Topic: You Will Be Tested [TREM Devotional 17 September 2020]
“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” Matthew 4:1 KJV
Jesus was tested to know whether He will live by the Word or by what the devil says. Whether you are going to live by my word or what the devil said. Deuteronomy 8:3 declares: “…man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live” (KJV) This particular scripture has already been in existence before Jesus came. But in Matthew chapter 4, Jesus was tested with this passage of the bible.
According to our text today, Jesus was led of the Spirit into the wilderness. The wilderness is a place where you don’t see anything or anybody around. You are all alone. The wilderness is usually not a comfortable experience. It is a situation where everything is dry. That was where Jesus was led to be tempted of the devil. “And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred ” (Matthew 4:2 KJV)
There is no graduation from fasting. Don’t ever think that anytime you fast you will not feel hungry. There is nothing like you see I am a specialist in fasting unless you didn’t call it fasting. For instance, you may not eat the whole day and it won’t be issue. But once a fast is called, you wake up hungry.
You see, you cannot call something a temptation if there is no occasion for you and possibility of you doing that thing that you are tempted with. Until there is a possibility that you can do it but somehow because of the grace of God, you say no, you can’t call it temptation. Temptation is something coming against you and there is a possibility to fall for it. Jesus was faced with a possibility. Why? Because He was hungry! He had completed His fast and so the next thing to do naturally is to eat. The devil now came and said now this is my time and my right moment to hit this man. You will not fall in the days of adversity In Jesus’ name. The strength of God is available to you to overcome every temptation and stay victorious.
Further Reading: Matthew 4:1-11
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Proverbs 27-29; Evening- 2 Corinthians 10
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.
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