Matthew 4 talks about the temptation of Jesus when He was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert and there He didn’t eat or drink anything for 40 days. When the forty days were over he was hungry and devil came to tempt Him.
Holy Spirit is given by the God the father as our eternal helper and the leading of the Spirit always takes us to the next spiritual level for the Glory of God. The Spirit took Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil. There may have been occasions in your life where you might wonder how in your life you have come to a place where nothing seems to be moving, no progress in life and it seems life has come to the dead end despite all your efforts to live a Godly life. Don’t be discouraged. Be patient and you will know at the end that it was the Holy Spirit who has brought you to the desert for your spiritual growth. And at the end you will be declared more than victorious in Christ.
Jesus was tempted by the devil in three different ways and he still uses the same strategy to tempt those who want to live a Godly life in Jesus.
“If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to turn into bread.”
Devil comes to tempt us by looking at our immediate need. If you are not financially well off, single, unemployed, etc. he will whisper in your ear, “Why are you not blessed in a particular area in your life even though God has made clear promises to make your prosperous in His word?” Thief comes to steal kill and destroy and his intent is to use your immediate need to sow a seed of doubt in your relationship with your heavenly father that has been restored by the blood of the lamb. Don’t give into the negative thoughts. Use the sword of the Spirit and destroy the word of the enemy by saying, “Even though my God blesses me or not, He is still my God and Saviour.” And the devil will run away.
“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written, “He will command his angels to lift you up…”
When devil sees that He couldn’t weaken your relationship with heavenly father, He tried to weaken our stance on the word of God by creating doubts about God’s promises. You cannot possibly stand on the word of God if you only read the Bible but never takes time to understand or meditate on the promises of God. Those who study the Word of the Lord day and night are filled with Godly wisdom, “I have more wisdom than my teachers for I meditate on your word.”
In order to defeat devil, you don’t need human wisdom but the wisdom of God that comes down by spending time in His presence and meditating on His word. Jesus says “Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you” This is the life that you need to defeat the devil and his forces that come to take your faith away from the promises of God.
Be filled up with the word of God so that what comes out when tempted is the sword of the word of God to kill the evil forces.
“All this I will give you, if you will bow down and worship me.”
Often time, a believer is tempted to think that why do ungodly make more progress in their lives? Why those who are away from the Lord seem successful more than those who cry before the Lord day and night? Sometimes, we think their lives are better than us. Beware! This is the tool of the enemy to take away your inheritance that is kept for those who believe and keep their courage until the end. When things seem rough and no solution is imminent, worship your God and He will fill you with Godly strength, the way Paul and Silas were filled with power and the doors of the prison were opened. Don’t be discouraged for that will prove to the enemy that he has become successful in his attempts to make you worship him. Worship your God and only Him, for He is the living God. The tempter will run away and the angels will come to help you.