It’s a fact. Jesus had numerous encounters with the devil—some more heated than others. But the temptation in the wilderness had to be one of the biggest showdowns ever. Satan thought it was acceptable to tempt Jesus and doubt His character. Two things can be said about Jesus and Lucifer … they both know who is God, and they both know the WORD.
Have you figured out how Jesus was able to overcome the devil? If you haven’t, let me help you. He was very confident in who He was and “Whose” He was. But most importantly, He was able to fight back with the living word of God. Jesus was tempted by the devil three times, and in each account, He was able to support His argument with scriptures.
1. Matthew 4:4 “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.”
2. Matthew 4:7 “Jesus said unto him, it is written again, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”
3. Matthew 4:10 “ … for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
Nevertheless, let us not forget that the devil knows the word of God as well. Matthew 4:6 “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written … ” This is how he’s able to deceive us, and twist around biblical messages for his selfish purposes. And that is why we need to know the word of God for ourselves. Christ was able to win the battle with the devil in the wilderness, because He fought back with the written word.
If we don’t hide the words of the Bible in our hearts, we’ll end up sinning against God, and losing the war against Satan. Simply put. Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” But how good are we at keeping the words hidden in our hearts? Are we deeply studying or memorizing God’s Holy Bible? With Bible Apps and Google search readily available at the push of a button, most of us have put memorizing Bible text on the back burner. This is only one of the very many ways the devil is using technology against us.
We ought to do something about this. We might as well, because in the last days we won’t have access to the internet and smartphones. They won’t be able to rescue us anymore. We’re going to have to depend on our memories to recall God’s words in times of need. I’m not declaring that Apps and search engines are bad, but I am declaring that we should put them to good use by using them to memorize Bible verses. The words we hide in our hearts—not stored on our smartphones—will be what matters in the end. Start hiding now!
How important is memorizing Bible text to you?