Day 14

Read Matthew 4:1-11.

Devotion by: David Gonzalez
Temptation

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Matthew 4:10

The eternal destiny of hundreds of millions of people hung on the outcome of this personal battle between Jesus and the devil.

Our first parents, Adam and Eve, were representatives of the human race. They listened to the devil’s flattering, deceiving words back in Genesis. The resulting rebellion against God’s command had ravaged his good earth with every twisted form of evil and sin: murder, immorality, greed, corruption, lies, arrogance, war, disaster, death. God’s plan for saving His world involved sending His Son to become another human, another representative, who would rescue His people from sin and evil and give them life and love.

Satan, of course, totally opposed this. His plan: attack the Son of God and subvert His commitment to God’s will. What did Jesus use in this lonely place to overcome the devil’s temptations? He used the Word of God. Jesus repeatedly declared, “It is written,” to reference passages in the Old Testament. Even those small parts of God’s Word were sufficient to defeat Satan, and he retreated.

Satan cannot tempt Jesus anymore, but he is still working on us. A helpful way to defeat daily temptation is to develop a battle plan, which will allow you to be prepared when temptation arises, not succumb to it. Spend time each day with God and ask for His protection and strength to overcome temptations that you may face.

Lord Jesus, You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Give me strength to resist earthly temptations that will surely come my way. I trust You and You alone. Thank You for loving me.

Jessica Spivey