Luke 4:1-4, “Then Jesus returned from the Jordan, full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for 40 days to be tempted by the Devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over, He was hungry. The Devil said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.’ But Jesus answered him, ‘It is written: Man must not live on bread alone.’”
When Jesus walked among us, He had an enemy who relentlessly pursued him. Satan attacked Jesus at His weakest moments; and in defending himself, Jesus left us a powerful example. Jesus, the author of all Scripture, knew the power of the Word of God. The written Word of God has the power to defeat your enemy. Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart.”
With this truth in mind, I have to ask you: Where is God’s Word? Is it collecting dust on the bookshelf? Is it waiting for you on your nightstand? Is it on your iPhone? Or is it written on the pages of your heart? I’m pretty sure that Jesus did not take the Old Testament scrolls with Him into the dessert that day. I’m pretty sure He didn’t say, “Hold on, Satan, I’ve got to look something up. I know that verse is here somewhere.” No, Jesus had the Word of God on the tip of His tongue.
Now if you are arguing that Jesus is God, so He had it a little easier than we do; then I’ll have to give you another argument. Jesus was 100% God, and He was also 100% man. At some point during His childhood, He had to hear the Word of God, recognize it as truth, and commit it to memory. Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.”
The truth is that Jesus put some effort and preparation into His encounter with Satan – forty days of fasting and prayer was only part of that preparation. If the Son of God required this kind of effort to defeat Satan in His life, what kind of effort am I going to need? What kind of effort are you going to need? How are you going to prepare for your battle?
It is time to pull out the Word of God and read it like it matters. It is time to find those verses that pump strength into your weary spirit and start memorizing them. It is time to find those nuggets of truth that set you free from sin and hang on to them with all your strength. It is time to write God’s Word on the pages of your heart so you will have them ready when it matters most.
Is Satan discouraging you? Allow God’s Word to encourage your heart. Is Satan distracting you? Allow God’s Word to focus your attention on things that matter. Is Satan deceiving you? Allow God’s Word to show you the truth of your situation. Allow it today, and tomorrow, and every day thereafter until you find yourself face to face with your Savior in eternity!
May God’s grace, mercy, and peace fall on you today.