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.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
I absolutely love these verses. You see Jesus was tempted with everything we are tempted with. Lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and pride of life. Every temptation we face today, He faced then. We can never say He doesn't understand. We can never say He doesn't know what it's like. He does! He faced it by the devil, just as we do.
This gives me such hope and encouragement. When we are tempted, Jesus understands so that we can run to Him for strength to fight the enemy! We are never alone in our temptation.
What is the enemy tempting you with today? Cigarettes when you are trying to quit? Junk food when you are trying to eat healthy? The understanding and smooth words of someone other than your spouse? Whatever your temptation is, run to Jesus. Let Him give you the strength you need to kick the enemy to the curb!
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