Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021416.cfm
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, One does not live on bread alone.” Then he took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant. The devil said to him, “I shall give to you all this power and glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish. All this will be yours, if you worship me.” Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written: You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.” Then he led him to Jerusalem, made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you, and: With their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” Jesus said to him in reply, “It also says, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.
The power of the word of God defeats satan’s lies. His temptations are false and only lead to sin and death. Jesus withstood His temptations by quoting the word of God to him and we can do the same. The word of God is powerful and holds the power of defeating satan. Notice, that it says that “he departed from him for a time.” That shows that even Jesus was subject to continued temptations, so we are not immune to being tempted time and again. Our defense is the same as Jesus’ – prayer, fasting and the Word of God. Are you willing to be saved from these lies? Are you willing to take the steps necessary? How important is your eternal life?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know you are with me when I am tempted and I know that you will save me – all I have to do is ask. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.