Silence the devil

"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)

This encounter between Jesus and the devil happens after Jesus goes public with His ministry as God’s Savior at His baptism by John the Baptist. He isn’t led to a party, but to a predicament, the predicament of the wilderness and temptation from the evil one.

When you and I go public with our faith, we will encounter problems because the enemy of our souls will not sit by and leave us alone. Like Jesus, God has allowed these trying times to encourage and strengthen our faith in Him. The good news is He has not left us to face the tempter alone. He has given us His Spirit and His Word.

The way the tempter tries to get us off track is by having us question our true identity. He even did this with Jesus - “If you are the Son of God…” Jesus didn’t waiver in who He was and Who’s He was. He was Jesus, the Son of the Living God and he defined for the devil what that meant:

1. God’s children live by God’s Word.

2. God’s children do not test God’s grace (giving us what we don’t deserve - which

is punishment) by willfully sinning in an attempt to put God in a position of

compromising His character and Holiness. He will not always get you out of sin’s

consequences, because He loves you and doesn’t want you to make a lifestyle of

hurting yourself and others (sin). Don’t assume God has a “get out of jail free” card

for your sinful actions.

3. God’s children worship (live for) Him alone and His will and desires and not

their own.

As Jesus followers, we will be tempted, but like Jesus, when we confess these truth’s over our lives in times of temptation and live them out, the devil is silenced and he must go. Silence the devil.

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