Nov. 22, 2017
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, was in the wilderness for 40 days with nothing to eat . The devil tried to tempt Him over and over. The Bible gave us three examples out of all the temptations. The first temptation was the devil asked Him to turn stones into bread. Jesus refused and quote a word of God from Deuteronomy 8:3. The second temptation was the devil showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and glory that came along with them. The devil would give them all to Jesus if only Jesus would bow down to him. Again, Jesus refused by quoting a word of God from Deuteronomy 6:13. The last temptation was the devil told Jesus to fall off the cliff, so God would send His angels to save Him. One last time Jesus resisted the devil's temptation, he quoted a word of God from Deuteronomy 6:16. After that, the devil took off from Him and waited for a better time to tempt Him.
None of us are exceptions from the devil's temptations. He wants us to fall into sin all the time whether we realize it or not. He wants us to stay away from the life God has planned for us. For example, when we don't feel guilty living a life full of sins and don't feel the need of repentance, we are far away from God. Also, the devil has succeeded when we let our own lust, wrath, envy or pride take over our body.
We can learn from Jesus. He was able to resist the devil's temptation easily. How did he do it? It's because He was really close to God. He was in the wilderness, full of the Holy Spirit. His mind was filled with the word of God. It tells us that Jesus spent most of His time talking with God and listening to God.
Then how about us? Soon after Jesus died on the cross, washing clean our sins, He sent the Holy Spirit throughout the world. It means that the Holy Spirit is with all of us. The Holy Spirit is guiding all of us on God's path every day. The more intimate we are with God, the more we are filled with the Holy Spirit. We can be more intimate by meditating on His word and talked to Him through prayer daily. Then we can resist the devil's temptation easily. That way we will never be off track from God's path because His path leads to the best for us.