THE ONLY WAY

THE ONLY WAY
By: 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

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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 in order to tempt Christ at the deepest level.
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 goods and empowerment, He entrusts Himself to His Father 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 the lies presented Him.
But God the Father delivered Him,
The great Almighty empowered Him,
The strength of God prevailed in Him,
And Christ was victorious ...
Because He trusted in Him.
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This passage speaks to the able and timely weaponry we are given to defeat the advances of Satan’s schemes in our own 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. With a steady reliance on His empowerment, and a firm trust in His ability to sustain, we must bring the battle to Him where it can be rightly fought and rightly won.
We must not play Satan's game.
The only way to secure victory in battle is through Christ alone.
You and I simply don’t 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 able word.
When we stand on Him and in Him …
We are ensured a victory through Him.
There's nothing that God’s word can’t defeat;
No one that the Spirit is afraid to meet,
And all who oppose God will utlimately retreat ... and the devil will flee.
Rely on Him.
Immerse yourself in His unchanging word and stake your life and your battles on Him.
He will meet you in your hour … with His power.
Look to Him.
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"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
Ephesians 6:12-13