Unspeakable Joy Devotional

March 15.2019

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The Temptation of Jesus. Matthew 4:1-11 “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 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.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. If you are the Son of God, he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up on their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

There is no human that has ever lived nor will ever live that could have resisted such a temptation as this that Jesus endured. He fasted for 40 days and He used the Word of God as His weapon. If you notice even the devil knows the Scriptures quite well except he always twists them and takes them out of context. Satan offered Jesus a way out….to take the world’s kingdoms from Satan….showing that Satan is the god of this world. Satan was trying to get Jesus to go around the cross which meant we would not have been saved from our sins. Jesus said physical bread or food is never enough to keep Satan away. He needed the Word of God and so how much more do we need it. We need the daily Bread of Life which is Jesus and the Word of God, the Bible to resist temptation and memorize it when we are tempted like Jesus was. We need to be in His word daily.

In this life, we will be tempted and tried to know whether our faith is genuine or not. We need to realize that we can’t defeat Satan and overcome sin without God’s help. We need to stay strong, motivated, and zealous in doing the will of God in our lives.

Are you winning in your daily battle with the devil? Are you winning in your battle with temptation, or are you losing? The Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

Surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ and say, “Lord, I want You to forgive my sins, and I want You to give me the power to face Satan and all the temptations and trials of my life. I want Christ. I want to know Him as my Lord and my own Master. I want Him to have all of me.”

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