Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Matt 4:3
The temptation of Jesus is proof that you have the ability to overcome anything thrown at you by the tempter. It must be done as He did it.
It is written that Jesus was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Heb 4:15
You may think He was tempted with the things that are around today. But He was!
First it says that for forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. Matt 4:2
Satan tempted Him in two ways.
First, he said, “If You are the Son of God…” Matt 4:3
Satan wants to cast doubt into your mind as to who you are. How many times has someone thrown your beliefs in your face with something like, “and you call yourself a Christian!”?
Satan wants you to doubt what Christ has done for you. Doubt is a faith killer!
Satan then when in for the kill, “…command that these stones become bread!” Matt 4:3
There is probably no better smell in the world than fresh baked bread. It makes you hungry just thinking about it. Satan did not use this as an opportunity to tempt Jesus with a drink or sex. He knew the thought of bread would do just fine.
I remember a friend that drove a bread truck and one morning he said the bread arrived from the main bakery and it was still warm. He told me he ripped into and ate an entire loaf.
The temptation of filling your hunger with fresh baked bread is a powerful one.
But Jesus had been fasting, which is not a weakness but a strength. Fasting is one of the ways to humble yourself before God. (Ps 35:13 – I humbled myself with fasting.)
I know from experience that fasting leads to prayer, which Jesus also spoke about concerning the casting out of demons – This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting. Mark 9:29
Satan did not confront Jesus at His weakest but at His strongest!
Though the temptation may have been overwhelming, it is not a sin to be tempted. Jesus’ only defense was scripture – God’s word!
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” Matt 4:4
There is power in the word of God. It is written the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Heb 4:12-13
God’s word cuts Satan; it cuts temptation.
Jesus used God’s word each time to overcome temptation. It says after the third temptation the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. Matt 4:11
I believe if you resist temptation you will receive ministry also! It may come directly from the Holy Spirit or perhaps encouragement from a friend.
Don’t think it’s over. Remember one of yesterday’s verses – If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 1 Cor 10:12
Just as the temptation of Jesus ended and He was received ministry, Luke says that when the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came. Luke 4:13
You will not face temptation not once, not twice, but throughout your life.
You can stand strong and fight everyday of your life with prayer, fasting, and God’s word!