After being declared the Son of God, Jesus was tempted by the wiles of the devil. The devil is called the tempter because his work is to tempt man to sin against God. He showed up in the wilderness where Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit. He appeared in a visible form, and he spoke with an audible voice.
“If thou be the Son of God,” he said, which is followed by a command. His intent was to plant a seed of doubt into the mind of Christ. He wanted Jesus to doubt His Divine Sonship.
I have provided a list of 5 important rules that will assist you when facing temptation from satan.
Rule #1 – Know who you are in Christ, and know who you belong to.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light, (1 Peter 2:9 KJV).
Next, the devil observed Jesus’ outward appearance and decided that after 40 days and nights Jesus must be hungry. After all, he is just a man in flesh. “If thou be the Son of God, command this stone to be bread,” he said. Just as he tempted Eve with the forbidden fruit, satan tried the same trickery, only this time he used bread. Eve took the bait. She submitted to the devil therefore, she sinned against God.
Rule #2 – You must submit to God first!
Submit only to God, resist the devil and he will flee (James 4:7).
He then took Jesus to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point. “If you are the Son of God throw yourself down.” In other words satan was tempting Jesus to jump from the clift to see if God will command his angels, (Ps.91:11). Jesus replied, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Here satan tested Jesus’ faith intending to plant a seed of doubt and fear.
Rule #3 – God is forever faithful; all of His promises are true.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Ps. 3:5-6 KJV).
Finally, satan took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you. If you bow down and worship me,” He said. Jesus replied, “Away from me satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.” Again satan tempted Jesus with wordly things. He offered to give the Him what was already His!
Rule #4 – Take your needs to God in prayer. He invites us to ask anything that is according to His will.
There are only a few who decidedly resists the bait of satan. Don’t be moved by material things.
“But what does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul?” (Mark 8:36; Matt. 16:26)
Rule #5 – Know yourself, your God given authority and the power that you possess.
All that is in the world, lust of the flesh, the eye, and pride. These are not of God, but of the world. (1 John 2:16 KJV).
“Lust of the flesh” (craving for sensual gratification).
“Lust of the eyes” (greedy longings of the mind).
“The pride of life” (assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things).
In conclusion, Jesus answered all of the temptations of satan with the written Word of God. By doing so, He set an example for believers to follow. The battle is not against flesh and blood. Our weapons are not carnal, but mighty for the pulling down of strongholds. The battle is spiritual, therefore, know the Word of God for yourself and quote it. Most of all never doubt your identity in Christ.
(Scripture Reference: Matthew Chapter 4:1-11)
Stand strong and use your words wisely!