The Word in the wilderness

In Matthew chapter 4 we read that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness by the devil.

What a bumpy start to Jesus’s ministry. Right after he was baptised, God announced from the heavens that he was pleased with his son and the first thing that happens is he is led to the middle of nowhere! We are crazy to think that just because we are children of God, that everything will be smooth sailing.

After Jesus had fasted for forty days this was the perfect time for the father of lies to try and trap him. There are 3 ways he attempts this. (Take a couple of minutes to read the passages)

  1. Matthew 4:3-4 =Hunger
  2. Matthew 4:5-7 =Safety
  3. Matthew 4:8-10 =Power

On the surface there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with satisfying your hunger, especially if you are hungry, who wouldn’t want to be kept safe by angels and we could all do with a bit of extra power right? It would seem that the devil is being a nice dude to Jesus, just trying to help him out-NO.

At the heart of these interactions is an attempt to make Jesus use his divine power to have his needs met instead of trusting his father.

Jesus could have easily had his needs met through the calling of angels, or some other supernatural way and come out on top, but that’s not his way. He could see through the devils schemes and instead he chose to resist all 3 temptations with the proper use of scripture.

If Jesus knew how important it was to know, understand and use scripture to stand firm against temptations,  what makes us think that we can use our own wisdom when we are being tempted?

There will be times on our Christian journey when we will prefer to deal with temptation in our own way, and in our own strength. But like Jesus, we need to make a choice to follow in his steps by turning to Gods Word for the strength and guidance we need to stay strong. This means knowing and understanding scripture for ourselves, or as it says in Psalm 119, We are to hide the Word in our hearts so that we wont sin.

So when we are tempted we will be held up with the Word of God.

  • What does this tell us about God? That sometimes he will lead us into uncomfortable places, but he wont leave us there alone.
  • What does this tell us about Jesus Christ? That he understood the importance of the word of God, he knew that scripture was alive and active, and used it when it mattered most.
  • And for us? This means we can trust God and the bible, especially when in the wilderness. And part of having the mind of Christ is making good choices to rest on  the Word given to us, especially when temptations come our way.

Do you meditate on and memorize scripture so it is stored in your heart and mind? If not, will you now make the time to prepare yourself for when you are tempted to sin and do things your own way?

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  1. Such great thoughts here! I agree wholeheartedly—commit the word to your heart and mind now! “It is Written” should be ever on our lips when temptation strikes. I have also noticed that my mind is primed to fight temptation when I am steeped in God’s words on a daily basis.

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  2. Powerful truth and insight here about Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness! And I love the application you make to our lives and the times when we face temptation! So important to trust our Heavenly Father and to follow Him in everything rather than leaning on our own understanding! Thank you for this excellent and encouraging post, Dave! Glad that you are back! 🙂

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  3. Great post! “Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee.” This powerful when we back up this power when we Submit first to God, Yes to God. And then we (God and I) can resist the devil and make him flee.” There are more scriptures I have been able to memorize, but I’m working on feeling them when I face troubles. 🙏🏼

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  4. Yes, indeed Dave. He was fully man and fully God yet chose to show us the way we as humans should deal with the enemy and his lies by using the Word, the sword of the Spirit! Thanks so much for sharing your writings such a timely reminder for me. Blessings brother.

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  5. It’s true that Christ could have used His power and did not. I think this prepared Him for what was to come, and your points show us how He was all about God’s glory and living for God, not Himself.


    1. G’day Anna, awesome to receive your msg this morning so thanks, very encouraging. It has been aaaages I know. I am doing pretty good and a lot has been happening. It can be so hard sometimes to find the time to write if one is working full time. So keen to return! Are you doing good?

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