After Jesus got baptised, he set out in to the wilderness for 40 days and nights to fast. During that time Satan came to tempt him 3 times. He tried to tempt Jesus to turn stones in to bread, to jump off the pinnacle of the temple and be caught angels and then finally he was taken to the top of a high mountain top and show all the kingdoms of the earth and the devil promised it to Jesus if He would bow down and worship him.
Each time, Jesus responded with the Word of God. “It is written.. that man shall not live by bread alone.. It is written… you shall not tempt the Lord your God… It is written.. you shall worship the Lord your God and only him shall you serve.
If Satan can come to Jesus, he will come to us. Satan continues to tempt us in these 3 ways.
The devil is ‘smart’ but not creative. He has been using the same tactics for centuries but yet we still fall for them. He takes advantage of shooting at ignorant targets. We perish for lack of knowledge Hosea 4:6
We know that Satans plan is to Steal, Kill and Destroy. He sets up traps and makes the look appealing so that we fall for them. 1 Peter 5:8 describes the devil as a ‘roaring lion’ seeking whom he may devour. If you look vulnerable and don’t have any armour on, you are easy prey for him.
God has given us the weapons to overcome the enemy and withstand his attacks. Ephesians 6 outlines the full armour of God. We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities of darkness. The spiritual armour is designed to help us overcome the attacks of the enemy.
We have been given the Belt of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness, Shoes of the Gospel of Peace, Shield of Faith, Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit.
In the old days Roman Soldiers Shields were not little shields like Captain Americas, they were almost the size of a door (2m x 0.8m). When the enemy would shoot at them, the shield cover their whole body. The shield of Faith is designed to cover every part of our body.
When we have it up, it quenches the fiery darts of the enemy. The devil tries to shoot Fear at us, Guilt, Doubt, condemnation. He continues with other tactics like Flattery, Sex, Power and Wealth. He will do whatever he can to hurt us and ultimately destroy us.
We must learn to RECOGNISE the Trap, RESISY the enemy and RESPOND with the word in Faith.
The Shield is a powerful tool we have for stopping the enemies attempts. It may be difficult when temptation is all around us and our friends are seemingly having fun and we are not. Because we know that the enemy is at work, we know what the result is. Sometimes we as people can be so foolish and willingly do things that we know are designed to harm us. Pornography, drugs, drunkenness, sleeping around.
God is not against pleasure. He designed it. It’s the enemy who abuses and perverts it. Done outside the boundaries of Gods order becomes very dangerous and harmful to us. Jesus came so that we can have life and life in abundance. We must be courageous to stand up boldly and hold our weapons of faith and allow His Glory to shine!
We must remind ourselves who we are in Him.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
His explosive power is in me to overcome all difficulty.
I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus
No weapon formed against me shall prosper
I am victorious because the same power which raised Jesus from the dead lives in me.
RECOGNIZE THE TRAP – RESIST THE DEVIL – RESPOND WITH THE WORD!