Patricia Ann, Originally posted Friday, May 10, 2019
Temptation in the desert...Do you know Whose you are? Matthew 4:1-11
It just happens to be that we all have been in desert places in our life. Sometimes, we end up in the desert totally by accident, but sometimes isn't it because we just choose to reside there? We get caught up in circumstances and thought patterns and suddenly we don't truly realize that there is a way out. It is a trap for sure, placed before us by the enemy of our God, our Creator. It is written that this enemy surely seeks to kill, steal, and destroy the essence of Who we are, Whose we are created to be. This enemy has set out to destroy our walk with God.
Matthew Chapter 4 tells us of the desert experience of Jesus and how Jesus resisted and overcame the enemy by simply speaking His Father's words.
Jesus faces temptation alone in the desert.
4:1-2 - Then Jesus was led by the Spirit up into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. After a fast of forty days and nights he was very hungry.
4:3 - "If you really are the Son of God," said the tempter, coming to him, "tell these stones to turn into loaves."
4:4 - Jesus answered, "The scripture says 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God'."
4:5-6 - Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the highest ledge of the Temple. "If you really are the Son of God," he said, "Throw yourself down. For the scripture says - 'He shall give his angels charge concerning you,' and 'In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone'."
4:7 - "Yes," retorted Jesus, "and the scripture also says, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God'."
4:8-9 - Once again the devil took him to a very high mountain, and from there showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their magnificence. "Everything there I will give you," he said to him, "if you will fall down and worship me."
4:10 - "Away with you, Satan!" replied Jesus, "the scripture says, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only
you shall serve'."
4:11 - Then the devil let him alone, and the angels came to him and took care of him.
We all have been in desert places in our life. May we not choose to reside there. Refuse to get caught up in circumstances and thought patterns of the enemy and truly realize that there is a way out. As children of God, we are
not to reside in traps placed before us by the enemy of our Lord. We have authority through the written word of
Jesus Christ! As our enemy surely seeks to kill, steal, and destroy the essence of Whose we are and Who we are created to be... we must take a stand and do what we see Jesus did in Matthew 4.
When we find ourselves in a desert place and temptation arises or circumstances seek to entrap us... we can and must declare just as Jesus did "It is written" and declare the truth of Whose we are and the authority we have through the love of Jesus Christ who is God, the Creator and the Holy Spirit, our Comforter.
Love and Blessings to all in Jesus precious name. Amen
Pray this prayer of salvation and begin to walk in the power and authority of Jesus Christ today.
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I will trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Thank you Jesus. Amen