Fighting Temptation

But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. -James 1:14 (NKJV) There are two sources of temptation I know of: us and the evil one. Either it is something we are desiring to do or we are being tempted by the devil. James chapter 1 makes it clear that God does not do the tempting, we bring ourselves into it. often this is because we leave doors open in our lives to spirits that would lead us away from God and His will for us into paths that ultimately lead to death– if we don’t deviate from them. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. -James 1:15 (NKJV)

It is unwise to fight Satan or his demons by ourselves with our own “power.” He isn’t omnipotent, but he is certainly more powerful than we are alone. God has given us the tools we need as a result of our faith in Jesus: The Holy Spirit and the Word of God (Scripture). How did Jesus answer Satan when Satan tried tempting Him? let’s see what the Bible says:

Matthew 4:1-11 (NKJV)

Satan Tempts Jesus

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’

and,

‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”[c]

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

What did Jesus say twice in this passage of Scripture? How did He begin His response to the devil? Answer: “It is written.” Our LORD has shown us by His example that we are to speak the Word of God to the devil. The power contained within God-breathed Scripture is too much for the devil and the best tool to use in resisting him.

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