By Steve Hamm
College Hill Church of Christ 

Overcoming the evil one


It never seems to fail doesn’t it? When we are weak and down in our own spirit, here comes Satan, with what we feel is the biggest temptation of our lives. And because we are so weak, a lot of the times, we give in to our desires and fall victim to Satan’s schemes.

Have you ever wondered how he knows when we are weak and vulnerable, at just the weakest moment he swoops in and pounces on us? Well, Satan was the same way with our Lord Jesus Christ. At his weakest moment, after fasting forty days, here comes the Evil One throwing his nasty curve ball at Jesus.

Luke 4:1-13 is a teaching moment not only to Satan himself, but especially to us today! The way Jesus responded to Satan in his weak moment of temptation was totally awesome! Satan first tempted him, at his weakest moment after fasting forty days, with hunger, “If you are the Son of God, turn these stones to bread” he said. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

Next, Satan tempted Jesus with authority, offering Jesus all the kingdoms of the world to rule them. Many might think this temptation was no temptation at all to Jesus, but ruling kingdoms, is a big thing in the heavenly realms. Christ was smarter than Satan because he knew by bowing down to Satan, he was submitting to his authority and not God’s! That was never going to happen because Jesus was obedient to the Father! Jesus answered saying, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

After these first two temptations didn’t work on Jesus, Satan tried one more time to bring down our Lord Jesus Christ. He took Jesus to the highest point of the temple and once again used the phrase, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here.” But this time Satan used scripture against the one who is the word of God! Satan then quoted Psalm 91:11-12 which says, “12 For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; 11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

He used the word of God against God. How foolish of Satan to try and out quote Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God, because Jesus out quoted him! Jesus then quoted Deuteronomy 6:16 which says, “Do not test the Lord your God!” Wow, Jesus won this battle and won the war as well against Satan, and we can too.

Let’s talk about what we can learn from Jesus when Satan comes to tempt us in our weakest moment. Jesus was firm and steadfast. Paul in his letter to the church at Philippi, Philippians 4:1 and Peter in I Peter 5:10 encouraged the brethren to stand firm and be steadfast, and God will lift us up at the proper time! Another teaching that we learn from Jesus is to know and speak the word of God always. His word is truth, and stealing a line from a famous movie, “People can’t handle the truth!!!” Ephesians 6:10 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” So stand firm brothers and sisters, and in those weakest of times, let His word strengthen you!

We invite you to join us at College Hill Church of Christ, 1102 College Blvd., every Sunday morning at 10:30am for worship or follow us on Facebook at College Hill Church of Christ Alva Oklahoma as we stream our worship service every Sunday. We are a fellowship of believers that follow God’s Word and love all who worship with us!


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