And when He had fasted 40 days and Nights, He was Hungry. Now when the Tempter came to Him, He said “If You are the Son of God, Command that these Stones become Bread”. But He answered and said “It is Written, ‘Man Shall not live by Bread alone, but by Every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God’…. Matthew 4:2-4
These verses shows one of the Temptations that Jesus faced on Earth as a Man.
After Jesus had fasted, He became Hungry. And Devil took the opportunity of Hunger to Tempt Him. We are more prone to Temptation when there is a desire of the Flesh that needs to be satisfied. Hunger is a legitimate desire of the body. Yet we see the Devil using the normal desires of the Body to Tempt Jesus. This is exactly how all humans on Earth are tempted. We are all tempted by the desires in our flesh. Devil will always use what seems appealing to our flesh to Tempt us to Sin. So let us always be on our guard when we see any desire of the body that needs to be Satisfied. Let us always ask ourselves “Could it be Devil making use of this desire to Tempt me to Sin?”
At Jesus baptism, There was a Voice from Heaven which says “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” But the Devil came and I perceive He was saying to Jesus “Do You really think You are the Son of God? Do you think God Loves You? If You are His Son, why would He leave you in this Wilderness to Hunger? God does not Love you Jare!!! What You heard at Your Baptism was not real. It must have been a trick by John the Baptist!!! You are not the Son of God. If You are, Prove it to Me” The First thing Devil seeks to do when He approach us is to make us doubt what God has said and doubt His Love to Us. Do you remember when Devil approached Eve in the garden of Eden? He said “Has God really said You shall not eat from this Tree? Look at how Lovely the Tree is. God must be a Very Wicked God to have prevented You from eating it. He knows that when you eat it, You will become Wise Like Him. And Because He wants to keep You foolish forever, He has stopped You from this Tree!!! Oh God does not Love You”. So Devil we always come to Us to make us doubt what God has said to us. And once He is able to do that, He will conclude that God does not Love Us. For Jesus, it was lack of Food. For Us, the Devil may say “You claim to be the Son of God and He has not given You a Job, admission, a House, a Child, a wife, a husband, Healings… Etc. If God Loves You, He would have done these for You!!”
Command these Stones to become Bread: Once the Devil has successfully makes us Doubt God’s word and His Love, He suggests advice on the matter at Hand. I perceive He was saying to Jesus” You don’t have to wait for God anymore!!! He does not Love You!! Use what You have to get what You need!! Use the Gifts that You have to meet Your need. You don’t have to depend on God anymore, He does not Love You. You don’t need to Pray to Him!!! Command these Stones in your own power to become Bread!!” When You see Your self making Us of the gifts and power that God has given You for the edification of his church for your own personal use and ambition, then know that You are turning Stones to bread. The stones that some Preachers should have used to build an Holy Church for the Lord has been turned into Bread. Congregations that should have been built up to become a wonderful church has been turned to items of profit making.
Jesus responded “It is Written!!” The best way to overcome Temptation is to quote what God has said in His word. Those who don’t have the Habit of studying their Bible make a Lot of Foolish Mistakes. They don’t know that there is a place in God’s word to handle every temptation and trials they face. They lack content and are so shallow in their Speech. Knowing and quoting what God has said in times of Temptations is the Source of power to us. Let us therefore Learn to study and Meditate on the Scriptures to Know what God has said in every situation that we face.
Jesus said “Man Shall not live by Bread alone but by Every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God” God’s will for us is that we live our lives according to what He has said. We are to wait upon God daily to Hear instructions. In fact, we should have a Daily habit of “No Bible study, No Bread”. The Children of Israel will have to gather manna each day to Survive in the wilderness. We also must wait upon God’s word each day to Live on Earth. Jesus was Like “I will rather Die of Hunger than do what My Father has not commanded Me in His word”
Dear Friend, Keep the Desires of Your Bodies on guard. For the Devil make use of what we lack and need to tempt Us. Don’t ever doubt what God has said in His word concerning You. God Loves You with an Everlasting Love. Even while You were still sinners, He died For You. All his commands are out of Love. You may not understand why He has permitted some things to Happen to You But I can guarantee You that it is for Your good. When You stand before God in eternity, You will be so grateful for ALL He did. Don’t ever use the Gift of God for Your personal ambitions and gains. God’s gift is to Edify others and to build them up. Take time to study God’s Word to know what is written. Learn to keep God’s word in Your Heart. This is the sword of the Spirit in times of Temptations. No wonder the Psalmist says ” Thy words have I hidden in my hearts, that I may not Sin against thee(Psalm 119:11).
God bless you.
Have a blessed day.
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