Several days ago, we discussed the battle of protecting our identity. The first instance of identity theft took place in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve had everything that they could possibly need given to them by God, but they were convinced into believing that God was holding something back from them.
Jesus came back to restore our identity. Let us look at what happened when he was confronted with voice of the devil.
16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17 (NKJV)
Clearly we can see that Jesus has been approved by the Heavenly Father. The Spirit of God had also come down from heaven and was on Jesus. It seems that there would be no dispute that Jesus is the Son of God. However there is still a devil operating in the earth.
Matthew chapter 4 goes on to tell us that the same spirit that was on Jesus, led him into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:1-4 (NKJV)
The devil tempted Jesus in two phases. First, He questioned the identity of Jesus. The devil did not say, “since you are the son of God” he said, IF you are the son of God…DO SOMETHING!! Secondly, the devil told to Jesus to meet his own provision.
Let’s get enlightened by His response.
Jesus was told after He became hungry to turn stones into bread. Your enemy will always place pressure on you in your weakest moment. Had the stomach of Jesus been full, this would not have been a temptation. If Jesus didn’t like bread, this wouldn’t be a temptation.
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)
- Jesus did not deny His hunger, but refused to be defined by His hunger
- Jesus defended himself with the WORD of God
This is where Adam and Eve failed. Eve didn’t say what God said and the devil took advantage of it. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the devil; the blame game will always keep you defeated.
Your identity is in the Word of God – who you are, what you have, and what you can do is rooted in the Word of God. Know the Word; know God. Know the Word; know yourself.