Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 4
Verse of the Day: Matthew 4:16 – “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”
Right after His submission to the Father in baptism, Jesus was faced with the temptations of Satan. Great spiritual victories are often followed by testing. The word used here peirázō in the Greek means ‘to try or make proof of.” It carries the negative context of “to entice, solicit or provoke to sin.”
The Holy Spirit led Jesus into this temptation. Why? Many believe it was to show us that He was incapable of sin. Some believe it was to instruct us on how to defeat temptation in our lives. Jesus responded to each of the schemes of the tempter by quoting Scripture from Deuteronomy. We can have victory over the temptations in our lives today by memorizing and applying God’s Word when needed. Satan hates it when we stand upon the Word of God – so – make him mad and stand today.
Prayer: Jesus, guard my heart through Your Word today. Help me defeat Satan. Amen.