(1) Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. (2) And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. (3) And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (4) But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:1-4 KJV)
I remember the excitement of the revelation that the Holy Spirit revealed to me a few years ago. About Jesus being led up in the spirit to the wilderness. The Holy Spirit revealed that Jesus wasn’t there physically, but spiritually. Anytime, we go through a wilderness season or a desert season. It happens in our spirit. In our minds. In verse one it lets us know that Jesus was led up by the Spirit. Anytime that we are in a wilderness season. We are led there by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes our wilderness season will feel as though we are going around in circles, but it is in this time that God is preparing us for his purpose. Here is somethings that I’ve learned from Jesus experience in the wilderness.
1.) That before Jesus ministry began. He spent time in the wilderness.
In Matthew chapter 3 Jesus was baptized vs 17 tells us that a voice from heaven came down. Saying, this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. God was pleased with Jesus even before he fully stepped into his calling. Soon after being baptized. Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. Scripture tells us to be tempted of the devil. Tempted in this case simply means to be tested. In fact scripture tells us in verse 2 that Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. Forty represents a time of trials and testing. Our wilderness season is a testing season. As strange as it is our testing season. Is also our strengthening seasons. It is a season that God uses to prepare us. It is also a season that the devil will try to tempt us.
(2) And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. (3) And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (Matthew 4:2-3 KJV)
2.) The devil in this time will look for areas of weakness or hunger.
Verse two lets us know that after this forty day, forty night fast. That afterwards Jesus was hungry. This is where the devil tried to tempt Jesus. He tried speaking to his hunger. I learned that no matter, how much time we spend in God’s word, or in fasting and prayer. The enemies job will always be to look for an area to which to speak into our lives. If he tried to tempt Jesus. Then he will definitely try to tempt us. The devil saw that Jesus was hungry. So he told Jesus to command God to make these stones bread. In this the devil tried to get Jesus to look at something that was never meant to be nourishment as nourishment. In our lives the enemy will often try to get us to look at something that was never meant to be fulfilling. To be so hungry for it. That we would begin to ask God to change it to fit our needs. The devil wanted Jesus to command that God change the stones into bread. To fill a temporary desire for food. The devil will look for that area in your life. Where he knows that you are hungry after. Whether its your ministry, your family, your career, etc. He will tempt you in that and will try to tempt you to concentrate on the quick fix. A temporary solution to an eternal destiny.
3.) The devil will try to question your identity.
In verse 3 the tempter told Jesus. If thou be the Son of God, command these stones be made bread. Now when we go back to Matthew 3:17. God had already declared Jesus to be his Son. So, what the devil was trying to do here was plant a seed of doubt in Jesus about who he was. I need for you to get this. It is the job of a father to provide for his children. What the devil was really insinuating to Jesus. Was that if you are really the Son of God. Have him to provide for you. A father is not obligated to provide for a child that is not his, but a good father provides nourishment for his son or his daughter. So, not only did the enemy try to get Jesus to question his identity. He tried to get him to question if God would provide for him. I want for you to note that Jesus never responded to that. He knew who he was. He didn’t have to defend his identity. Children of the most high God. We don’t have to defend to the enemy. Who we are in Christ. The word tells us who we are in him. I suggest reading Ephesians chapters 1&2. To find out more about your identity in Jesus Christ.
But he answered him and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4 KJV)
4.) We answer the devil with the word of God!
Now, while Jesus never responded to the devil about who he was. He did however defeat temptation with the word of God. When the enemy came with the temptation. Jesus response was It is written. We defeat the enemy with the word. When Jesus replied with Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of God’s mouth. He was letting the devil know. I need more than temporary satisfaction or a quick fix to feed my hunger. It is the word of God that keeps my spirit fed. Every word from his mouth nourishes me. You see the devil will try to get us to concentrate on the lack in our lives and will try to use that to discourage us. To try to get us to question will God provide for us, but Jesus lets us know that we don’t live off the physical temporary things of this life. We live off of every word of God. God’s word is life! I pray that this blesses your spirit man and strengthens your walk in God.