Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written:‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. ’”
The devil tried to tempt Jesus into worshiping him and to get Jesus out of the will of God. Now the devil was bold enough to step to Jesus and tempt Him, so don’t think he won’t come into your life and reek havoc. The devil started out by tempting Jesus through His hunger. The devil said; “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” This teaches us that Satan will tempt us through our need. Everybody has to eat and Jesus fasted for forty days, He didn’t eat for forty days. So the enemy tried tempting Jesus through a need.
We should always know that whatever need we have the devil will tempt us using that need. But Jesus supplies our needs. So if you have a need for money, watch and pray because you might be tempted to do something illegal or immoral to get it. If we lust for something or someone, temptation will definitely come in through our lust.
And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. – James 1:13-15
Jesus wasn’t lusting for food, but He was hungry. So the devil tempted Him with turning stones into bread. We know Jesus could have did just that. Picture this. The stones in that area were rounded, so were the loaves of bread of that day. So the devil appears to plant a thought of satisfying that need in Jesus’ mind.
Jesus has shown us through this passage and throughout the Temptation In The Wilderness that we need to be able to verbalize what is written in the holy bible:
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. – Matthew 4:4 (KJV)
Jesus has set the standard on resisting temptation. It’s quite simple. Know what’s in the scriptures because whatever we’re faced with, Jesus has already been there and been tempted with it. But He overcame by first keeping His focus on the Father’s will, and second, knowing what to say to defeat Satan. This battle isn’t against a physical being, but it is against a spiritual being that has been around for thousands of years (Ephesians 6:12). You can’t defeat Satan on your own. You need Jesus and His words to claim victory.
Lord I pray that anyone who reads this will be helped and they ask for guidance through the rugged wilderness we’re in. Teach us how to overcome the many temptations in this world that are designed to draw us away from you and into the destructive clutches of our adversary. In Jesus’ name…Amen