“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
Matthew 4:4 NIV
Jesus was hungry and weak after fasting for 40 days, but he chose not to use his divine power to satisfy his natural desire for food. Food, hunger, and eating are good, but the timing was wrong. Jesus was in the wilderness to fast, not to eat. And because Jesus had given up the unlimited, independent use of his divine power to experience humanity fully, he wouldn’t use his power to change the stones to bread. We also may be tempted to satisfy an entirely normal desire in a wrong way or at the wrong time. If we indulge in sex before marriage or if we steal to get food, we are trying to satisfy God-given desires in wrong ways. Remember, many of your desires are normal and good, but God wants you to satisfy them in the right way and at the right time.
Jesus was able to resist all of the devil’s temptations because he not only knew Scripture, but he also obeyed it. Ephesians 6:17 says that God’s Word is a sword to use in spiritual combat. Knowing Bible verses is a significant step in helping us resist the devil’s attacks, but we must also obey the Bible. Note that Satan had memorized Scripture, but he failed to obey it. Knowing and obeying the Bible helps us follow God’s desires rather than the devil’s. (Tyndal Study Bible)
What I have learnt in the last while is there is a solution to all our cares in the Bible. For a long time, I wondered how to overcome sinful behaviour. Empower yourself with scripture. As the commentator says, above.
Experience has taught me, we all know in which area our weaknesses are. Identify them. Doing that has a two-fold effect. Firstly when you acknowledge a weakness, you are halfway there in the cure. It’s like saying you sorry and you won’t do it again. Secondly, you now know what to guard against and fix. It’s like admitting you have a weight problem, then creating a plan to rectify it. The scripture that I live by is John 8:32 NLT- “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Important here is to read this in context. The preceding verse – 31 “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.” By my teachings, Jesus was referring to the Word of God the Bible. How powerful is that?
You see if you are like me then you won’t remember everything at once. So I suggest remembering key verses to help you overcome the daily challenges we face. We can spend hours exploring the verses for each challenge. I suggest each of us make our list. There is even scripture that can assist us in motivation at work.
“Lord as I explore Your Word, reveal to me that will suit my challenges. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.”