“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalms 119:11
Last week my daughter and I were having a conversation about how the devil tempts us and how he hates us so much that he wants to destroy us. I often take these moments with my children to speak very plainly to them about the importance of God’s Word and the study of It in the Christian’s life.
I would write a story here about a time in my life when God’s Word kept me from sinning, but how about let’s just look at our Supreme example, Jesus Christ. This week is a time to look at His power over the enemy anyway, so let’s see how HE handled temptation!
4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
Jesus used the Word to combat the foe!
Why do we think we are immune to the devil’s attacks? Why do we think we will be the ONE person since the dawn of creation that will be able to live without temptation or sin? It is a ridiculous notion built on foolish thinking.
Satan knew VERY well who Jesus was and that He was God in the flesh. He KNEW Jesus was the ONE he had rebelled against in heaven. He KNEW the power in Christ…..yet he tried to tempt Him anyway.
Satan will stop at NOTHING, absolutely nothing, in order to take you down as a Christian. He hates you, he does not want you to praise God one more time, witness for Christ one more time or read the powerful Word of God one more time. He wants to destroy you.
If he went after Christ, he will come after you.
So how do we combat such a ferocious enemy? By hiding God’s Word in our hearts so that we can pull the verses out and wield them as a Sword in our combat with the enemy.
Read the Word. Re-read the Word. Memorize It. Study It. Dwell in It.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Numbers 2 / Isaiah 25-26 / Psalm 85 / Romans 3