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Weapon Against Temptation
 

Q: Why is America the most powerful nation in the world? Because they have the ultimate weapon, the nuclear technology.

Q: Why are the Americans so confident? Because they know how and when to use their weapons and they are thoroughly equipped with the latest technology in the field of robotics – space technology – weapon technology – computers – management and medicine.

If we see today there are no nations who would like to war or threat against America, for the soul reason being their nuclear capability.

Matthew 4:1-11
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
3 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."
4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.
6 "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: "'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"
7 Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
9 "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."
10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.


Here we see that Jesus after his baptism decided to fast for forty days and nights, we also see that Satan the tempter comes to attack Jesus.

The tempter even dared to come near the Son of God. Jesus to tempt him.

Why did Satan want to tempt Jesus? Because Satan wanted to make Jesus discouraged (Guilty)

Why did Satan say to Jesus "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread”? Satan was very crafty. He exactly knew that Jesus was fasting alone in the desert and definitely Jesus was very hungry.

Have you ever fasted in your life?

How do you feel when someone is having a nice tandoori chicken or rasmalai in front of you? I am sure we all are tempted to eat and many times it happens when we see the food, we get spaced out and crank on the food.

We see in Vs 4, Jesus attacked the tempter by the Word of God. He said it is written man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Jesus referred from Deuteronomy 8:3.

Deuteronomy 8:3
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

We see in Vs 6 and 8, Satan again tempted Jesus by giving a good offer and showing the kingdom of the world from the high mountain, but what we see in Vs 7 and 10, Jesus again with conviction and full faith attacked and retaliated Satan quoting the Word of God.

Here we see Jesus knew his weapon the Word of God. He remembered the readings of the weapon the scriptures. He had mastered the Word. He confidently attacked the Satan who eventually left him for some time and the angels came to attend Jesus.

Conclusion

The same way today we are so privileged that we have the weapon the Word of God. So make some time to study the Bible with the person who invited you so that you can know the Word of God and use it to fight against Satan.