READ: Matthew 4:1-11
As you take this daily walk with Christ you’ll discover that although Jesus was human, he was also divine (meaning he was God). This is both difficult to figure out and exciting to comprehend.
As you just read, his human life wasn’t without temptation. He got the royal treatment from the King of Liars. But, unlike Adam and Eve’s first encounter and temptation with Satan, Jesus won! Because he won, we can also win over temptation if we use the same tools Jesus did. Notice Jesus didn’t use his supernatural powers (although he could have—remember he was divine) but he used what is available to us today. He used:
(a) The power of the Holy Spirit (verse 1), and
(b) God’s Word (“It is written”).
These are available to us today! If you are a Christian you have been given the Holy Spirit—God within you. Ask for God’s help during times of temptation. He wants you to win. Also, as you read God’s Word you will learn some promises from God that you can use to counteract temptation.
The more you grow in your faith, the more you will be tempted. If your life isn’t being lived for God, you’re no threat to Satan’s work. But, when you put God first and walk his way you will threaten the enemy and you can guarantee the door to temptation will fly open. Because Jesus defeated Satan, he became a walking example to every human past, present, and future that He is the ultimate conqueror. If that doesn’t get you excited you may be dead!