Luke 4: Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 being tempted by the devil for forty days. During those days He ate nothing. And when they were ended, He was hungry.
3 The devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
5 The devil, taking Him up onto a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this power and their glory, for it has been delivered to me. And I give it to whomever I will. 7 If You, then, will worship me, all will be Yours.”
8 And Jesus answered him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.’”
9 He brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:‘He shall give His angels charge concerning you, to preserve you,’ 11 and ‘In their hands they shall hold you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”
12 Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”
13 When the devil had ended all the temptations, he departed from Him until another time.
Temptation is definitely something that we all deal with on a daily basis. How do we or how should we respond when it comes? Jesus give us an example in this text on how to do just that.
Temptation=peirazó in the greek and means to try, tempt, test.
Believe it or not, but satan is real! He still roams the earth to seek whom me may devour.
The power and control of satan in our lives is only as powerful as we allow it to be. He is only able to work with what we give him.
Temptation comes to us in all ways. The devil comes to tempt us in every way possible. No situation or circumstance, no deeds or act in life is exempted from the possibility of satan's temptation.
Yes, satan is the author of temptation. We see where he began with our first parents, Adam and Eve in the garden and guess what? We too are not exempt from his traps he daily sets.
None of us are not immune from satan's attacks against us. We are all vulnerable!
Temptation does not come from God but from satan. The Apostle James reminds of who the tempter is and where it comes from in James 1:13-15- Don’t blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and he doesn’t use evil to tempt others. 14 We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. 15 Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead.
In our text satan tries to tempt Jesus after He had spent 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness on a fast from food and drink but he was met with resistance and rebuke from Jesus.
What was Jesus response to satan's temptation? Resist and Rebuke!
Description of who satan is: John 8:44-He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Out tempter, satan is a deceiver who disguise himself. 2 Corinthians 11:14-No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
The good news regarding temptation is that we do not have to give into it. God has given us spiritual discernment to see temptation through the Spirit for what it is. The choice to accept or reject temptation when it comes is up to us individually.
We must daily prepare for spiritual warfare because it is real! Yes, satan is still roaming the earth today. You must daily dress in your spiritual war clothes for the battles are raging everywhere and they are real.
Our "Battle Gear" can be found in Ephesians 6:11-13-Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
From this text we can see how Jesus dealt with satan at every opportunity of temptation he tried to bring to Him.
Jesus response to satan's temptation against Him was met with "REJECTION AND REBUKE" on every level and at every opportunity. Jesus used His power and authority over satan which is the "Word of God."
People of God, when you see the enemy coming or even when he catches you off guard, know that through the Word of God, prayer and the leading of God's Holy Spirit, you have the power to resist satan every time.
Resist the devil and defend your faith in what you believe by taking a stand at every opportunity, against his desire to tempt you to sin against God.
James 4:7-Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. In other words, humble yourself under the mighty hands of God and satan will have to flee from you. Will he return? Of course!
When we resist satan, he flees for a while and then comes back? When he came back to Jesus, he met resistance and rebuke again and again, even to the point of Jesus calling him out for who he was.. Let's listen to Jesus rebuke of satan in vs#8 “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.”
What is my point? Every time satan shows up in your life to tempt you to do wrong, RESIST AND REBUKE and every time he will flee.
People of God, stay connected to God through prayer, His Word and the leading of His Holy Spirit. This does not mean that satan will stay away, but it does mean that when he shows up, he will not have the power to tempt you to sin against God.
Every minute in time spent with God in His presence is an opportunity for spiritual growth and strength needed for the next attack that is guaranteed to come our way.
People of God, when temptation shows up today as it probably will, RESIST AND REBUKE.