Welcome to Day 30 of the 40day180!
How did Jesus fight off the temptation of the enemy according to Matthew 4:1-11? What happened after Jesus spoke the Word of God?
This week is dedicated to equipping us on how to overcome sin in our lives by using the Word of God. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:27, that “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should”. Basically we have to choose to use the Word of God to overcome sin in our lives. This is the suffering that we will experience – pushing our fleshly desires (Galatians 5:24) out and allow the Spirit to direct our life (John 3:30). Below is the overview of how to use the Word of God to set ourselves free from sin in our lives:
- Ask God to reveal what sin(s) need to be eliminated (you may already know) – Matthew 6:33, John 16:13, and Jeremiah 33:3
- Find/Google a scripture – Hebrews 4:12
- Memorize and speak the Word consistently and specifically when tempted– Psalms 119:9-11, James 4:7, and 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
- bind and loose (prepare and remove temptations before they even come) – Matthew 16:19
- Proclaim no stumbling – Proverbs 4:10-15 and Psalms 119:165
- If we stumble, repent (Acts 3:19) and get back up (Prov. 24:16)
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
James 4:7 – Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 – 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
(Week 2) I choose to seek God first everyday by getting into His Word. I choose to walk in the plan God has for me by choosing to live the Word of God in every area of my life.
(Week 3) I choose to seek God first everyday by getting into His Word. I choose to walk in the plan God has for me by choosing to live the Word of God in every area of my life. I thank You Father that as I choose to obey Your Word, You are protecting me, directing my footsteps according to Your Word, and filling me with Your Holy Spirit.
(Week 4) As I continue to renew my mind with the Word of God, I choose to speak life and not death in every situation.
(Week 5) I take authority over all of the power of the enemy in my life and thank you Father that I am set free from all sin.
Overcoming sin can be challenging and potentially seem impossible at times. However, if we are in Christ, nothing is impossible (Matthew 17:20). The enemy wants to deceive our minds with lies in order to prevent us from truly choosing to remove sin from our lives (1 John 4:1 and Colossians 2:8). Below are some of the lies that people use to try justify their sin:
- God made me this way – Genesis 1:27 and Revelation 12:11
- I am not as bad as them – Matthew 7:1-5
- It’s not my fault I am like this – Proverbs 16:2 and Proverbs 21:2
- I will fix it tomorrow – Ephesians 5:15-17 and Proverbs 13:4
- I am only human – they made me do it – John 17:16-17. Romans 8:37, and 1 John 4:4
We all have said, at least one of these in our lives before at some point. Our application of the Word of God will set us free of anything in our lives (Galatians 5:1 and 2 Corinthians 3:17). We want to encourage you that God will set you free when you choose to apply the Word of God. Have a great afternoon today!