Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me. “Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
In this reading the words that stuck out most were “It is written.” Jesus was using the Word of God on the devil himself. If the very Son of God used the Holy Word rather than just zapping Satan off the face of the earth, then what example is that for us? When Satan said, “For it is written“, he was trying to screw around with the Word of God for his own purposes! He took some words from Psalm 91 and bent them to fit his need, however Jesus KNEW the Word and answered accordingly saying, “It is ALSO written“. In your everyday life you are faced with trials, temptations, people messing with the meaning of the Word and YOU HAVE to know the difference for yourself so that no one can make you believe a lie.
The most powerful help you can have is the Holy Spirit! Mark 13:11 “don’t worry about what you’ll say. When the time comes, say what’s on your heart-the Holy Spirit will make his witness in and through you.” If you haven’t studied, you won’t pass the test, if you haven’t invited the Holy Spirit to live in you, then He won’t be there to help you. Start reading the Bible in the book of Matthew and read all the words of Jesus. When you have learned His words and read His parables you will get a knowledge that no one can take away. Then when the devil comes at you, or sends his little demons, whatever form they take whether it’s your boss, friends, the driver in back of you, the slow cashier, you can fill in the blanks, you know exactly what I mean. You may be having a wonderful day and suddenly the devil has presented something that absolutely blocks out the sunshine of your day. We don’t have a weapon except the Word, follow the example of Jesus and USE it!
2Corinthians 10:4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. And that mighty weapon IS the Word.
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Amen! Thank you!