SEPTEMBER 24 – 30, 2017
“He said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, jump off, because the Scriptures say, ‘God will command his angels to help you, and their hands will catch you, so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.’” Jesus answered, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”” (Matthew 4:6-7 ERV)
I often wondered whether the temptation of Jesus Christ in the wilderness was physical. I doubt it was physical. I believe Jesus heard those words in his mind, the way the enemy speaks words in our minds to tempt us. Jesus’ living was no different from ours. Just as we are as we think, Jesus was also as He thought. Otherwise He would not have been a bona fide sacrifice for our sins.
We see in the text that when the devil tempted Jesus, Jesus fought him with the information full in Him. His eye was single on the word, so His whole body was full of the word (Matthew 6:22). Jesus fought with the word. When the devil realized Jesus was fighting with the word, he also used the word. Dear Reader, YOU MUST KNOW THE WORD to fight right! Why? Because your opponent knows the word like the back of his hands and will use it against you. If you don’t know the word and the character of the word, you’ll fall for his trap.
Jesus took the time to learn the word. He also spoke it and had conversations on it. The more you speak and have conversations on the word, the more it becomes a part of you. Remember, you produce what you focus on. In putting on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:13-17), the only offensive weapon we have; what we have to fight with, is the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Every other weapon is for us to defend and protect ourselves.
Dear Reader, the team that wins the football match is the one that scores more goals. No matter how many goals they concede, if they score more than their opponents, they emerge the winner. No matter how covered you are, if you do not have the word to fight with, you lose the fight. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, if you have your sword in your hand, you’re still in the game.
Jesus could have said “leave me alone you devil!” No, He spoke the word. He quoted from the scriptures that He had read. The word is powerful, it is sharper than any two edged sword. It can slice in pieces anything that comes against you. You need to use it!! That’s the weapon you fight with.
If you’re going through any situation, you must know what the word says about it. You must go into the Bible to search out scriptures that you can use to fight. This is putting on the whole armour of God. Then you fight by speaking the word in prayer. Speak the word! Let the word do the fighting while you stand. After the fight, you’ll remain standing if you use the word. But if you fight in your strength, that devil will knock you down flat.
Jesus never spoke anything other than “it is written.” Read it! So, if the enemy say’s you are sick, you say “it is written, by His stripes I was healed.” If he says you’ll never be rich, you say, ” it is written, He was made poor so that I through His poverty can be made rich.” If he says you better hide or kill yourself because you will never recover from the shame you have brought yourself, you say “it is written, there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Dear Reader, keep your focus on the word! It is what sustains you. If your eye is single on the word, your life will show forth the results of the word. The word is full of power to do what it says it will do. If you would keep your focus on using the word for your daily living, it will meet all of your needs.
In the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, go for the word! Learn it, speak it and win with it. I declare that its results are evident in your life. In the name of Jesus! Amen! Have an excellent week!