We’ve been learning a lot about Satan’s attack on our lives and how he seeks to tempt our minds with three opening moves. Today, I want to show you how he attacked Jesus in the same manner.
When you grow weary of living in a society that constantly fights to make you discontent, remember that Jesus faced the very same temptations. After the devil led Him into the wilderness, he first sought to persuade Him to turn a stone into bread (that was especially alluring since He had been fasting for 40 days). This was Satan’s appeal to the lust of His flesh, but He responded with, “It is written…!” When appealing to His flesh didn’t work, the adversary attempted to get Him to jump off of a pinnacle and let the angels come catch Him. Had that happened, the world would have seen His magnificence and given His amazing feat a standing ovation — the lust of the eyes. Appealing as it may have been to be seen as so spectacular, Jesus again responded with, “It is written…!” In a final attempt to get Him to compromise, the devil offered to give Him all the Kingdoms of the world if only He would bow down and worship him, even just one time; talk about the pride of life! However, once more, Jesus replied with, “It is written…!”
Friend, remember that Satan never disagreed with the Lord when He responded to temptation by saying, “It is written…!” In fact, there was no way he could argue with that. You see, even the devil knows that God has the final authority and that His Word is the source of righteousness and power. When Jesus’ truth is planted in your heart, there is no debate, no matter how appealing the temptation is! In Christ, your spirit knows what is right and wrong, even though a shortcut may look appealing. As you trust His Father’s heart and stand on the unshakable authority of His Word, there is no temptation that can overcome you! Isn’t that comforting news?