KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 4:4 ” But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”.
Our Lord Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights. The Lord was hungry and it was at this point that the devil came to tempt Him.
The devil did not appear physical as He did in Genesis chapter three, when He came to tempt Eve. He spoke the words into His mind. Please understand that every contrary impression suggestion, idea that flies through your mind comes from an evil source. Many Christians even accept these thoughts as their own. The bible speaks of casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…..”(2nd Corinth 10:5) Don’t give any attention to ANY contrary view of any sort. It may seem harmless yet the source is deadly and would destroy or rob you of your eternal blessings.
The bible says Satan came after the Lord was hungry. Satan is an opportunist. He comes at your weakest moments. He can even create the conditions for your fall. He may stir up your emotions, agitate your feelings but there is one thing he cannot do. The devil can never take or make a decision for you. It is a big error when people accuse the devil as the one who made them to sin. Dear child of God, it is not in the power of Satan to make you decide to do wrong… Satan will influence, coerce, stir, but he does not have that right. In 1st Chronicles 21:1 the bible said “And Satan stood up against David to number Israel”. In this instant it came as a suggestion. It was up to David to refuse or yield. Unfortunately he yielded although Joab, David’s army general asked him not to do so. (1st Chronicles 21:1-4).
The Lord Jesus said to the devil “it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. The Lord could not be tempted to commit sin because He had made up His mind not to. A decided mind cannot be tempted.
Please make up your mind to stand for God, no matter the pressure.
The devil always strikes at the weakest moments. I have made up my mind to honour the Lord and never give any occasion for the flesh.
James 1:13-15 ” Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death”.
Galatians 5:13 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another”.