“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit….”
(from Ephesians 6:10-20 on the whole armor of God)
After Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights…
(From the account in Matthew 4)
The devil tempted Jesus, in the wilderness, to turn some stones into bread;
then he tempted Him to leap from the temple pinnacle, plotting for Him to be dead.
Finally, he tempted Jesus to fall down and worship him–the vilest being…
But Jesus used three important words and scripture to send the devil fleeing.
“It is written,” Jesus rebuked him and sent him off through the use of scripture.
And we must do the same today, so the devil gets the picture–
that we stand by our God’s Word as the truth that’s absolute.
“It is written,” plus God’s Word, is Biblical rule the devil can’t refute.
He may, as he did with Jesus, use scripture himself in a twisted way;
but resist him and he will flee–God’s Word tells us that he won’t stay.
Satan couldn’t get Jesus to fall in one matter, so he presented a second and third;
but Jesus defeated the temptations through the authority of God’s Word.
P. A. Oltrogge
“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.'” Matthew 4:10
“Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:18
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19-20
“So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.’
“Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.'”
“…having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God, which lives and abides forever….” 1 Peter 1:23
Temptation account recorded in
Matthew 4, Mark 1, Luke 4