Today’s Scripture: And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. Luke 4:1-2

An important truth I have learned throughout the years is that the greatest temptation will always come after a spiritual high. Christ wasn’t an exception to that pattern. Right after He was baptized and recognized publicly as God’s beloved Son by God the Father, Christ faced His greatest temptation. God the Father obviously knew that Christ would not fall to the temptation, but He allowed Satan to tempt Him so Christ would experience the same pain we face. Christ went through it, and now He can assure us that “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.” (Hebrews 4:15)

Christ lived as fully human the entire time He had His ministry. He didn’t use His own power He had as God, but only used the power of the Spirit. So He, living as fully human, was tempted in all points like us, but He was without sin. That ought to be a great encouragement to us because He gave us the same Spirit. Knowing we are no longer in bondage to sin, we can say no to temptation. “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

So watch out for temptations. They very often will come when you are weak, tired, or alone. Notice that Christ hadn’t eaten in forty days, didn’t have others with him to keep him accountable, and was in the middle of the wilderness. This would be Satan’s best chance to get Christ by temptation. All Satan wanted was to prevent Christ from being an acceptable sacrifice on the cross. Christ responded to temptation with Scripture, remained sinless, and all of us have benefited because of that.

When you are tempted, all Satan wants to do is prevent you from reaching the lost. Satan is our enemy. He doesn’t want anybody to go to Heaven. When we destroy our testimony or fulfill our own will instead of God’s, then we are doing our part to prevent the gospel from reaching others. What a serious crime! We need to yield to the Spirit indwelling us and be determined not to fail the next time we are tempted. So watch for temptations after you have a spiritual high, when you are weak, and when you are alone. Don’t let Satan get victory in your life.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder