Welcome to our online Bible study on Luke!
Read: Luke 4:1-13
“Because it’s a lie.”
Those words came straight out of my friend’s mouth and into my ear one weekday afternoon during a conversation.
I had been verbally processing twith her about a “moral” dilemma of sorts where I had been given permission to “bend the truth” that would eventually be true but wasn’t right now. I carried on about how I really wanted to trust God, but I couldn’t see the way from where I was standing. The odds where not in my favor.
I was at a crossroad and exclaimed, “I just can’t shake it, it doesn’t feel right.”
That’s when my friend interjected those four words which Scripture plainly says.
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices. (Colossians 3:9)
That summed it up. It was finished. Call a lie, a lie. There was no more justifying the situation or rambling on and on about the details. There was no “ bending of the truth.” This was a lie and God would in no way be honored.
We all experience the pull of temptation at times. Even Jesus was tempted by Satan after fasting in the wilderness for 40 days. But in in Luke 4:1-13, we see that Jesus’ approach in combating the temptations of the enemy was God’s Word.
And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” (Luke 4:4)
And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” (Luke 4:8)
And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Luke 4:12)
Straight to the point, no need for justifying it or questioning it. Jesus brought out the big guns and took it out the temptation with one shot. His best weapon for whatever the devil threw at Him was the Word of God.
Jesus knows firsthand the struggle of temptation, and He is always interceding on our behalf (Hebrews 7:25). We can come to Him ready to receive compassion, grace, mercy, and love.
When we are tempted, He will be our strength. We are not Jesus, but we have the same power He had . . .
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit . . . (Luke 4:1)
We have the Holy Spirit living inside us, and we have God’s Word hidden in our hearts.
I am so glad, by His power, that I clung to His promises in my situation. God honored it big time, and provided in an unexpected way. It was hard and I still wrestled at times, but God gave me the strength to endure, trust, and to lean on His Word — and not my own understanding.
Friend, I encourage you today to speak God’s Word in the midst of temptation. His Word is true. And He is truly able to keep us from falling.