In a spiritual war, there can be no prisoners. The enemy comes at us with everything that he has and with singleness of purpose–to neutralize our impact, and destroy us forever. Jesus knew that, and, that is why he went into the wilderness, armed and ready for battle. Jesus knew that the entire time that he was on earth; the enemy would be using every battle tactic to defeat him and destroy God’s chance to reclaim the hearts of men.
So as Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness, The enemy hit him with the three biggest sin areas–Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
In each battle, Jesus responded with the one offensive weapon that he possessed; the Word of God! “IT IS WRITTEN!”, “Man shall not live by bread alone!”, “You shall not tempt the Lord Your God!”,”You shall worship God, and Him alone!”–each attack timed to the moment, but then thwarted by our Lord God!
God’s word is also our only real weapon to fight the enemy–against it, he will fall! It is good to to be in fellowship with others in the church, it is good to read books about our faith–BUT, when it comes to spiritual battles–we use the same weapon of faith that our Lord did–“IT IS WRITTEN!” David’s tribute to the law rings true, “Your word, I hide in my heart; so that I will not sin against you!!!” Psalm 119:11. We are at war, it is inevitable that the enemy will attack! So when he does, we, like our Lord, need to unsheathe our weapon and declare–“IT IS WRITTEN!”
God Bless You
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be temptedby the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “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.’”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.