1 Then Jesus left the Jordan, full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
Luke 4:1-3, Christian Standard Bible
One of Satan’s major attacks is against your identity in Christ.
Look at how he insidiously turned God’s revelation to Jesus, “You are my Son” into speculation, “If you are the Son of God”. When Satan was tempting Jesus in different ways, our Lord dealt with the devil by standing firm on God’s Word and holding fast to God promises.
Often, many believers assume Jesus was only tempted three times in the wilderness, but Luke tells us that Jesus was tempted for forty days by the devil. The meaning of temptation is to be put on trial. Satan put Jesus on trial like Jesus wasn’t really God’s Son, but Jesus passed the test with the truth of God’s Word. While the devil knows he can’t rob you of your identity, he can still cloud your mind and cause you to doubt over the legitimacy of your identity.
Remember, God fearfully and wonderfully made you when you were in your mother’s womb. He knows your name before you were born. And God wrote the purpose and plans He had for you before the foundation of the world. However, if you don’t ground and root your identity in Christ, it is easy for you to fall under Satan’s accusations.
The Apostle John tells us in Revelation 12:11, every believer can overcome Satan with “the blood of the Lamb” and “the word of their testimony”. The blood of the Lamb has already cancelled all records of wrongs that Satan uses to accuse you. In other words, if you don’t cling to what Christ has accomplished through His finished work on the cross, the devil can still use false evidence and fabricated lies to destroy your faith and lure you back to bondage. This is why your word of testimony, that is, your confession of faith in Christ can help you and protect you from every attack of Satan. Like Jesus, you can overcome Satan by the Word.
The more you understand and believe the truth of true identity in Christ, the better you are in exercising your authority and power in your prayer life and in your personal life to gain greater breakthroughs and sustainable victory over Satan’s evil works.
Have I made good use of God’s Word in my defence against temptation?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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