There are three accounts in the Bible of the temptation of Jesus. These are found in Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4:1-13. The scripture says that; “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15: 4. Therefore, we want to look at certain things we can learn from the temptation of Jesus, and we would adopt the account in the book of Luke for these lessons.
YOU CAN BE TEMPTED AT YOUR HIGHEST LEVEL OF SPIRITUALITY
Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost and was accompanied by the Holy Spirit when Satan continuously tempted him for 40 days. Hitting him consistently to break him. That Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost and that He was under the influence of the Holy Spirit did not hinder or scare Satan from tempting him. This infers that the presence of the Holy Spirit in you and your heavy dose of anointing and power in no way scares satan. If he could repeatedly appear before God, from whom holiness, anointing and power ooze out to accuse a holy Job, how could you think you cannot be tempted because you have a high volt anointing. God attended Jesus baptism service at Jordan, yet Satan went after Jesus. When you’re highly anointed and effective in God’s kingdom, you appear enlarged on Satan’s radar and you become the easier target for temptation.
TEMPTATION COMES TO MAKE YOU DOUBT THE WORD OF GOD
Take note of the first and the third temptation satan put Jesus through; “…if thou be the son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.” Luke 4: 3. “And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence.” Luke 4: 9. Satan was definitely there at Jordan, witnessed the open heaven upon Jesus and heard God’s declaration to him; but here he comes, trying to incite Jesus to doubt God’s declaration concerning him, trying to make Jesus question God’s credibility. Satan was suggesting to Jesus not to simply trust God by His words but to prove what if what God said was true or not. Whenever temptation confronts you, it is to make you doubt God and break trust with him, it is to make you doubt what God said about you and your situation. Sometimes in difficult times, Satan uses people very dear to you as spokespersons to convince you to reak your trust in God. Satan corrupts their emotion and compassion, without knowing they begin to suggest to you to compromise your trust in God and his words, they think they are talking from a compassionate heart that could no longer watching your sufferings. Their love for you subdues their love for God and trust in his words and power, and they voice out what Satan whispered into their hearts. This is what happened to Job’s wife. After losing her children and all the wealth, she couldn’t stand the sight of her sick husband again. Without knowing, she spoke what Satan said. That’s exactly what Satan wanted, he wanted to discredit God. However, Job stood. Remember, your temptation is designed to make you doubt God and get God discredited.
TEMPTATION COMES TO MAKE YOU TURN YOUR ALLEGIANCE AWAY FROM GOD
Look at the second temptation in Luke 4: 5 – 7; “…and the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.” Here Satan suggested to Jesus again to turn his allegiance and faithfulness from God to him. If you would drop your faithfulness to God and give me your loyalty, I would give you whatever you want, Satan seemed to say. There’s always a struggle whether to stay on God’s path or stay on your own path. Whenever you look at the gains you could get if you deviate just a little or just once from the word of God; you are being tempted to betray God. Interestingly, Satan didn’t request for all time allegiance or worship, but just one time and you get all. That’s where the danger lies; we think oh it’s just this once. However, that just once is a trap. Once you fall into it, Satan keeps coming because a door is already open to him and he can come and go as he likes. Satan understands what worship means to God, he knows that’s the most important thing God demands from man because it means total allegiance and God has the monopoly of man’s worship, it can’t be negotiated and it can’t be traded off.
TEMPTATION COMES WHEN WE GET CARELESS WITH GRACE AND THINK WE ARE INVULNERABLE
Sometimes grace works strongly in our lives, we get things done easily and achieve great results. Then we get carried away and become careless, taking grace for granted and think we’re now experts of life. This is exactly what the devil wants, to think of ourselves highly more than we are. To think because of our liberty in Christ, purchased on the cross, we can do whatever we like and gradually slip into pride and recklessness. At this point, we become greatly vulnerable to satanic manipulations as our defence is weakend and broken by pride. When pride sets in, grace gradually leaks out. This is what Satan enjoys most, a Christian full of pride but void of grace, a careless christian who takes grace for granted and thinks he’s stronger than certain sins. He would attack such a christian unceasingly with a flood of temptation until he finally breaks him. No wonder apostle Paul warned 1 Cor. 10: 12; “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”