Luke 4:3-4, And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”
I know I wrote on this last week, but this morning, I felt the Lord prompting me to read Luke’s version of the story. I hope you won’t be bored! In verses 1-2, he tells us this, “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.” HUNGRY? Ya think? I once fasted for 21 days and thought my body was eating itself! Ok, and did you see that part about him being tempted for 40 days? We only hear about the part when the devil spoke to him AFTER the fact. 40 days, alone, being tempted. Most of us couldn’t make it an hour after a commercial for pizza hits the t.v.. Can I get a witness?
I wonder what would happen to temptation if like Jesus, we would speak out loud, “I can’t live by pizza alone, but by filling my heart and mind with the Words of God.” Most of us would hear, “I’m not asking to live by it, I’m asking for one pizza…NOW!” What we see, we think on. What we think on, we say. What we say, we end up doing. That’s just how temptation works, doesn’t it. Perhaps we should guard our eye-gates and ear-gates just a little bit better!
I love what Paul says in Hebrews 4:15, “Jesus, our high priest, is able to understand our weaknesses. When Jesus lived on earth, he was tempted in every way. He was tempted in the same ways we are tempted, but he never sinned.” So that’s the reason for the 40 days in the dessert. Jesus needed to overcome in every area we would ever be tempted in so that he could understand our weaknesses. He is, after all, our advocate with the Father. He pleads our case for us, but we need to remember that He also showed us the way to victory. Talk the Word.
Make a plan, so that when temptation comes, and it will, you will know what to say. Don’t try to appease your appetite with something else. Just say NO! Be consistent, so that when temptation strikes, the Word of God is in your heart and comes out of your mouth. Tell your body to ‘shut up’! Oh, it will talk to you, for sure! But the key to overcoming is, stop giving into it. Just like a spoiled child, the more consistent you are in saying no and keeping your word, soon your body will know you mean business and it will back down.
Father, I have no idea what all Jesus was tempted with, but I’m so thankful that He pleads my case each and every day. When temptation overwhelms me, I pray in my Heavenly prayer language and fortify my spirit. I know that I overcome by the blood of Jesus and I walk in the victory He provided for me, but I also know I need to add to that the Word of my testimony. Each time I win a battle, I need to catalog it and tell myself, “I overcame this last week. I can do it again today!” You made me to be an overcomer, and I thank you for that! Today, I walk in victory. Today, I put on Your robe of righteousness and walk in the authority you gave me. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen