Did you know that Jesus was tempted by Satan when he was here on earth? In Matthew 4, the Bible tells how Jesus was tempted and yet did not sin. Many times, Christians feel very alone when they are tempted and they forget that Christ was also tempted and knows exactly what it feels like. In response to the twisted falsehoods of Satan, Jesus answered each temptation with Scripture, establishing the truth that can withstand any attack.
When Jesus was in the wilderness, Satan came to him with three speciﬁc temptations. Each temptation targeted one of the falling points of man mentioned in 1 John 2:16, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the ﬂesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” While Jesus could have used His authority as the Son of God to ﬁght off Satan, He instead demonstrated the tools that Christians have available to them by using the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Ephesians 6 refers to the Word of God as, the “Sword of the Spirit.” If you think about a sword, it can be used both defensively and offensively in battle. When Christ was tempted in the wilderness, he showed both tactics and, in the end, commanded Satan to leave. “Then Jesus said to him, Go Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” (Matthew 4:10)
The power of Scripture should not be underestimated as it is “…living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) Whether Christians are under attack or preparing to boldly share the gospel, they should use what Christ used – the Word of God. The words in the Bible are so powerful that “It [God’s Word] shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I [God] please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
If you really desire to be like Jesus, make sure you know God’s Word to fend off the attacks of the devil and “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15)
Where is your Sword? Is it in it’s scabbard or is it in your hands, sharpened and ready for battle? You are going to need it today.