Walking in the Word 2017 - Matthew 4:1-11

But he answered, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
Matthew 5:4

God doesn't rest but neither does our adversary, Satan. Though the victory has been won in Christ and the result is firmly in heaven's hand, Satan still attempts to steal battles here and there. The devil's desire is to tempt us, trick us, and trip us, to divert our gaze away from the Lord and lead it to lesser things, most often which is ourselves.

The wilderness Jesus walked in was not a lovely walk down a tree-lined path, with birds chirping and a soft wind brushing His skin. It was trudging under the hot desert sun over dirt, dust, and rocks. And after 40 days of fasting, the hunger had to have been gnawing at all His insides.


Addiction recovery counselors often tell people about the acronym HALT: hungry, angry, lonely, tired. These are the four overwhelming emotions that often lead a person back into using a substance, or in the case of the Christian, falling into sin. Jesus was definitely hungry, clearly tired, and probably lonely. That's when Satan came along.

The devil attacked in every which way, appealing to provision (feed yourself), pity (fail yourself), and pride (flaunt yourself). Yet Jesus would not take the bait.

Instead, Jesus defended Himself with the sword of the Spirit, looking not to His own strength and wisdom but depending on God's very Word to be strong and wise for Him. Satan even quoted Scripture to Jesus, perverting it as only the devil can, yet Jesus would resist for He knew his tactics. More importantly, He knew whose voice mattered most.


Understand that committing to read the Bible in a year isn't just a monumental task that you want to check off your list. It is spiritual preparedness. You are practicing the chord progressions, taking your practice swings, and every other analogy for getting ready. Because when the salacious whispers of sin float your way, you must be ready to act. Knowing the Word, memorizing it, meditating on it, and marinating in it before that moment strikes makes a difference. Being familiar with the lay of the Bible's land, knowing what promises and truths you need to rest in matter. This is why journeying in the Word together is good for all of us. After all, it was good enough for Jesus in the midst of His battles.