During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
– Matthew 4:3-4 NLT
Jesus has just been led by the Spirit – brilliant!
He has been led to the wilderness – not so brilliant.
He was led there to be tempted – really?! – yes, really.
The devil has come a knocking – uh oh!
But Jesus is not perturbed. Despite fasting to the point of perpetual hunger Jesus has confidence to handle the devil and his lies.
What does Jesus do?
Jesus throws the truth of the scriptures at the lies of the devil! We have this same defence.
When we are led into the wilderness…
When we are tempted…
When the devils’ lies come at us…
…we have confidence in, and apply, God’s words of truth.
For every situation we face God’s word can speak. Our strategy must be to FOLLOW JESUS’ EXAMPLE and stay close to his words of truth and life.