Focal passage: Matthew 4:1-10
This time of year is known as hurricane season. If you have watched the news over the past few weeks, you have seen some powerful storms that have affected the United States.
These storms can be devastating and cause untold damage. Many times they can be deadly, so people in the storm’s path are warned to prepare and evacuate before it’s too late. Plans made by different states save numerous lives.
When facing storms of such magnitude, we need a battle plan. The same should be said when battling the evil forces of this world.
Jesus, our perfect example, demonstrates how to weather spiritual attacks.
Satan will try and tempt us in crafty ways.
The first way we notice Satan tempting Jesus is by appealing to his physical needs: “And after fasting forty days and forty nights he was hungry” (Matthew 4:2). Satan enticed him to turn stones into bread, yet Jesus responded with scripture, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Satan also tempted Him by questioning God’s Word.
This is not a new tactic. Satan did just the same in the Garden of Eden when he persuaded Eve. Again Jesus responds, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test” (Matthew 4:7). Jesus uses the word of God to defend against Satan’s misuse of God’s Word.
Jesus’ third temptation was to worship something other than God. “I will give you everything if you will worship me,” Satan said. A third time Jesus used the Word of God to defend against the attacks of the tempter.
So, what does this say to us? In the same way we prepare for hurricanes with a plan, when facing the attacks of Satan we must have a defensible course of action. As Jesus quoted scripture in response to every attack Satan threw at Him, we too must be prepared with the knowledge of God’s Word to successfully face the temptations of Satan.