Things You Should Know About Temptation, Part 2

food-temptationHow to Handle Temptation

Matthew 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tested like the first Adam, who handed over His power and dominion to Satan, the tempter.   After Jesus had abstained from eating food for forty days and forty nights, hunger returned to Him. Satan always attack when he thinks you are at your weakest point. He tempted Jesus three times. Test 1: Food test. Satan asked Jesus to prove that He is the Son of God by turning stone to bread. Test 2: Faith test. If you are who you say you are, Jesus, jump off the top of this temple, and the angels will catch you. Test 3: Power test. Satan the usurper of man’s dominion, the prince and god of the world, promised to give Jesus the kingdoms of the world, if He would bow down and worship him. Think back to the times you have been tempted, tested, enticed to do something that was in opposition to God’s word … We handle temptation the same way the Jesus handled it: “Speak the Word”. Jesus responded, “It is written…” He did not entertain Satan’s tests. Jesus knew the word, and He spoke the word out of His mouth concerning each situation. Thank God for His written word (The Bible). Now, we too can resist the devil through speaking God’s word in faith. In so doing, God’s word says that Satan will have to leave us.

Scripture References: Matthew 4:1-11; Matthew 8:8; James 4:7

Prayer for Today:   Father, I submit under the leading of the Holy Spirit. Teach me to resist temptation of all kinds.   In JESUS name. AMEN.

Whatever you must do today, there is a grace for that. Accept the grace and make it a sweatless day.