“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.’ ” ~ Matthew 4:3-4
From part 1 we saw that Jesus was tested as soon as he was done with the 40 days of fasting.
*Fasting was something that was practiced since the old testament. It was a time/period when someone will deprive themselves of anything that they had, wanted, or had become a habit/routine in their life. This deprivation was a symbol to God that they will sacrifice that particular area in their life in order to seek and connect with him. Now keep in mind there are so many fast out there but according to the Bible, when men and woman fasted that meant they eliminated food and water.
The second important thing to notice in Matthew 4:1-11 but specifically in verses 3-4, is that the enemy attacks immediately!
Immediately the devil will tempt you and test you! He will come with an organized strategy to destroy you. He will acknowledge who you are and let you know that he is aware of your identity. The way He will let you know will be in the way he speaks or sends people your way to speak to you. In verse 3 we see that the devil spoke to Jesus in a very confident tone to confuse Him and distract Jesus from seeing his plan. Here is verse 3 ”The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
How the devil spoke to Jesus, ”If you are the Son of God…”.
How the devil speaks to us and sends people, ”Aren’t you a Christian?”.
They’re both rooted from the same plot! They’re both rooted in confusion. The enemy loves to come and plan attacks against us by confusing us. He likes to demonstrate that he is on our side until he gets us. Once he has us, he exposes himself. He confuses us by making us question our identity!
However, Jesus understood His identity! He knew He was set apart and chosen by God. God prepared Him in the fast to resist and depend on God completely. Jesus allowed himself to be filled with the power of God’s promises. He understood that this was all part of the plan. He understood that the devil was going to test him as far as Jesus allowed him to. Jesus response back to the devil in verse 4, ”Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”.
Watch your mouth when the enemy is in front of you! Your mouth was meant to speak life to those surrounding you! Your mouth was meant to speak the truth and make the enemy flee!!! Don’t get it twisted! Don’t make those surrounding you flee because of the foolishness of your tongue and then speak life to the lies of the enemy. Your authority to kill should only be toward the enemy! How you respond will make the enemy understand that you see his plan and it isn’t going to work! For it is written the victory will always belong to the children of God. For it is written that Jesus died for all of our sins. So we don’t have to live in shame, embarrassment, lies, limits, diseases, uncertainty and etc. It is written that all those who accept the Lord as their only lord and savior, is a new creation. Smack the enemy back the same way Jesus did! He was confident with what God told him and he declared it toward the enemy.
1. Jesus set apart time to fast and connect with God. God set him apart to prepare him to birth his purpose. 40 days and 40 nights fasting! ( This is broken down in part one of the series.)
2. Immediately the devil came to test Jesus. He took advantage of his state since he hadn’t eaten anything or drank anything, for 40 days. He tested Jesus by acknowledging who he was and by trying to confuse him with his identity. He wanted Jesus to test God and his power, to prove he is the son of God. Jesus overcame by declaring the truth toward the enemy.
~ Victoria 💛