IT IS WRITTENBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over You. and, ‘In their hands they shall bear You up, Lest you dash Your foot against a stone.’”Jesus said to Him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’ Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only shall you serve.’Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.Matthew 4:1-11----After Christ uses the words,“It is written,”so does Satan.Hmmm …By replicating Christ’s words Satan displays that he wields a bit of knowledge, apart from the Spirit, and works to utilize it for his advantage.Back and forth he loosely threads and tries to employ God’s word as a means of deception; twisting it craftily and carefully as he asserts the pathway to power, prestige, and fame.But Jesus doesn’t play Satan’s game.Successfully relying upon the empowerment of the Spirit and the word of God He stations His position as the Son of God by asserting relevant truths as they are working through Him.Resisting the advances of procuring worldly offerings, He simply entrusts Himself to His Father and His Father’s word and defeats Satan’s repeated attempts to throw Him off course.The temptations that were exposed to Christ were supreme in their suggestion that nothing would be denied Him if He would choose to learn and lean on lies.Christ underwent temptation and came out victorious because of the Word.God the Father is the almighty Deliverer.Praise be to God!----This passage speaks to the able weaponry we are given to defeat the advances of Satan’s schemes in our lives. The better we know God’s word … the better we will wield it. In our time of trouble the Spirit will employ the use of that which we have taken time to place within ourselves and procure our station and position solidly in Christ.Whatever scripture comes to mind in the heat of battle we must assert with clarity and strength of voice. In doing so … we will defeat the schemes of Satan and come out victorious just as Jesus did.This is the only way to win battles.----We do not have what it takes to fight a battle that isn’t ours.We must daily and consistently apply the armor of God’s word and sustain our ever needy spirits with the sufficiency of Christ and His strength. And when we stand on Him and in Him our victory is sure but apart from Him we are not able.There is nothing that God’s word cannot defeat and there is no darkness to dark that His light cannot invade. He is the soul's advocate and sufficiency at all times and in all ways.Immerse yourself in God’s word and rely on His sufficiency for the battle that you’re in!He will meet you in your hour … with His power.Rely on Him.