Tag: Temptation

The Devil Tempts Jesus – Part 2

Colossians 2:8 NKJV
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

What values, principles and doctrines do you live by? WHOSE teachings, philosophies and words do you live by?
Do you feed your mind and spirit with what proceeds out of the mouth of the world and various people, or do you feed your mind and spirit with what proceeds out of the word of God?
For example, people who do not believe in God tend to live by what proceeds out of the mouth of the men who devised the Theory of Evolution and also the Big Bang Theory – of which these theories and ideas deny the existence of God. Therefore whatever information you feed yourself with has an effect on your worldview and how you see life.

Matthew 4:3-4 NKJV
Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 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.'”

While Jesus was fasting, the very first temptation that the devil proposed to Jesus had to do with fulfilling FLESHY DESIRES by suggesting to Jesus that He turn stones into bread. Jesus had gone without food for several days and naturally His body must have felt the desire for food. But Jesus had not completed His fast yet and by fasting & praying Jesus was nurturing, nourishing and edifying His spirit & spiritual desires. Jesus was not interested in listening to any suggestion or any idea that proceeded out of the mouth of the devil no matter how physically hungry He might have been. Jesus’ spiritual goal was MORE important for Him to achieve than inappropriately satisfying a temporary fleshly desire at that time.
Therefore the devil’s first temptation, appealed to the FLESHLY desires. The scriptures sometimes call these desires “THE LUST OF THE FLESH”.
Just as the devil tried to make Jesus turn the stones into bread, today, the devil has still been tempting masses of people with suggestions that we feed ourselves with our own SELF-MADE / MAN-MADE doctrines and philosophies INSTEAD of living “by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

The devil has tempted and suggested to mankind issues, teachings and acts that are clearly forbidden by the word of God such as evolution, homosexuality, abortion, fornication, pornography, materialism etc, all of which satisfy the fleshly needs and desires – but only temporarily. These current worldviews, suggestions, teachings and doctrines are temptations which proceed from the mouth of other people and NOT “from the mouth of God”.

Therefore I believe that Jesus’ response to the first temptation wasn’t just about food, but it was also about ideas & teachings. Jesus said to the devil , “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
Jesus was telling the devil – man lives by the words and teachings of God ONLY and NOT by anything that the devil or tempter has to offer or suggest which only satisfy the flesh.

TODAY. From whose mouth are you feeding from? Is it from the mouth of men & the tempter – or is it STRICTLY from “what proceeds from the mouth of God“?

The Devil Tempts Jesus – Part 1

Matthew 4:1-11

Whether you realize it or not; whether you are a Christian or not, the devil is on a mission to kill, steal and destroy BOTH believers and unbelievers.
Jesus faced the same tests, trials and temptations that we all face in our lives. The great thing about Jesus is that He overcame temptation in every area that the devil tried to tempt Him.

When Jesus was being tempted, there are various lessons you can learn about the devil’s tactics and about why Jesus was successful in overcoming temptation.
Today, I will concentrate on one of those tactics of the devil and why Jesus was successful over temptation.

The Devil Attacks Your Identity
On the two different attempts that the devil tested Jesus, the devil would begin by saying these very words: “IF you are the Son of God…” (Matthew 4:3 and Matthew 4:5)
Even though the devil himself knew that Jesus WAS the Son of God, by using the word “IF”, the devil still attempted to very subtly throw a seed of doubt into Jesus’ mind about who He was. You see the devil knows that if he can get you to doubt your identity in Christ, then he can get you to fail in so many areas of your life.
Have you ever doubted your salvation after you became a Christian? Have you ever doubted if God wants to bless you? Whenever you sin or make a mistake, do you ever doubt whether God loves you?
That’s just the devil attacking your identity in Christ. Knowing who you are in Christ is one of the foundations of your relationship with God.

John 10:30 NKJV
“I and My Father are one.”

John 10:31-33 NKJV
Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”  The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”

Jesus knew who He was despite insinuations from the devil to prove Himself and despite the opposition from the Pharisees about His identity.
Jesus knew without a doubt that He was the Son of God and He knew the power and authority that came with His identity.

When you become a Christian, the devil will try by all means to attack you FIRST in the area of your identity in Christ. It is the devil’s MOST SUBTLE area of attack. The devil will try to convince you that you are a chicken, yet in God’s eyes you are an eagle. But as long as you believe that you are a chicken, you will always walk like a chicken and talk like a chicken and believe like a chicken.
Your thoughts and actions are based on what your core beliefs are about yourself.

So what do you REALLY believe about yourself and who you really are in Christ? Yes you may know what the bible says about your identity in Christ – but DO YOU BELIEVE IT?

For example in the face of TESTS & TRIALS do you BELIEVE & BEHAVE as one who is “more than a conqueror in Christ” (Romans 8:37)? Do you BELIEVE & BEHAVE as one who “can do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13)?

One of the reasons why the devil couldn’t succeed in tempting Jesus was because Jesus knew who He was and no word or insinuation from the devil was going to change that.
TODAY. Discover who you are in Christ. Then BELIEVE it.