How Jesus resisted temptation

Very simply, he spoke the Word of God directly to Satan … all from the book of Deuteronomy.  With his third temptation while Jesus was still in the desert enduring a 40-day fast, Satan quoted Psalm 91, assuring Jesus God would protect Him.

In effect, Satan said Jesus had no worries, should he give in to one of the temptations. Just listen to him.  “Why, the Scriptures couldn’t be clearer, Jesus!  I love Psalm 91.  It’s one of my favorites.”  Oh yes, the evil one knows the Scriptures, and he’s more than happy to use them against you.

Jesus immediately struck back with more words from Scripture.  There are only four additional words (in addition to the Scripture he quotes) recorded regarding how he responded to Satan’s temptations:  They are in Matthew 4:10:  “Away from me, Satan.”

The book of James puts it this way.  “Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you.” James 4:7-8

Pretty clear, wouldn’t you say?  It is important to know God’s Word and have it in our hearts.  Because “when the devil had finished all this tempting (of Jesus, and of us!), he left him until an opportune time.”

So, how do you resist temptation?

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