Now that we know and understand that we have an enemy, we need to understand how the enemy does battle. The enemy comes to us to tempt us in three ways that we see all through scripture. The first temptation concerns the lust of the flesh (Matthew 4:3-4). During the tempting of Jesus our Lord is hungry and, and the devil tempts him to turn the stones into bread. How then does Jesus reply, he quotes scriptures to combat the devil’s attacks. This brings up today's point, “We can't forget our biggest weapon against the enemy” the Scriptures and prayer.
The second time Jesus is tempted comes in the form of the pride of life (Matthew 5:5-7), and even here the devil uses scripture, but he is twisting it to fit his evil desires. How does Jesus respond? Again, he uses the scriptures found in Deuteronomy to combat the devil and his tactics. The third and final temptation the Bible records in this series of events comes in the form of lust of the eyes (Matthew 4:8-10). Again, here we see Jesus quoting the scriptures found in the Old Testament to the devil and what does the Bible say happened? The devil left him!!! That’s right devil you can't fight against my “All Powerful” Lord and Savior with your weak tactics! BOOP, you are out of here!!
So, what can we learn today from our Jesus to help us with our battle strategy? The lesson here is that we must fight like Jesus did by hanging on every word that is found in scripture. The text tells us that even the devil knows the words of the Bible, but because he doesn’t have the Holy Spirit on his team as we do, he can’t use them in the proper context.
We, however, have the most powerful weapon known to man at our fingertips, on our devices, apps and everywhere we go at the touch of our hands, the word of God! The word of God is alive and cuts sharper than any double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Jesus knew this when he began to face the enemy and the word of God brought him the victory against the devil.
In the same way, Jesus used the scriptures, to combat the enemy, we can use them as well. We must study the word of God daily, spend time with him, and memorize scriptures that we can use in times of tempting and trials. Gods word is the truth, and Jesus is the truth, but the enemy’s tactic is fear and lies. He will lie to us and try to steal, kill and destroy us. We have the power to stand ready when he comes, using the weapons God has planned for us to use because they are at our fingertips. A soldier never goes to battle without a weapon and as Christians have enlisted in the Army of the Lord and are doing battle with the enemy every day. With every temptation defeated it gives you more power over the enemy. The Bible says resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Jesus showed us that we like Him have the power to resist the devil, and we know that he will flee.
So today, are you spending time with your weapon, in God’s word? Do you have scriptures memorized to use in times of attack? This is part of your battle strategy! Be ready for battle at all times!