Victory or Defeat

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’ ” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’ ” Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.” “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.

Matthew 4:1‭-‬11 NLT

How did Jesus defeat Satan?

1) He had scripture hidden in His heart (Psalm 119:11), and He wasn’t afraid to use it!

2) He was protected with and armed by spiritual armor, and wielded the sword masterfully as a defensive weapon (Ephesians 6:13-17). Not fooled for a moment by Satan’s intended deceptions, He used discernment that saw right through them.

3) Jesus was God incarnate (in human flesh), and lived the word of God perfectly, knowing it to be perfectly true. We will never practice it the way He did, but must “walk the talk” to have victory over Satan.

While Satan knew scripture, twisting and perverting it, he did not live by it and went down in defeat.

It is possible to know the Bible, but refuse to obey it. Are we following in Satan’s footsteps, or Jesus’s? The answer to that question has critical implications for now, and for all eternity. There is no more important issue in all of life, and one many treat as if it’s inconsequential or indiscernible. But we can know, and must decide — the sooner, the better.

Find a quiet place and, if not the whole Bible, then read the book of John. Before you begin, acknowledge that you don’t really know what the truth is, but you want to. Ask God to reveal Himself and the Truth to you as you read His word. Then read with an open mind. I would love to hear how God has revealed Himself to you through His word.

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