Matthew 4:1-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
Satan Tempts Jesus
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you,[d] Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”
11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
"Away with you, Satan!" Jesus, tempted, forty days!
--Tested every way, as He fasted, and prayed.
--Tested to prove He is God. "Then the devil left."
--"Behold, angels came and ministered to Him" (v 11).
--Jesus defeated the devil, by the Word of God!
--Let us use it, as we say, "Away with you, Satan!"
Yes, there is a devil, with many demons, after us.
--If no devil or evil would God warn, "Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11).
--Where there is wrong there is Satan behind it.
--Look what he cost Adam and Eve - cost paradise.
--Jesus defeats Satan - to provide us paradise.
We have the same tools Jesus used - God and His Word.
--Jesus is God in human flesh, "dwelt among us."
--Sinless, came to save, as our Messiah. Baptized.
--Then "Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil" (Matthew 4:1).
--It was a test - a proving ground, that He is God.
--Jesus passed the tests with "It is written..."
Believers have the tools Jesus used, and gave us.
--We have this Bible, God's Word, "It is written."
--We have God's Holy Spirit, to call upon for help.
--We have the blessed name of Jesus - and prayer.
--We have Christ's cross, and glorious resurrection.
--We have His "intercession" in glory for us all.
--Then, let us live for the Lord, "Away with Satan!"
At halloween years ago two boys came to a church down South, dressed as devils - and they looked the part!
--With pitchforks, tails, and all the rest.
--People all scattered - all but one little lady.
--Trembling she said, "Please Mr. Devil, I've been a member of this church all my life, but I've been on your side all the time." On whose side are we?
Satan has the unsaved already on his side, what he's working on is tempting the saved to fall and fail.
--We need Jesus! In our flesh we are weak, indeed.
We are all weak in the flesh, like a well-done roast.
--So delicious, juicy, tender - a fork can't lift it.
--So tender, weak. A fork like the flesh - fails.
--A spatula, like the Holy Spirit, is needed.
--The Holy Spirit is in us, beneath, to support us!
--When we are "born again" by following Jesus we have the gift of His Holy Spirit to indwell and infill!
--So with authority, we say, "Away with you, Satan!"
We want Satan to leave us alone, and for God with us.
--For the saved, the Lord is always with us, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).
--There is victory in Jesus. The Spirit. The Bible.
--How do we get it? By faith. Repentance. Prayer.
Let me explain a bit about this word "tempt."
--We see. We want. We take. That's temptation.
--It can mean to "entice or allure one to evil."
--God does not entice or tempt to evil. He tests.
--God tests, to prove and improve, like auto makers.
--We lived near the GM Proving Grounds, and many members worked there, and we've seen how they test all cars - not to destroy them, but make them better!
James 1:13 says, "Don't blame God if you are tempted, God cannot be tempted by evil, and He doesn't use evil to tempt others" (CEV). Our desires tempt us!
--So, "Be strong in the Lord .. put on the whole armor of God .. praying always" (Ephesians 6:13-18).
Jesus was tested by Satan to prove He would not sin!
--And He did not. He's God. Jesus would not sin.
--He could not, as God - else would not be God.
--But we can sin. And we do, friend.
--If Jesus could fail, our salvation could fail.
--So Jesus needed this testing - for our sakes.
These forty days with the devil's testings prove, to each seeking person, that Jesus is our Messiah.
--"Born of a virgin." Fulfilling many prophecies.
--His many miracles, of healings of all kinds.
--Even the raising of the dead! Incomparable life.
--As to His teachings, "Never man spoke as He."
--On a cross for us; but arose! To defeat the devil.
--Overcoming physical, mental and spiritual testings.
--Jesus said, of us, "In the world you will have tribulation" - temptations, trials - "but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
--It is yielding to Him, we are able to win over sin!
We have difficulty living godly for lack of the Word!
--There is wonder-working power in Scripture memory.
--Coupled with frequent prayer and knowing Jesus.
Also knowing more about our arch-enemy, Satan.
I. SATAN IS SPIRIT. AN EVIL SPIRIT IN THE WORLD.
--He's "The prince of the air .. at work in those who are disobedient" (Ephesians 2:2). An "evil spirit."
--In Hebrew his name means "accuser, adversary."
--He is a "liar, and father of lies," Jesus said.
--Satan appears often in the Bible. He's mean!
As spirit, Satan came to God accusing Job (1:16).
--In fact, Satan brought on all of Job's troubles.
--Took his 7 sons and 3 daughters and his possessions.
--Took Job's health; he was riddled with boils.
Because Satan is spirit, we need the Holy Spirit.
--Who can "guide us in all truth .. keep us from falling .. help us pray .. strengthen and defend us."
--Friend, when "born again," we are given the Spirit!
II. SATAN ALLURES. Note, we are spelling his name.
--Satan takes the holy, beautiful, right, and he can degrade, cheapen, change and counterfeit, for evil!
--He dresses up sins, and allures us in his trap.
--Jesus said, "Fear him who can cast in hell" (Luke 12:5).
Think how alluring Satan was to Eve and Adam in Eden.
--In a perfect Garden Satan came, to cost them dear.
--He so allures, they sinned. Were cast out of it.
--Satan hasn't changed. He still allures us all.
--All who will listen, and allow Satan his way.
--The result - defeat, disappointment, heartaches.
--Until Jesus comes in. To save and sanctify us.
A girl grew up in a home without Christ and church.
--With all manner of sin. Until she was befriended.
--A neighbor invited her and family to church.
--She came. Found the Lord, turned her life to Him.
--In time, she won her family, by the change in her.
--She prayed, "Lord, I can't do it, but You can!"
--When Satan allured, she prayed, harder! It works.
--What God in Christ did for them, God can in you.
SATAN TEMPTS. This is the "T" in the evil one.
--O how he can tempt us. God only tests, not tempts.
--Not all goes perfect for us. Nor Jesus, or others.
--Not for you, or me. Jesus' salvation has trials.
--But Jesus is the way to win; over worry, over sin.
We won't escape all testing, nor win all the time.
--But the Lord is with us. Empowering. Forgiving.
--Be prepared my friend, with "the armor of God."
Peter had been with Jesus for over 3 1/2 years, closely.
--Heard His message. Saw miracles. Boasted faith.
--Yet Peter lied, denied His Lord; even pre-warned.
--Jesus said, "Satan desires to have you, to sift you as wheat; but I have prayed for you" (Luke 22:31).
--For all we love, let's join Jesus in such prayers.
IV. SATAN IS ANTI-GOD. Anti-Christ. Anti-good.
--Anything godly, the devil is against!
--And Satan has a lot of followers today, all over.
--They don't see Satan as an enemy, nor Jesus a hope.
Satan once was God's good angel whose name is bright, or Lucifer; until he said, "I'll be God." (Ez. 28)
--From an angel to an enemy. So be wise, friend.
--V. SATAN IS NUMBERED. KNOWS HIS DAYS ARE NUMBERED.
--His days are coming to an end, when Jesus returns.
--And his end is a "lake of fire." "In hell."
--Prepared for "the devil, and his demonic angels."
--God has prepared heaven, for us, "born again."
I want to spend eternity there, in heaven, with God.
--I want you to, also. The Lord invites everyone.
--It is so simple, and easy. Take Jesus as Savior.
--Live for Him daily. He can help us win over sin.
--No One better!
Wilbert D. Gough, Th.D., D.D. 20