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 was tempted by the devil (to break God’s word to satisfy his hunger). The Lord stood His grounds and pushed away the schemes of the devil.
Many people fail in such times, why? Apostle James gives us some answers to this. James 1:13-15. In verse 14, the word says, “But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed”. From James statement does it mean that when the individual is not drawn away by his own lust then he is not tempted? I think that is exactly what he is saying. From this verse Ii see two aspects in every temptation.
- The condition that put a strain on one’s desire.
- One’s negative response (lust) to the condition.
In every temptation, there is the trial that is the condition posing as a test and the person’s negative, response which the apostle James calls temptation. This second aspect is a process:
1 It starts with lust drawing one away from God’s word.
- The next stage is enticement; where one is deceived or caught by a bait. This is the stage where the heart is hardened according to Hebrews 3:13 “But exhort one another daily while it is called today: lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin”.
3 At the third stage Apostle James said lust conceives and finally the act is committed (gives birth to Sin).
4 .At the final stage when sin is finished, it brings forth death (James 1:15)
Dear child of God this should not be your portion. The Christian is not in the flesh to live after the flesh. Romans 8:9. “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit…..”.
Use your tongue to reverse this wrong process of temptation. The Lord Jesus said it is written and then quoted the scripture. Tell the devil and your flesh that it is written, “That I am are not in the flesh to live after the flesh”. Tell the devil and your flesh again, it is written. “Sin shall not have dominion over me”. (Romans 6:14).
Remember that the right use of the tongue bridles or controls the whole body (James 3:2).
Don’t go down into the valley of sin, speak your way unto the mountain of Holiness.
I am not in the flesh to obey the dictates of the flesh, rather i am in the Spirit and so I am subjected to the ways and instructions of the Spirit which is the word of God. I live above every temptation of the devil in Jesus name.
James 3:2 “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body”.
Romans 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his”.