Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'” 11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
Jesus spent 40 days and nights in the wilderness. After fasting for such a long time, he was obviously hungry. Satan uses this opportunity of vulnerability to tempt Jesus three different times. With each temptation, Jesus answers him with the Word of God, however, Satan is persistent. Finally, Jesus declares God’s truth and Satan flees.
Satan tries to do the same with us. In the moments where we are most vulnerable, Satan tempts us to step out of God’s will and reach for something else. Like a fish being tempted with bait, we are lured away from God, not realizing we are heading into danger.
If we, like Jesus, keep our focus on the Father, and use His word as our weapon—Satan will flee! As children of God, we’ve been given spiritual authority and therefore, accessing God’s power through His Word can change the trajectory of our day and ultimately our lives.
Let it not be lost on us that after Satan left, the angels came. If we stop entertaining Satan and his temptations, there will be room for God to come in work in us and through us. He wants full access to our hearts so He can heal and renew the spaces that are so easily filled with a “quick fix” bait.
James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Friends, we must arm ourselves with the Word and with the authority given to us. Tell Satan to be gone, and he has to leave!
- In what areas or what times am I most vulnerable to Satan’s temptations?
- What truth in God’s Word can I arm myself with for those moments? Who can I ask to support me in these efforts and hold me accountable?
Soul Care Practice
Become aware of God’s loving presence and imagine Jesus saying these words to you: “Be Gone, Satan!” Talk with Jesus about any thoughts, reflections, challenges, and emotions that come up within you. How can you embody these words and follow Christ in your home, neighborhood, and workplace?
Read Jesus’ words again slowly: “Be Gone, Satan!” How did these words shape and guide you today? Pray your thoughts, desires, needs, struggles, and joys from today. As you go to bed, rest in God’s presence.
“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” (Psalm 130:5)
Written by LaRosa Tate, Co-Founder of Fellowship Church and Co-Lead of Fellowship Moms, Women Are, and Girls Are.