Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Matthew 4:1
If you lose the faith, you lose the battle.
Biblical prophecies tell us about the Messiah who would come and save His people. He would redeem souls from damnation, give them eternal life and supernatural power for life on earth. Satan, however, is the tempter. He is not all knowing, he only knows the revealed will of God and his plan is to stop its manifestation.
Satan cunningly presented Jesus with 3 temptations, based on the lusts of the world, of the eyes and the pride of life (1John 2). The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. He schemes to lure us into questioning the character of God, and into doing things our way instead of God’s way. Satan’s plan is to abort the manifestation of God’s decreed will (prophesy)! Satan plotted against Jesus but the Lord obtained the victory:
- Satan’s plan was for Jesus to think of pleasing Himself. After all, after 40 days of fasting, Jesus was most likely starving! But the Lord had faith in the satisfaction of word of God: He knew the distinction in His current warfare- it was SPIRITUAL- not carnal.
- Satan’s plan was to take Jesus life, or kill Him before His time. From inference, we also know that He asked God to pass the bitter cup from Him: He didn’t want to carry the sins of the world and be separated from God the Father (Sin and God do not mix: Jesus had never been separate from the Father.) If Satan could get Jesus to kill Himself, then He would not save the world! Additionally, Satan’s plan was to show that there was pride found in Jesus heart. But Jesus did not fall for the subtle seduction to show off His power over angels, or supernatural ability (He walked over water, right?!).
- And finally, Satan’s final temptation was designed to have the Lord question His identity. He showed Jesus the kingdoms of the world, and told Him that they would be His, if He would worship Satan. Jesus is the Lord of all, The King of kings. Isaiah 9:6 prophesies: a child will be born, and the kingdom will be on his shoulders… The Lord knew who He was and He knew that Satan could not give him anything that Father God had not already destined for Him.
Satan loves to change the hope we have in God’s promises into fear, worry or disappointment. He tries to steal our faith and hope in the word of God and the prophetic word spoken over us. Jesus could have defended Himself from Satan’s mockery, and would have technically been justified in turning the stones into bread. But instead of falling into Satan’s snares: our Lord Christ Jesus kept His eyes on God and His mind on the word!
Father God, you are on our side. Thank you for your word and for our great redeemer, who has been tempted as we are tempted. Today I ask that you heal our wounds and offenses, so that we may not harden our hearts and sin against you. I ask you for discernment to fight in the Spirit and not seek carnal resolutions. I also ask you Lord to hide us and train our hands to war against the enemies we face which want us to abort the word you have declared over us. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.