How did Christ defeat the tempter? It’s important to know the answer to that question because Jesus’ example shows us how to do the same. The long and short of it is: “It is written.” That’s what Jesus said when faced with the tempter. That’s what He said to overcome and achieve victory! He spoke the Word!
Let’s look at the Scripture.
Matt. 4:2-11 – And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, if thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, it is written again, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Christ made it very clear that the Word of God is our weapon of choice to defeat every difficult situation in our lives: every temptation, every lack, every challenge, every physical or spiritual need. In these verses Christ addressed bread for physical need, but bread is also a symbol of spiritual life. Jesus is the Bread of Life. In this first of three temptations, Christ quoted Deuteronomy 8:4, but go back and read the entire passage from which that was taken (Deut. 8:2-18), and you will find so much more . . . clothes never wearing out, a land where we lack nothing, a land with brooks and streams and springs gushing out, a land with honey and olive oil, a place where God leads us successfully through wilderness and brings water out of dry rock. That pretty much covers every physical or spiritual need we could ever have. God breaks up the fallow, dry ground of life and gives us abundance and refreshing!!!
In the second temptation, Christ quotes Psalm 91. If you read that entire Psalm, you will find promises of rest, refuge, deliverance from the fowler’s snare and pestilence, God’s faithfulness to us, freedom from fear, protection from all harm, our rescue, and deliverance from trouble! Wow!
Every time the tempter came, Jesus said, “It is written.” In other words, stand on God’s Word. Find His promises to you regarding your situation, and believe them, and stand on them. What happens when we do that? Look what happened after the third of Jesus’ temptations. The devil left, and the angels ministered to Jesus. That is exactly what will happen when you use the Word!
So stand strong, Dear Ones! Find the Word. Believe the Word. Speak out the Word. You will see the road to victory, and that difficult situation will give way to a place of rest, refreshing, and abundance!
Pastor Lisa Marie
If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this: Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption. I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life. I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit. I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me. Amen.