Bible Text=> Matthew 4:1-11
A close look at the temptation of Jesus makes me wonder how man can overcome them because any man would cheaply fall for them.
Christ was hungry, in dire need of food. There was an offer, “turn these stones to bread, it’s what you can do because you’re the son of God”.
The devil is subtle. He [first] came up with what man can fall cheaply for. And that’s what he’s still doing to Christians daily!
While He [Jesus] turned water to wine, He didn’t turn a stone to bread. This is because He recognised when “turning of things” is needed. He was able to achieve this because;
i. He was Spirit-filled: He understood the fact that ANYTHING from the devil is fake. Of course, it’s not a crime to do that, but devil made it a crime. Devil devised the idea and anything from the devil is a no-no for Christians. It’s dangerous to say yes to devil’s proposal no matter how real it may be. It’s specious. Beware! That’s why we must walk in the Spirit as the Spirit admonished us in Galatians 5:16,
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
One day, I was faced with two options. Both are correct in some way as they are what we must use as Christians, but the application was required. I asked the Spirit to help me, and He answered. He countered the one I would have picked ordinarily. He helped me to discern the camouflaged. He taught me why it was wrong [at that point in time] after I overcame just as the angels ministered to Jesus after He overcame.
Jesus turned water to wine because He was instructed by God to do so but didn’t turn stone to bread because it was the devil’s order.
ii. He knew God’s Word and applied it well: Memorizing the Word of God will help in overcoming temptations as it will give the boldness to stand. Reading, studying and meditating are prerequisites for this. How can one pass an examination without studying? Temptation is the examination which needs studying and correct application in order to pass.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
iii. He fasted and prayed: Some things cannot happen until they are drawn by prayer and fasting. Likewise we might not overcome some temptations unless we fast and pray. Fasting did not only help Jesus in overcoming temptations but also helped him in fulfilling destiny. You need it.
“Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21).