In Matthew Chapter 4 we learn about the time when Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. During his three temptations, in all cases, Jesus fought off evil, the power of the devil, and Satan himself, with scripture. In every case, Jesus responded by saying, “It is written”, then followed up with some scripture. Jesus provides us a perfect example of how we too can fight off evil, the enemy, the power of the devil, and Satan himself. And the great news is, we have the same access to scripture in the Bible. We just need to learn it and use it!
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“Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord Your God, and serve him only’.'” – Matthew 4:10
After Jesus resists temptation we read in verse 11 that, “Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” How reassuring to know that after we fight our battles against evil that we will be attended to in the flesh. We will be comforted, and we will be healed. When we let God fight out battles, we are following a path to success that we can be confident in. God always wins. Even when the enemy thinks they are winning, or it appears that they might be winning, God always wins. When Jesus died on the cross, I would bet that the devil thought he had won. We know for sure that Jesus’s disciples were down and confused, only to later realize that Jesus won once and for all when he rose from the grave!
Our weapons are not of this world. We fight our battles through scripture and calling on the Lord through prayer. But it is God who fights our battles when we call on Him, “for the battle is the Lord’s”. Now just because God fights our battles, that doesn’t mean that we won’t ever suffer. Jesus himself tells us that in this life there will be trouble, and that the flesh is weak. But there are many cases where God will not allow us to be harmed according to His Will and great purpose for our lives. In the book of Daniel chapter 3 we read about King Nebuchadnezzar throws Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into the furnace and they are not burned. And in Daniel 6 we read about the time when King Darius orders Daniel to be put into the lion’s den, and how Daniel comes out unscathed. God parts the waters for Moses when we cries out to the Lord. Cry out to Jesus! God will fight out battles when we seek him first and follow in His Ways!
And let us never forget that scripture is one of, if not the best, best weapons against the enemy attacks. It is also our guiding light.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word. Help us to seek you first in all things. Let your Word saturate our hearts and minds, so that your Word is at the tip of our tongues at all times and in all situations. Keep us from temptation, and deliver us from evil. Help us to walk in your presence today. Help us to love those who come across our path today. We are so thankful for all that you have done and for giving us life and breath in our lungs. Help us to live our lives worthy of your sacrifice for us. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 1 Samuel 19; 1 Chronicles 7; 1 Psalm 59; Matthew 4
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4 – quoting Deuteronomy 8:3)
- “Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Matthew 4:7 – quoting Deuteronomy 6:16)
- “Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” (Matthew 4:10 – quoting Deuteronomy 6:13)
- “For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” – 2 Chronicles 20:15
- “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4
- “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:17
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14
- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
- “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41
- See also See also Mark 10:46-52
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