Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] 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.
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Observation: Jesus I see that You know what it means to be challenged by the enemy. Your strength exposes the enemy strategy. The enemy wants to lure me to trade what the Father has given me for something that I appear to need or want. Again and again he comes at You challenging Your identity. Again and again You repel the voice of the enemy with the Voice of God in the written Word.
Action: Each day this week I am going to begin my day by repeating and reflecting the prayer You taught the first disciples. Each day I will begin with “Our Father,” reminding me of the identity You gave me and “Your Kingdom Come,” reminding me of the authority that is mine to repel the enemy taunts. Each day I will add one progressive phrase from Your model and reflect on it.