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Luke 4

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness. Luke 4:1

My fellow warriors, by now in this Christian walk you have realized that we have a real enemy and his name is, Satan. In Ephesians 6:12 we are told that “we do not battle against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places,” aka Satan and his demons. Today’s chapter heading starts out with the title The Temptation of Jesus and we are given a glimpse of this exchange between Satan and our victorious Savior. The devil tries in his best to trip up Jesus and twist the scriptures to manipulate Him to do as he wishes. But here we see the proven plan of attack in how to defend ourselves against the wiles and tricks of the devil. Our Commander defeats the enemy with the TRUTH of God’s Word and in the full functioning of the Holy Spirit.

 

You see, the devil loves to twist the word of God. This was his ploy in the garden of Eden and it worked so well with Eve. His M.O. has been and will always be for us to question the truth of what God tells us in our hearts and in His Holy Word. We combat his twisted lies by delving into the scriptures, studying them for ourselves, and committing them to memory. That way we are prepared for when he does try to warp God’s Word. We will be able to recognize it immediately and extinguish those fiery darts. In John 8:44, Jesus tells us exactly who Satan is, “he is a liar and the father of lies.” When the enemy starts to drip his poison in your ear you need to recognize it immediately, and combat against him with the truth that is only found in the Bible.

Here are your orders.

  • Study God’s Word (1 Peter 3:15)
  • Memorize His Scriptures (Deuteronomy 11:18)
  • Hide His Commands in your heart (Psalm 119:11).

In doing this you will always stand ready to engage in battle and defeat the enemy when he attacks.

The other weapon we have, and I dare say is the most underrated, underappreciated weapon that our Commander has given us, is the Holy Spirit of God. In the verse above, we are told that Jesus was “full of the Holy Spirit”. Satan in his naivety thought that this was his opportunity to sway Jesus from His God given mission by appealing to his weakened flesh. Notice he tempted Jesus physically, emotionally and challenged His humility. But he was ignorant in forgetting who he was engaging with. He was impotently attempting to battle, with twisted scriptures and lies, Jesus Christ the physical embodiment of God’s Word (John 1:1) And as if that were not enough, he did not recognize that Jesus was “full of the Holy Spirit”. Satan did not stand a chance. Christian, we have the very same weapons available to us! Why don’t we value them and use them against our foe? Are we deceived by Satan because he knows that this is how we defeat him? Let us vow today to study our craft, familiarize ourselves with our artillery and annihilate our enemy with the weapons given to us and modeled by our Warrior King.  

LZ