It Is Written

Matthew 4:4

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.

Yesterday we wrote a devotion about God’s Word being our lamp and our light.  Today I would like to focus on how the Scriptures defend us from temptation.  Three times in the first eleven verses of Matthew 4, Satan tries to tempt Jesus.  Each time (verse 4, 7, and 10), Jesus responds with, “It is written”.  We are no match for temptation in our own strength.  We must follow the example set for us by Jesus.  When faced with temptation, we must immediately run to the Bible.  Let us break down each of these temptations in Matthew 4.

First Temptation – Matthew 4:3

  1. Satan questions who Jesus is, and tries to get Him to prove Himself.
  2. Satan tempts Jesus with instant food, and appeals to His appetite.
  3. This temptation is physical, and has to do with the lust of the flesh.

Second Temptation – Matthew 4:5-6

  1. Satan questions who Jesus is, and tries to get Him to prove Himself.
  2. Satan tempts Jesus with instant fame, and appeals to His desire for acceptance.
  3. This temptation is emotional, and has to do with the lust of the eyes.

Third Temptation – Matthew 4:8-9

  1. Satan puts himself above Jesus, and tries to get Him to fall down and worship.
  2. Satan tempts Jesus with instant fortune, and appeals to His ambition.
  3. This temptation is spiritual, and has to do with the pride of life.

It is important to note that Satan tempted Jesus when He was in a weakened physical condition.  When we are weak and weary, we are vulnerable to temptation.  Satan tempted Jesus with the same threefold strategy he tempted Eve with in the garden of Eden.  He uses the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life to cause us to fall.  Remember, Satan can only persuade, he cannot push.  He offers the temptation, we choose the transgression.  Our only defense is the Word of God.

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