The Sword of the Sprit
“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” Matthew 4:4 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’ Matthew 4:7 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.” Matthew 4:10-11
These verses in Matthew were taken from the passage when Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. I wanted to highlight Jesus’ responses because He responded with divine wisdom, but not beyond what we can do. He is our ultimate example, and if we follow what He did in His life we can be successful in our life.
So, in this passage, He gives us such a clear path to follow when we face temptation. First of all, if Jesus was tempted, we know it isn’t sinful to be tempted. It is only sin when you yield to temptation. Next, Jesus is clear on how to resist it. He doesn’t argue with Satan, He doesn’t ignore or avoid the temptation. He pulls out His Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Eph. 6) Each response He gives to all of Satan’s temptations are quotes from God’s Word. That is why the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10:13 that with temptation, we always have a “way of escape”. That “way” is the Word of God!
When you read this passage in full, notice that Satan also quoted Psalms 91 (He will give His angels charge) to Jesus to try to trick Him. But the power of God’s Word was only released when spoken in faith from the mouth of Him who believed it. Jesus. God’s Word has that same potential for power when we speak it in faith, but we have to believe it. We know that faith comes from hearing and hearing the Word of God according to Romans 10:17. That is why it needs to be spoken out loud. So, we continually “hear” it to grow our belief and faith. The verse doesn’t say faith comes from reading and reading the Word of God, we must hear it.
Today I encourage you to start overcoming temptation by speaking God’s Words every day, then believe what you hear. The difference is speaking in faith and believing, not simply knowing what God said! Follow the example Jesus gave us and draw your Sword of the Spirit to take down temptation as soon as it comes. Speak the truth of God’s Word to the enemy’s lies and defeat him every time!
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 4:1-11
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” 5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” 7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” 8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” 11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.