Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. (NIV) Luke 4:1-2
Jesus had fasted for 40 days in the wilderness. As a result, He became hungry – anyone would! And when He’s most vulnerable, Satan says to Him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread” (Luke 4:3). Notice that Satan’s first temptation appeals to Jesus’ vulnerability. But, Jesus doesn’t give in to the temptation, or the two that follow.
When are you most vulnerable to give in to temptation? Is it when you’re tired? discouraged? preoccupied? anxious? out of sync with God? Is it when you’ve been criticized? praised? overlooked? Know when you’re most vulnerable and stand firm!
What weaknesses do you have that the enemy can appeal to? Is it lack of self-control? an addiction? an attitude? unforgiveness? lack of faith? relying upon your feelings? Know what your weaknesses are and stand firm!