” and try to prove who he was to the enemy because He was already confident in His authority and His identity in the Lord. All satan can do is lie. So, truly where is his power?

4) The enemy takes God’s word out of context in an attempt to confuse Jesus and harm Him. The devil is seen here quoting, a beautiful Psalm written to declare how He protects those whom make Him “your dwelling place” and that God “commands angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways”. Satan knows perfectly well the real meaning of this Psalm, however, he picks what he thinks will fit into his deception and scheme. How often do we see Satan doing this today? False teachings and just plain bad theology is rampant within the modern church today and that is because of this example set for us by the devil right here. This is classic to get us to misunderstand what God is actually telling us in His scriptures. Satan is described in the Word as the “author of confusion” , he takes delight in twisting things to fit his agenda, even the precious Scriptures. But Jesus once again gave satan another lightning bolt of truth that “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test”. 

After this third temptation from satan, he left him but we are warned that at the “opportune time” satan would tempt again. Which is why Jesus here is the ultimate example for how to battle sin and temptation. We are not meant to battle it alone which is why I think Jesus was taken into the wilderness to be tempted in the first place. We are weak, sinful humans and we needed a perfect example for exactly what to do today when we are tempted. Think about this account of Jesus the next time you feel the enemy prowling in your thoughts, clogging up your head with lies, or nudging you to do something you know would grieve God’s heart. If you are truly born again, have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your life, confessed your sins, and now have the Holy Spirit living in you- you have just become a huge threat to the enemy. You have a gigantic cross sized target on your back (wear it proud, my friend) and satan will try everything in his power to try and drag you back to those old sins, those old habits that you now see don’t glorify God and the testimony he has given you.

You will never be completely free from sin or satan’s attacks – as daily we are being sanctified and live in a fallen world but take heart and know that there are ways to fight back. You don’t have to be a punching bag for satan any longer if you are set free in Jesus. Galatians 5:1 says that “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery”.  My sweet husband, whom gave me permission to use him as an example on this post, was addicted to drugs for thirteen years before we had ever known each other. He went to prison and there is where another inmate shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with him. My Husband was captured by the love of Jesus, and that he could be set free from all of his sins and struggles. It took my husband quite some time to truly break free of those chains – seven years, two trips to Teen Challenge (a faith- based addiction treatment center), and understanding the need to be filled with the Holy Sprit was what it took for him. It was a hard process but my Husband can tell you that none of it happened out of his own strength. He couldn’t fight the devil alone. He needed Jesus to ride in swift and victorious to the fight, and fight he did for my husband who is now clean, sober, set- free, and is a pastor and preacher at our church.

Don’t ever doubt the power of Jesus to set you free from whatever temptation you have or sin struggle you are in, you are not alone. Let Jesus’ example help you to have the victory today and every day after.

fight the good fight,

Brittany

Please comment below your questions and conversation of this scripture! Be sure to read it in your own bible and take notes. 🙂

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