When Jesus fought the Devil in the wilderness, Satan never landed a single punch. Three times Jesus told him, "It is written" (Matthew 4:4, 7,10). And with those three solid right hooks, Satan went down and couldn't get up. Let's look at each of the three temptations. ". . . If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread." (v. 3). Note Satan's twofold attack: 'If you are the Son of God.' Satan will make you doubt your salvation, your Savior, and your righteous standing before God (ee 2 Corinthians 5:21). He'll remind you of all your flaws and failures. He'll tell you, 'The Christian life is too hard; give up!" That's a lie; don't believe him. Yes, the Holy Spirit will point out your character defects so you can overcome them. But you're not saved by your own goodness. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" (Ephesians 2:8). (2) 'Change these stones into loaves of bread.' Forty days of fasting had left Jesus famished. His stomach was empty, so Satan began with the topic of bread. Where are you empty? Are you hungry for attention, craving success, and longing for intimacy? You must be aware of your weak spots and bring them to God before Satan brings them to you and says, "Meet your own needs. Take matters into your own hands. Leave God out of the picture." No, if you could live the Christian life without God, you wouldn't need Him! It's the life that's totally dependent on God that defeats Satan's strategies every time.
"Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." (Psalm 139:10)
Never are God's children so far removed upon the earth that they might fall outside the protective grasp of their Lord. He is to everlasting, filling all the heavens with His majesty! Fear no bitter darkness nor lasting night for ever shall the Lord of heaven redeem you who believe unto the everlasting morning and bathe you in light imperishable!
Week #45 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Deuteronomy 1-3
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 33-36
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 128-130
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 5-6
Thursday: (Prophecy) Haggai
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 13-14
Saturday: (Letters) 1 Peter 1-3