When Jesus was tempted by satan He is recorded as quoting scripture.
“And the tempter came and said to Him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’ But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God’.” -Matthew 4:3-4
Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3. This scripture comes from the story of Moses while he was leading the people through the wilderness. While they were hungry and complaining God provided manna from heaven to teach the people a lesson.
“He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” -Deuteronomy 8:3
The Word is God breathed, living-truth and it was left to us through the prophets and people God used. Every day satan tempts us through thoughts; thoughts that are meant to destroy our calling. Can you imagine if Jesus had given into the lies satan was telling Him, He might have never reached the calling God had set before Him to accomplish. Thankfully Jesus was wise in the Word.
“Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is also written: Do not put the Lord your God to the test’.” -Matthew 5:5-7
In Revelations 12:7-9 we are told satan would be cast out of heaven with all of his angles. You don’t get followers like “angles” without being smart in the art of deception. And his smart deception was given its best go on Jesus when he tried to use scripture against Him.
Satan quoted scripture from Psalm 91: 11-12. He knew that Jesus’ dwelling place was the Most High God and that no harm would befall him as long as He dwelled in that truth. Yet, he was still allowed to tempt Jesus. If Jesus had given into the temptation he would have fallen out of that dwelling place but Jesus remained firm in the truth of the Word of God and quoted scripture back to him from Deuteronomy 6:16.
“Fear the Lord your God, serve Him only and take your oaths in His name. Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. Do not test the Lord your God as you did at Massah.” -Deuteronomy 6: 13-16
In the scripture above, God is preparing His people for the land He is about to give them, but there are many important lessons they need to learn. A major one, one that Jesus firmly represented during His testing under satan, was dwelling under God’s protection. We do this by fearing and serving only God, knowing His commands, and obeying them. Satan was incredibly deceptive here. He twisted the Word to try to get Jesus to step out from under that protection, but Jesus knew He didn’t have to test the goodness of the Father.
What satan was doing was trying to use what Jesus knew to deceive Him into sinning against God. If he could deceive Him then he stood a chance of winning. If the devil cant tempt you then he is going to try deceiving you into moving off the firm foundation of truth. Don’t give into him, his lies are there to try to destroy the calling God has placed over your life, just as he tried to do with Jesus and His calling.
“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'” -Matthew 5:8-12
When satan couldn’t tempt or deceive Jesus he tried to bribe Him out of His calling. And Jesus responded with scripture from Deuteronomy 6:13.
“Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” – Deuteronomy. 6:13
If you have stood strong this long against his temptation and his deception, most likely satan has moved on to trying to bribe you. Look at this-worldly treasure…don’t you want to be popular, have people like you, get invited to all the social events they do…if you just do this one disobedient thing all this could be yours, you would finally fit in! In that moment you could make a decision that would trade the call God has over you (which will one day bring popularity without compromise) and into a deceptive life of compromising over and over again, no longer under Gods’ protection and increase, but headed away from all the blessing God had in store for you.
This doesn’t happen in the physical like it did for Jesus, it happens in our minds and hearts. So how do we set satan to flight and take back the battle ground of our minds?
The simple answer, the same way Jesus did! Through the Word of God! Every time satan tells you you’re not beautiful, handsome, or well made….the Scripture tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Maybe he is telling you your not smart enough, then tell him that your mouth utters wisdom and your tongue speaks what is just (Psalm 37:30). Whatever lies and deception satan is trying to bring against you, find the scripture to rebuttal it and being speaking it out loud every time that lie pops into your head or heart again! The devil will try again and again to destroy the hope that is in you, the call God has over your life, but you keep the living Word of God close to your heart and always on your lips and God’s promises will begin to flourish in your life and blessings will begin to flow over you. The devil will stop telling you those lies because he will have lost the battle ground of your mind, your will, and your emotions!
Find the scripture that sets the truth free in your mind! It won’t be a one time fix, remember, satan came to Jesus over and over again. However, Jesus stood strong not he Word of His Father and WE CAN TOO!!
FOR EVERY LIE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN FIND THE TRUTH IN THE WORD OF GOD