“But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ” Luke 4:4

Immediately following His baptism, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to the wilderness where after fasting for 40 days He was tempted by satan. Isn’t it curious that we are often tempted with our weakness at the right time? That is because the enemy knows us and is lurking in the darkness like a beast waiting for the opportunity to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8). In this passage Jesus is showing us how to defeat our adversary the devil. Please notice that Jesus did not fight him directly, nor called angels from heaven to defend Him, but simply quoted the word of God. Jesus used the scriptures as a weapon, a sword that Satan could not defeat. The Lord shockingly stated in Matthew 10:34 that He had come down to this world not to bring peace, but a sword. Think about it! The “sword” to defeat satan is the very words that Jesus spoke, and the prophets wrote. There is no coincidence that in Revelation 1:16 the apostle John described in his vision seeing the Lord as a being brighter than the sun, and with a sharp two-edged sword coming out of His mouth. We ought to realize that if we want to defend ourselves from the evil one, we need to know the word and stay in prayer.

Let’s follow Jesus’s example, and let us face temptation every time with the words of our Bible.

- Written by Ray Angulo