As promised, back to the promises
1 Corinthians 10:13 – KJV – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
God does not leave us alone when we are tempted. He ALWAYS provides an escape route for every temptation the devil throws our way. As we read His word and hide it in our heart, we will become wise to the devil’s ways and will not be deceived.
2 Corinthians 2:11 – KJV – Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Jesus used the wisdom from God’s word to escape the temptation He faced in the wilderness. Matthew Chapter 4 records this. We are told of 3 specific temptations that Jesus overcame. I tend to think that these are the only three that are recorded for us. I believe he faced temptation the entire 40 days. And after that, He faced every temptation that we have.
Hebrews 4:15 – KJV – For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
So how did Jesus beat the temptation? He said over and over, “It is written”. He pulled out the promises of God, the sword of the spirit (Eph. 6) and used them to navigate out of the temptation. He did not use any “God power” that is not available to us; He used the promises that are given to everyone.
In Matt 4:6, the devil tried to quote scripture to make his point. Jesus was not deceived by this. He knew the devil took the scripture out of context because Jesus had studied the Word. He made it a priority to know what God said. You see, the best way to recognize error is to know the truth. You will be able to spot what is wrong immediately when you know what is right. And we learn what is right by seeing what God has to say about it. As we talked about in an earlier blog, God’s word will produce life in us that has power to resist temptation – if we will get it into our hearts.
Psalms 119:11 – KJV – Thy word have I hid (to store away, treasure, hide from view) in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Memorized scripture is like a concealed weapon against temptation. Jesus was able to pull it out because he put it in. We can do the same thing. Get the word in so you can answer the devil with, “it is written” the next time he brings temptation your way.