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The Temptations of Jesus in the wilderness-devils character exposed.


Date Posted: 6/11/2012 11:29:10 PM

Posted By: MASYA  Membership Level: Bronze  Total Points: 35

Matthew 4:1-11
The devil does not care about our titles and situations. He will always tempt us as Christians. He did not care that Jesus was the Son of God or that Jesus was spiritually charged having fasted for forty days.
The devil is an opportunist. He takes advantage of our trials and temptations Jesus was hungry after a long session of prayer and fasting Matthew 4:2. He was in the wilderness where there was no food to eat. He needed strength to walk into the town. This provided a very conducive environment for the devil to put Jesus to test. Christians should be keen when they are in any need lest they fall into devils trap thinking they are solving their problem.
He is very cunning. First, he tries to make us doubt who we are. He told Jesus to prove that he really was the Son of God by turning stones into bread- matte 4:3
Then, takes us or exposes us to areas or places where we can see clearly the desires of our heart. However, after showing us what he can offer he proposes a deal that we must serve him directly or indirectly. He has no free gift. He took Jesus to a temple pinnacle and showed him all the riches and goodies of the world and promised to give all to Jesus in Jesus worshiped him. Matthew 4:8-9
Satan knows the word of God- He uses the word of God to tempt us. He used this as a weapon to test Jesus. Matthew 4: 6 and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He

shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. (King James Version)
This is the devil quoting the word of God from the book of psalms 91:11 and accurately and clearly
The devil is defeated by the Word of God-To counter the verses used by the devil; Jesus used the same word of God, which the devil used. When the devil told him to turn stones into bread, Jesus told Him it is written that man shall not live by bread alone. Matthew 4:4
Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, it is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.-King James version
In Matthew 4:10 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” –English standard version
He obeys commands. When Jesus may be got tired of the devils monkey tricks, he commanded him to leave. Jesus did not implore the devil. Mathew 4:11 indicates that the devil having been commanded by Jesus to leave in Matthew 4:10, he had no otherwise but to leave. However, one thing is evident from the whole episode of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness: the devil never gives. I believe that if Jesus did not rebuke the devil, most probably he would have continued with his temptations. This is very vital for Christians. If you overcame the devil some days or a minute ago, don’t brag he is not far. One or three defeats are not enough to scare him away.

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