When Jesus was tempted to turn stones into bread, he quoted the written word of God. Yes, the word of God reveals the will of God and when we invoke it in real life situations, it becomes a powerful spiritual weapon.
Jesus submitted himself to God by saying, “It is written”. He did not do things on his own. He actually cited the word of God as being the integral part of his authority. In this way, Jesus submitted himself to God the Father and was one with him.
When Jesus was tempted to jump from the pinnacle of the temple, he again quoted what was written. In the third part of those temptations as recorded in Matthew 4:10, Jesus did not begin with the words“ It is written”, he instead said, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written…”.
It is in our submission to God where we find the power to resist the devil. Did the devil leave when Jesus commanded him to leave? Yes he did. In Matthew 4:11 the Bible clearly states, “Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him” (KJV).The devil just had to leave.
This topic reminds me of the time I lived with my grandmother. One evening a man visiting us and when time came for him to leave, he just did not want to leave. His intention was to stay for the night. Well, grandmother insisted that he should leave although the man really wanted to stay for the night.
At the end grandmother got angry with him and made sure that he understood that she was serious and really wanted him to leave. After a while the man finally got the message and left. She had successfully resisted this man’s intention and made him to leave.
In James 4:7 the Bible says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (KJV). We can only resist the devil when we submit ourself to God. God is the only one who can effectively deal with the devil therefore when God is in our lives, he takes center stage and is ready to works through us.
However, we must make sure we are one with God so that when we speak, it would be as if it was God himself speaking. During temptation Jesus said, ”Get thee hence, Satan…”. What you do or say to resist the devil is effective as long as you are totally submitted to God.
Is Jesus the Lord of your life?