Today as I was led to read the first few chapters of Matthew, I came upon this passage from chapter 4:1-4 ERV; Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert. He was taken there to be tempted by the devil. Jesus ate nothing for 40 days and nights. After this, he was very hungry. The devil came to tempt him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these rocks to become bread.” Jesus answered him, “The Scriptures say,‘It is not just bread that keeps people alive. Their lives depend on what God says.’”
I had a little trouble with the first part which says that the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Who does that? And what purpose does it have? I’m no biblical scholar, but I believe this thought came from the Lord. The battles we encounter are not with swords and spears, but with words. Jesus had to show us how to overcome our adversary, with Gods Word. He was not afraid! He was confident that Gods Word overcomes every lie the enemy would try to get us to believe. In other words, we can’t use the weapon of Gods word unless we know it.
Do you see the last part of that passage? ‘It is not just bread that keeps people alive. Their lives depend on what God says.’ The GW translations says, ‘A person cannot live on bread alone but on every word that God speaks.’ What do we know about what God speaks. It’s not what he spoke (past tense), but speaks (present tense). Hebrews 4:12 GW says, “God’s word is living and active. It is sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts as deep as the place where soul and spirit meet, the place where joints and marrow meet. God’s word judges a person’s thoughts and intentions.”
His Word is alive, it’s current, it’s what we need to face any lie of the enemy who comes only to steal, kill and destroy. It’s the only weapon needed to win in this ‘good fight of faith’. How wonderful that Jesus was led into the wilderness that day so long ago. He didn’t question the Spirit as we so often do, he willingly went, willingly fasted, overcame temptation to show us how.
Revelation 12:11 GW says this about us, the remnant followers of Jesus Christ; “They won the victory over him because of the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. They didn’t love their life so much that they refused to give it up.”
Oh Father. I am so humbled by what Jesus did for me. So much. Such an amazing life. Thank you for this reminder that I am to overcome by the Word and the blood of your Lamb. Help me, Holy Spirit to remember what to say when temptation comes my way. Help me to rely on you and not question why this is happening to me. I want to be a winner, an overcomer in life, and the coolest thing is knowing that I don’t have to fight this battle because Jesus did it for me. He won so I could walk in His victory. Victory belongs to the King and you are King of kings. Put a watch guard on my lips. Keep me from speaking evil and help me to only agree with what your Word says. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen