Sunday, February 1, 2015

Jesus is Tested in the Wilderness

Read Luke 4:1-13

The key things that stood out to me after reading this passage is that Jesus knew the word of God. It was planted on his heart, so that when situations arose he was able to stand firm on his fathers word. If Jesus knew the word, then we too must know what God word says. My pastor shared with us last year during bible study that we needed to learn a new bible verse every week. I have to admit I haven't done this. I started today and I will learn a bible verse each week. This weeks bible verse is Luke 4:4 Jesus answered, "It is written that man shall not live on bread alone." (NIV)

While Jesus was in the wilderness he fasted 40 days. Notice in verse 2 that he wasn't hungry until the fast ended. The Lord was his daily bread. We all experience wilderness moments whether it be spiritual or physical. In those moments we must stand on God's word. As we can see in the scripture that the devil knew scripture as well. The devil is sneaky. Notice that each time the devil attempted to temp Jesus he responded with scripture. Verse 4 Jesus was referring to Deuteronomy 8:3, Verse 8 refers to Deuteronomy 6:13 and verse 12 refers to Deuteronomy 6:16. Jesus was tempted but he didn't SIN.  The devil then departed until the opportune time. The devil didn't accomplish anything.

If Jesus knew the word, then we too must know what God word says. We can only overcome the devil with God's word and prayer. We should flee from the devils traps. What the devil has to offer is temporary satisfaction but what God has to offer is everlasting life.

If you are in the wilderness right now, Don't Give Up!!! Jesus knows what you are going through. Your breakthrough is in your praise. Trust God and he will see you through.

How do we resist falling into temptation?

1. Read and study God's word
2. Pray Daily to your Father in Heaven
3. Remember what Jesus Christ did for us on that cross. He died for our sins. He rose again to go and prepare a place for us and he will come back and take us with him. John 4:13 (NIV)

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