Why do you think the taunting of the devil did not sidetrack Jesus?

Remember when Jesus was here on earth? He came just as we did and was subject to all we are in this flesh.

The devil has always been a liar and that from the beginning. He is on his job of destruction. Our weaknesses are a target the enemy uses as an inroad for demise for all souls.

In Matthew 4, Jesus was fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. “Sidenote,” as my deemed mentor often says, fasting tends to be a sacrifice most no longer employ. So may I assure you from experiences, in this flesh, after 3 to 5 days without food or water, you are physically weaker.

The enemy tried to tempt Christ to appease the hunger He, no doubt, intensely felt. The devil further tempted Him with authority, fame, and glory. So why was not Jesus, even in that weakened condition, never moved by the magnanimous lures of the enemy? Not just because He is God, but because He was was a man convinced Who God is; therefore, He was not impressed by what the enemy had to offer.

The Just living by faith isn’t a fearful loathsome position but confidence due to the promises of God. They are trusting that nothing can separate them from the Love of God. His strength gives even when they have no might. There is nothing to impress the faithful Just with.

What has the enemy, that man has not given him? The Almighty God is their shield. The Lord is Their Shepherd, the Rock of their Salvation. He’s their Delight, and their heart’s desire is given. His way is committed to them, and with God for them, who can be against them?

When the enemy promises you anything, remember what he is and has and does – ungodliness. You were born by nature slaves to sin and satan; once walking in trespasses according to the course of the world and disobedience to God, assured everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.

The enemy talks a good game, but everything he offers has a price tag that is too high – a price no soul can afford to pay. His gifts are empty and worthless. Each soul’s lust brings sin, and sin brings death. But every good and perfect gift is from above and cometh down from God with whom there is no variableness nor shadow of turning.

Christ was not impressed with what the enemy suggested and offered. Nothing in Him was akin to the enemy or his kingdom. He knew The Father is all and all, and able to keep you from falling, presenting each of us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. Now that’s impressive, can we agree on that?

 

Scripture references: Eph. 2:2 Matt. 25:11 Rev.22:11