Luke 4:1-15 - 1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone. The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only 9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test. When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.
In these verses we find Jesus being led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. This was such a crucial moment in Jesus' ministry, as He was preparing to embark on his mission to save humanity. During his time in the wilderness, Jesus fasted for forty days and nights, showing his dedication to seeking God's will. It was at this vulnerable moment that satan approached him, tempting him. To each temptation, Jesus responded with the Word of God, saying, "It is written..." This powerful phrase highlights Jesus' reliance on Scripture and his understanding of its authority. He didn't rely on his own strength or wisdom but instead relied on the truth of God's Word. After the devil left him, Jesus returned to Galilee filled with the Holy Spirit's power. He began his teaching in synagogues and performing miracles, demonstrating his authority over sickness, demons, and even death. Jesus' victory over temptation was a testimony to his divine nature and his complete obedience to God.
This story teaches us several valuable lessons. Firstly, it reminds us of the power of God's Word in our lives. Just as Jesus relied on Scripture to combat the devil's temptations, we too can find strength, guidance, and wisdom in the Bible when faced with challenges. It's a reminder to immerse ourselves in God's Word and allow it to shape our thoughts and actions. Secondly, we see that Jesus' victory over temptation wasn't based on his own strength but on his dependence on God. Likewise, we can overcome any temptation or trial when we lean on God and trust in His power working within us. Lastly, Jesus' experience in the wilderness teaches us that even in our weakest moments, God's Spirit empowers us to do extraordinary things. When we yield to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to work in and through us, we can get through anything.
God as we go through the rest of these 21 days my prayer is that you would fill our hearts and mind with your word, that when the enemy tries to distract us that we would answer back with the word of God. Lord God I pray that we will seek you and seek to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit because when you do, we will see the miracles happen, we will see the answered prayers and we will have victory. Amen.