It is in our weakest and most vulnerable areas that we face the greatest temptations and tests. The enemy of our soul is nothing if not smart. He plays up our weaknesses; his onslaughts often pushing us towards destructive tendencies. To think that we are vulnerable enough to be so tempted can leave us berating ourselves both emotionally and spiritually. It is during such times that we need to draw even nearer to God and embrace the truth of His Word to an even greater degree. In Luke 4:1-4, the account of Jesus wilderness temptation brings a healthy perspective to this dilemma...
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”
After 40 days of fasting Jesus’ in his humanity had to be hungry. Satan targeted that weakness. Jesus defeated the temptation through the power of God’s Word and in the strength he had received from the spiritual discipline of fasting. If Jesus could be tempted then I too am susceptible to temptation. “A servant is not greater than his master.” (John 15:20) I am not a lesser Christian because I am tempted. The key to overcoming the devil’s lying, tempting schemes is with truth; standing on the Word instead of entertaining lies. I cannot stop a bird from pitching on my head but you can be sure I won’t let it build a nest in my hair!
Embracing the principles and teachings of the Word daily will strengthen our resolve in testing times. “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:1