Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
Every human being has being tempted in common. Jesus included! (I wrote about how Prayer is our defense against temptation in this post.) It’s significant that Jesus was ‘full of the Holy Spirit.’ We often underestimate our need to be filled with God’s Spirit. We know we want to answer the enemy the way Jesus did, but to do so we must be as He was… filled with the Holy Spirit. Being able to stand up under the pressure and to quote Scripture during times of temptation are signs of being in the Spirit.
Satan attacked Jesus in these ways:
- To fulfill a legitimate physical need in an illegitimate way
- To be in awe of the power and splendor of this world instead of the Creator of this world
- To test God’s faithfulness instead of trust in God’s faithfulness
Think of all the variations that these kind of temptations come to us. The devil is always scheming for our downfall, but we can live in a way that we are aware of his tactics. Paul wrote, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:10-11) That sounds like being filled with the Holy Spirit to me!
In our own strength and wisdom we will yield to the needs and wants of our flesh. We’ll be impressed with the stuff of this world. We’ll easily set up idols and give our devotion to them and not God. Let’s not live in our own strength and wisdom!
Thank you Lord for Your very Presence! Thank you for such grace that I can live in your strength and wisdom.