Pocket Sized Thoughts – Temptation – Part 5

Jesus … was led by the Spirit into the desert and was tempted 40 days by the devil.” (Luke 4:1,2)

The devil may be clever, but not that clever as he used the same 3-fold attack upon Jesus as he did upon Eve. The first temptation was that stones should be turned to bread and thus satisfy the lust of the flesh, that is Jesus’ hunger. The second was to show (the lust of the eyes) Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, which would be his if He worshipped the devil. The third, the pride of life, was for Jesus to throw Himself down from the top of the temple and by being preserved, He would demonstrate to men that He was better than they were. Jesus resisted each temptation by turning to and relying upon the Word of God. By ‘feeding’ upon God’s word (instead of relying upon His own ability), Jesus systematically undid all the destructive power of sin that Satan had introduced and sown into the human race. Jesus broke sin and Satan’s stranglehold over us. By depending upon the Father and not upon ourselves, we, through Christ, can know victory over temptation. Glory be to His name.

PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you that You defeated sin, temptation and the devil on our behalf.”