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RESISTING TEMPTATION

January 21, 2013

“…Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shall thou serve.” – Matt. 4:10

 

For me, the passage of Christ‘s temptation in the wilderness is one of the most inspiring stories in the entire Bible. It highlights our Lord’s humanity, while at the same time sharply defining His divinity. How? Because, though Jesus is the Son of God, He was also the Son of Man: and as such, He was subject to man’s weaknesses and infallibility…the weaknesses of the flesh. So, was He tempted? Well, of course He was! But, the Spirit within Him, that sustained Him, and that gave Him power to overcome the devil is that same Holy Spirit that sustains the body of Christ today…and that Spirit is divine. One of the reasons He came to this world, was, in fact, to show us that such things could and can be done! “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto My Father.” (John 14:12). This goes for resisting and rebuking Satan, as well.

 

We are told, “Neither give place to the devil,” (Eph. 4:27), and to “abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good,” (Rom. 12:9), and to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them,” (Eph. 5:11). Because the more we allow evil into our lives, the more power we give it to control us. The more we fall to temptation, the easier it is to keep continually falling. Now, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” (Rom. 4:23), but we have determine to what extent. So, what do we do to keep sin from our lives? How do we manage to overcome the devil and resist temptation when he is so good at hitting us just the right way with it? Because, bad things don’t ‘just happen’; as children of God, we are the continual targets of spiritual attack – for what would the devil want more than a child of the King in his clutches? How do we beat such a bombardment? Well, Christ lived and died to supply the answer to that question.

 

“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God!‘” (Matt. 4:4). This is the answer: the Word of God. By being knowledgeable in His Word – by studying and meditating on it – then we are able to avoid situations in which we are tempted in the first place. And, by being washed clean by the blood of the Lamb who died upon that Cross, we are able to rebuke Satan when he does appear in our lives with the Word. Think: when tempted, what did Jesus use to resist the devil – to rebuke and overcome him? He used the scriptures…He used God’s Word. There is power – true power – in the Blood, and in the Word: these are the weapons that Christ died to provide; these are the tools that were purchased with His mercy and His grace. It depends on us, however, to use them effectively.

 

So, remember this today: that the key to withstanding any assault of evil, of darkness, is to be washed in the Blood and armed with the Word: the enemy cannot withstand these, for they are what make us strong, clean, and untouchable. “For though we walk after the flesh we do not war after the flesh: for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” (II Cor. 10:3-4)

 

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:12-13

Be blessed,

Joshua

 

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