Have you ever thought of the weapons that Jesus used to fight the devil? I’m not sure I’ve thought about it a lot until Sunday when my pastor mentioned it.
Jesus had fasted in the wilderness for forty days and surely was weak physically. Is that why Satan chose that time to come tempt him?
These temptations were interesting. They seemed to be centered on Jesus proving who He was—turning stones to bread, casting Himself down so that angels would protect him, and then bowing to the devil so that the kingdoms of the world would in return worship Him.
Of course, I’ve never had temptations like this. But I have been tempted to set the record straight. To prove myself.
Each time the devil brought an onslaught, Jesus used the same weapon…Scripture. He quoted Scripture.
Jesus could have said, “I’m more powerful than you!” He could have used logic and argued with the devil. But he didn’t. Every time he needed to fight, he used Scripture.
“It is written!”
The tempter said, “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written…”
Satan said, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down.”
Jesus said, “It is written…”
Then Satan showed Jesus the kingdoms of the world and said, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”
Jesus said, “Get thee hence, Satan.” Then he said, “It is written…”
I’m sure Jesus had many weapons at His disposal, but the one He chose to use is the one that is at our disposal. He chose to fight in a way that we could imitate!
This is powerful!
Don’t you want to stand on the Word today? I do! Sunday night, God came in a mighty way to me and reiterated a promise that He has given me before. I sobbed and realized that the promise was still available. I looked at the expiration date and saw that it was still good!
Has God ever given you a promise and somehow, you’ve almost let it slip from you? Dig it out!
It is written!
Today, I’m standing on the word.