How To Overcome Temptation: The Double-Tap – Luke 4:5-8
Scripture reading for this week: Luke 4:1-13
This week we’re looking at the temptation of Christ. In yesterday’s post (read it HERE) we learned that when the devil tempts us, one of our defenses is to hit him with the word! The word of God is sharp and powerful, like a double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12), and it cuts through the lies of Satan.
The next temptation that the devil brought to Jesus was to offer Him the kingdoms of the world:
Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” (Luke 4:5-7 NKJV)
Jesus response to the devil was what I would call a double-tap:
And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” (Luke 4:8 NKJV)
First, Jesus resisted the devil.
James 4:7 tells us to “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
In other words, when a temptation comes to us, our first response should be to simply say “no.” When we start toying with sin in our mind, trying to figure out if the consequences will be worth it, or whether or not we’ll be discovered, that’s when we become weak and susceptible to the temptation.
So when the devil comes calling with a temptation, just say no!
Second, Jesus followed up with the word of God from Deuteronomy 6:13 – “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.”
This verse is a declarative statement that says “I’m submitting my life to the Lordship of my God.”
See, when we give in to a temptation, in reality we’re submitting a part of our lives to the devil. We’re giving him lordship over that area. And what does Satan do when he has lordship over an area of our life? The bible clearly tells us:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; (John 10:10a)
In other words, it’s not going to turn out well for us. Better to give the Lord Jesus Christ lordship over our lives, because:
I (Jesus) have come that they (you) may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10b)
So the next time the devil brings a temptation, give him a double-tap: Say no, and declare that you’ve given lordship of your life to the Lord Jesus Christ, our true king!
We can change the world, one life at a time…