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How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Psalm 119:9-11

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted v by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 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 in their hands

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, It is also written: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 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.

Matthew 4:1-11

Introduction

One of the biggest benefits of having God’s Word as a sword is that it is a weapon against the temptation to sin. In Psalm 119, David tells us very clearly that a key to a life lived on the straight and narrow path is filling our hearts and minds with the Word of God. We see this exemplified in Matthew 4, by Jesus. Jesus is amid a 40-day fast in the desert when Satan comes to Him with temptations. As we study Matthew 4, we see what Jesus’ response to the temptations was and what His weapon of choice was when tempted. We need to remember that when Jesus was tempted He was physically weak. Satan will often not come to us when we are our strongest and most ready to say no to temptation, but when we are most vulnerable.

Prayer

Father God, I quiet my heart and my mind, and I rest in your presence right now. I sit at the foot of the cross, where the shadow of your grace is cast over my heart and my mind. It is only by your grace that I am saved and that I can say no to temptation. Your grace teaches me Your Ways. Speak to me through Your Word, today.

Questions from today’s reading

  • How do we stay pure?
  • What does the Psalmist say they did to not sin?
  • What do you find interesting about the position of Jesus when approached by the enemy?
  • In what way did Jesus respond every time He was tempted?

Applications from today’s reading

  • For us to be equipped with the Sword, we must have it in our hearts.
    • The Psalmist said that before they hid it in their heart, they meditated on it. (Think consume the Word.)
  • In Matthew 4, Jesus set the example of the Word as the Sword (offensive weapon).
    • Before He instructed it, He exemplified it.
  • When you are in a battle, what is the weapon you rely on?
    • According to Ephesians, the Word of God is our only effective weapon.
    • Ask the Lord to show you what weapon you turn to and repent if it’s anything but His Word.
  • Ask the Lord to show you what the battle you struggle with most is.
    • As He reveals it, find scripture to fight it.
    • Remember, Jesus used specific scripture against Satan’s specific attacks.

Prayer

God, thank You for the example You gave us in the life of Jesus of the benefit of being filled with the Word of God. Strengthen me Lord to be a lover of Your word. Help me to be a person who meditates on Your Word, day and night. God, I pray that as I meditate on Your Word, I will be filled up and strengthened to say no to temptation when I am faced with it. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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