Directions To Victory

Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (Matthew 4:1).

Jesus Christ was tempted just as we are tempted but He did not sin (Hebrews 4:15).  How was that possible?  Some may say it was because He was God, which is true.  But Jesus was not only God, He was also man.  Jesus was 100% God and 100% man.  This was necessary for Jesus to be our perfect sacrifice and our perfect example.  But, how did Jesus overcome temptation?


In this text, Satan approached Jesus with three different temptations.  To each temptation, the answer of Jesus was the same, “It is written…”.  Jesus knew the word of God and lived the word of God.  Jesus knew that the word of God had the answer to defeat Satan.  In our lives, when we are tempted, we must turn to God’s word to be victorious over sin.


In the second temptation Satan told Jesus to cast Himself off a high pinnacle and God would save Him.  Again, the answer of Jesus was, “It is written, thou shalt not tempt the Lord the God” (Matthew 4:7).  God the Father would care for God the Son;  God the Father cares for His children today but we are not to tempt Him.  We know that God is faithful and true to His word because of what He has done in the past.  By knowing what God has done in the past we can know what He will do in the future.  Therefore, by knowing God’s way we can be victorious over sin.


With the third temptation, Satan desired Jesus to fall down and worship him.  Satan promised Jesus the world if He worshipped him.  The third and final time Jesus said, “It is written…”.  Jesus knew the only one He should worship was God the Father.  Jesus also knew that Satan did not have the power to give Him anything worthwhile.  Let us realize what Jesus realized, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thy serve”  (Matthew 4:10).  We must perform God’s worship to be victorious over sin.

Let us purpose in our hearts to follow the example of Jesus Christ so that we will have the proper directions to victory over sin.