Mark 1:12-13Matthew 4:1-11Luke 4:1-15John 1:19-2:25Matthew 4:10, “Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”
Have you ever considered how often you feel the sway of temptation? If you’re trying to eat a healthier diet, that favorite snack or sweet treat is especially tempting. If you’re trying to save money, you might be tempted by impulsive spending or a “great deal” on something you don’t really need. If you’re striving to date God’s way, in the heat of the moment lust can quickly lead you astray. But although temptation is inevitable, it’s not all-powerful! In fact, the path to victory is clear and simple — it can be done, but it won’t be easy!As we read today, Jesus was sent into the wilderness to be tempted for forty days. In a weakened state, His body craving food, Satan shows up to tempt Him three times, telling Him to turn stones into bread, offering Him wealth, and appealing to His ego. Did Jesus cave in, launch into a lengthy conversation, or even entertain the thought? No! He only responded by quoting Scripture. God’s Word is a powerful weapon that we, like Jesus, should employ when facing temptation. When we respond to Satan’s promptings with absolute truth, not only are we reinforcing God’s power in our lives, we make the devil flee.When temptation rears its ugly head, don’t cave in. Instead, stand up, turn to God’s Word, and emerge from the fight with the faith and power to be victorious!
Lord, I know that temptation is inevitable. Help me, in such moments, to turn immediately to the strength of Your Word. Lead me away from sin and guide me to victory, just as Jesus did! Amen.