The devil doesn’t play fair. He confronted Christ when He was at His weakest physically. First, he appealed to Christ’s physical desire: He needed food. Surely He could use His power to transform a dry, lifeless stone into a savory cake of unleavened bread. But Jesus answered, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

Satan persisted. He tested Christ’s will: Surely He could prove Himself to the world by jumping off the Temple roof into the protecting arms of His angels. Jesus answered, “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” (Matthew 4:7)

Undaunted, Satan tried one final assault. This time, he put Christ’s ultimate plan to the test: If He would just worship Satan, Jesus could set up His earthly kingdom immediately. But Christ boldly replied, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Matthew 4:10)

Jesus didn’t have to think twice about His responses. He didn’t do anything supernatural to make His foe leave Him alone. He simply used the Word of God. He experienced temptations so we might know how to face our own. Do you know God’s Word? It’s the only weapon guaranteed 100% effective against temptation. Make it a part of your defenses today.

The devil tempts that he may ruin; God tests that He may crown. — Ambrose

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.