Calvary Chapel Pastor's Blog
Matthew 4:1;11 (ESV): "1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil…11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
Success in temptation comes through the Spirit and Word of God. The Spirit strengthens us while the Word of God builds faith in us. Don't rely on yourself to resist temptation, rest in the Spirit and the Word of God and you will send the devil away with his tail between his legs!
After Jesus was water baptized (signifying His earthly ministry had begun) He was baptized in the Spirit (Matt 3:16-17) and was immediately sent out into the wilderness to be tested. The purpose was so that He could identify with us in all ways (Heb 4:15). Jesus was tempted in His gifting (if you are truly the son of God make these stones bread), in his sense of approval before God (throw yourself down from here and angels will rescue you) and in his mission to redeem the world (worship me and I will give you all these kingdoms and riches) and Jesus caved to no temptation but used the Spirit and Word of God to navigate through successfully. In the end, the devil left him.
When the Spirit of God leads you to places that you might be tempted remember your weaponry. You have the Spirit and the Word of God. Use them both to war against the flesh, the world, and the devil. We have all we need to overcome temptation may we walk in victory, amen?
Father, thank You for giving us all we need for life and godliness. May we rely on the things You've given us and not on ourselves at all we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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