In his 4th chapter, Matthew tells the story of how the devil tempted Jesus – and we tell you how you can be strong like Jesus!
Jesus fasted for 40 long days.
As we all would be, he also was very hungry after those 40 days.
Satan came to him and told him to command stones become bread.
That should be an easy task for the son of God.
But Jesus said:
“It is written, ‘People don’t live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
Of course, the devil wasn’t successful.
So he tried to tempt Jesus again.
He did so by putting Jesus on the pannacle of a temple in the holy city.
Then he told Jesus to jump down – the son of God would surely be rescued by angels.
Of course it couldn’t but did Jesus jump? No. Why would he?
“It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”.
And Jesus was right, you should not tempt God.
Seeing how strong the faith of Jesus is, the devil tried one more thing. He took Jesus up to a high mountain and promised him all kingdoms of the world.
He told Jesus that he’s give him all those kingdoms if Jesus worshipped him.
But Jesus would never worship the devil.
“Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
So what else could the devil do but give up?
He’s knew that he can’t stand a chance against Jesus’ faith.
In the rest of the chapter, Matthew tells how Jesus began his ministry in Galilee.
Matthew also describes the glorious event of Jesus healing people all over Galilee.
The one important lesson you need to know
But the most important thing we think Matthew wanted you to learn from this chapter was how Jesus fended off the devil.
The devil is a powerful being.
He has power over some because they are easily tempted.
If you are reading this, you are someone with strong faith.
And the devil will not be able to tempt you for as long as you keep JESUS in your heart.
With the son of GOD himself in your heart, how could the devil ever successfully tempt you?
But do not make the mistake of thinking that you don’t need to put in effort.
Because you WILL be tempted, sooner or later.
And when temptation arrives, you need to remember how Jesus handled this.
Jesus KNEW that God should not be tempted.
Jesus didn’t think one second about not trusting God.
He wasn’t worried about dying of hunger, he didn’t turn stone to bread, because he always knew that God will save him.
He knew that he didn’t need to prove anything to the devil.
And Jesus wasn’t even tempted by power.
How does reality look?
In reality, a lot of people throw their moral principles out the door when they are offered power or money in return.
Some factories dump their waste into rivers to save money.
Politicians take bribes to turn a blind eye.
There’s an endless number of examples.
But God doesn’t want you to do that.
Jesus doesn’t want you to do that.
Don’t get this wrong, you are certainly allowed to be successful in your life.
But the important thing is that this doesn’t happen at the expense of others.
Don’t be tempted by fast success and easy money.
If you’re offered a great opportunity in life, first think about the impact it could have on others.
Just ask yourself: What would Jesus do?
If you do that, you will find that you are as strong as Jesus.
Because he is in your heart!
What do you think about this?
Do you agree with us?
Let us know in the comments!
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