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Jesus Defeats the Devil (A Poem)

Into the wilderness, by the Spirit, Jesus was led,
Forty days and nights He had no water or bread.

When the devil was certain that Jesus was weak,
To our Savior he did wretchedly speak.

“Son of God, command these stones to become bread”,
That is what the evil one said.

In this act, he tried to appear as innocent as a kitten,
But Jesus replied with “It is written…”

“Man shall not live by bread alone…”
In these words, Satan’s first plot was overthrown.

The devil then led Jesus to the temple’s peak,
Then out of his mouth the vile one did speak.

“If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down…”
This ill-mannered attempt is sure to make anyone frown.

“It is written…” spoke Jesus with the strength of an iron rod.
“Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”

On his final attempt, Satan took the Lord to a high mountain,
Once again, out of his evil heart, his words came out like a fountain.

“All these things I will give to thee if you will fall down and worship me.”
Jesus wasn’t having it because He knew that “Greater is He…”

Then our King replied, “Get thee hence, Satan: For it is written…”
By this time the devil must’ve been shakin’ where he was sittin’.”

“Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God alone…”
The devil had to have instantly become stiff as a bone.

“…And Him only shalt thou serve.”
And this is what really hit the devil’s nerve.

Satan took off! Like a shot! Oh, how did he flee.
Then angels came and ministered to Our Savior with great glee.

So the next time the roaring lion comes, turn him into a kitten.
Just share the Holy Truth with him, “For it is written…”

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.


Satan knows what the Holy Bible says and will try to use it against you. In fact, he quoted scripture to Jesus (Psa 91:11); He just didn’t know how to apply it in the correct context.


How many words can you make from the word “devil?” How do these words apply to him? I’ll do one for you:

“Devil” spelled backwards is “lived” (Past tense). He once lived and now there is only death in him.

See how many more you can find. God bless.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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  1. Love the story, love it was kept so biblical but yours always are, love the meter and love the rhyme. Flows like a song that ought to be sung. Sorry, I had not read it earlier! You are a true poet! You should write more! I know how much you have on your plate. God has given you many special talents. I love this sight largely because of your commitment to using them for His glory. It permeates through the site and through all of the writers. I am proud to be but a small part of it! I get people telling me every day how tbl is so different and how it ministers to them. Thank you Joel and thank God for what He is doing through you, all the writers, and this site. Praise God from whom all these blessings flow. None, but Him can boast of anything or take the credit! Awesome Lord we serve!!!!! ~ ron,

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