Now, the bible says that the Word of God is like a two-edged sword. What soldier goes into battle without their weapon? When we are fighting the devil, we need our weapon, which is the Word of God. In the wilderness, we see how Jesus used the bible scriptures to combat and overcome the devil.
Now, after Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit led Jesus to the wilderness. God knew that the devil would come to tempt Jesus after he fasted. Although Jesus is God’s son, he was in human form and needed the same things humans need physically.
After Jesus had fasted for forty days, he was hungry. The devil saw this an opportunity to tempt Jesus. Knowing Jesus was hungry, the devil told Jesus to turn the stones into bread if he was the son of God. Jesus would not do it. Instead, Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” When Jesus didn’t fall for this trick, the devil took Jesus to the highest point on the temple. Then, the devil told Jesus that if he was really the son of God that he would jump and let the angels catch him. “Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” However, the devil did not want to give up. He took Jesus to the highest mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. Then, he said that he would give all to Jesus if he would bow down and worship him. Jesus would not. Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” After Jesus said this, the devil left. When the devil left, God sent angels to minister to Jesus.
Resource: Matthew 3:13 – 4:11 ESV
- Why do you think Jesus was baptized even though he is the Savior?
- What is fasting and have you fasted before? If yes, why? If no, would you consider it?
- Have you ever been hungry before? What do you do to satisfy your hunger? What if you don’t have what you need? What do you do?
- In this scripture, it talks about being hungry for food. However, you can have a hunger for other things in life. What are some things that you hunger for in life? Why do you hunger for these things? What have you done to get these things?
- The devil tempted Jesus when he was in need/want. This is how the devil tempts us too. How has he tempted you when you needed or wanted something? How did you respond?
- The devil kept saying do this “if you are the son of God”. Why do you think he kept saying the word if? Have you ever heard people say something similar? What was happening and what did you or the other person do?
- How should we respond when someone is tempting us with an “if” phrase?
- Jesus had the power to do the things the devil said. Why do you think Jesus chose not to do those things?
- The devil tempted Jesus three times before he left. Have you ever had someone repeatedly try to get you to do something you should not do? What happened? How did you respond? How did the other person respond?
- What happens if you don’t know what you need to fight the devil?
- Like Jesus, you have the power to fight back the devil (and those being used by him) with the Word of God. How do you feel knowing you have that power?
- After Jesus fought back the devil with the scriptures, God sent angels to help him. Have you ever felt like God sent you help after a difficult situation? What happened?
- For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 ESV
- Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13-17 ESV
- And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3 ESV
- You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah. Deuteronomy 6:16 ESV
- It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. Deuteronomy 6:13 ESV
- The enemy will come like a flood when you are in need or want something that seems out of reach. Watch for him and ready yourself to fight back.
- If you have the proper weapon (the Word of God) and know how to use it, you can win your battle.
- God will send you what you need. Hold out until the battle is over.
Prayer: Father God, battles rage in our lives, but we thank you for giving us an example of how we can overcome and win. When we lean on you and your word, we will win. When we need it, bring back to mind the scripture we need to fight back. If we don’t have the scripture in us and a battle is coming, give the word to us, so we are ready to fight. We thank you and praise you in advance for our battle wins. In your son Jesus’s name, we pray. Amen.
Comment: What scripture from the story really stood out to you? What does that scripture mean to you? How will you apply it to your life?