Know Him: Desert Training
Read Matthew 4:10-11
Then Jesus said to him, "Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
"'You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.'"
Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
When the Deceiver strikes and temptation heats up, Jesus fights back with the perfect offensive weapon: The Sword of the Spirit--God's Word (see Hebrews 4:12). It contains truth, and truth can parry or stab the lies of Satan. It has a keen edge that leads to a deadly point. And as the Lord demonstrates, if wielded well, it can attack the enemy and slay temptation before it has a chance to grow into an overpowering monster.
I can attest to the supernatural power in the Scriptures. The Book of Ephesians lists the things we're to wear when we go into battle against the enemy. Most of the items are defensive. We're given the only offensive weapon we need, "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17). Need help resisting the devil? Is temptation getting the best of you? Follow in our Savior's footsteps.
Lord, help me to resist the devil and to turn away from temptation. Amen. Ask Jesus to protect you from Satan's evil schemes. Ask Him to give you victory over sin.