SATAN ASSAULTS JESUS! We think Jesus and His followers are under assault in our society today, and they are, but the truth is Satan has been at that work for a long time. The Bible, in Matthew 4:1-11, gives great insight into Satan’s assault on the incarnated Jesus, Jesus’ response, and a picture of the glorious Savior we serve. If Satan would assault Jesus by trying to tempt Him with all the pleasures of this earthly life then we can be assured Satan will also try to tempt us as well. The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life are also around to tempt us. And Jesus by example stresses that our response to Satan’s temptations is not to rely on our own human resources but rather on God’s resources and answers found in His Word, the Bible. As Jesus says, “it is written,” He reveals to us that defeat of Satan in our lives will come from knowing the Scriptures and applying its principles. That is something every Disciple of Jesus can do. It is when we fail to apply what we know or should know that Satan is able to overtake us. But just as Jesus prevailed in temptation so can we. This is a good reason to study the Word of God so that we will be equipped to defeat temptation whether it comes from within or without.
Temptation may also bring suffering with it but let us remember that Jesus also suffered during His time of temptation and He is able to help us during our times of temptation, “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted,” (Hebrews 2:18 NIV). But one may often think that their temptation is so different from others, in fact even different than what Jesus endured. This is a lie of Satan and needs to be recognized and dealt with. God Word says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will provide the way out so that you can endure it,” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV). You may be assaulted and tempted by the forces of evil at any time but be encouraged that you can be victorious in temptation, “because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world,” (1 John 4:4 NIV).