The Tempter Comes

Today is Day 3 in our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11
Thought for Today: “The Tempter Comes”

The tempter came to Him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Mt 4:3-4)

In this passage we have a wonderful opportunity to see how Jesus dealt with the tempter in the wilderness. It is interesting to note that it is the Holy Spirit who leads Jesus into this situation where we find Him hungry and vulnerable to the tempter’s approach. Jesus has denied His physical body of food for 40 days so that He could focus upon the Words of God. This focus has brought Him into a place of testing that cannot be duplicated in any other environment. He is challenged about His identity, His authority and His loyalty. In every situation His response is the Word of God… and in the end the Devil left Him.

The Wilderness Experience:

There are seasons where we need to remind our body where our true resource is found. Jesus pointed out to His disciples that He had food that they did not know about (Jn 4:32). Whether our appetite is for food, entertainment, or even other people, the wilderness experience reminds us that we were created for more than just flesh desires. Getting to the core values that we stand on is essential when in the midst of temptation, testing and trials of our faith. If we have a shallow understanding of our faith in God, then we will find ourselves struggling when the tempter comes… and he will come.

Focus on God’s Word:

I want to emphasize something we often overlook in this wilderness experience. Jesus is focusing on the Words of God with a fasting lifestyle before the tempter comes to Him. Its true, the tempter will try to bring distraction and disruption to your spiritual journey; but recognize the security of knowing your resource is in the Word of God. There is just no threat when you live in the store house of God’s love and embrace. That is exactly what we have in the Words of God, a Store House of Truth that feeds our needy soul (Ps 119:81).

Jesus is the Word Made Flesh:

Later Jesus proclaims “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty” (Jn 6:35). God offers us something greater than bread, He offers us life in Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. He is our spiritual resource. When we focus upon Jesus, looking into His eyes by faith, we are renewed in strength and revived in spirit (2 Cor 4:6). Likewise, when we focus on the Words of God in Scripture there is a revelation of the provision of God in Christ Jesus, released by the Holy Spirit (Col 1:27). Strength and joy are made available to bring revival to our weary souls.

Make note as we carry on our fasting lifestyle: the Kingdom of God is not food or drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17).

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