I’m reading the book of Matthew now. Here is something that I picked up this time around for my own arsenal against the enemy of my soul.
Jesus was intentionally led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. After fasting 40 days and 40 nights, the devil crafted his temptation to Jesus’ present need. He was hungry. That is how he works against us also.
Notice the way Jesus countered the temptation. In its kind. In Matthew 4:4 Jesus quoted His word according to its kind: hunger, true bread. “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
Back in creation, Genesis 1:11 says what God said. “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself…”
Jesus quoted His word that was relevant to the temptation. The key: when we are tempted, we grab a verse related to the temptation. It becomes our sword to whack the enemy’s temptation to bits! Tempted to be angry? James 1:19-20 says, “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
As we hide His word in our heart, it is there as a ready sword. I love Psalm 18:42. It says, “Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets.” That’s what we do when we quote His word out loud, wielding our mighty sword for the pulling down of strongholds. There is nothing left.
We fight the temptation according to its kind. The word of God is a seed whose seed is in itself. As we speak His word, it seeds into our heart. It overtakes the weed temptation and renders it impotent. It cannot reproduce.
God’s word prevails and reproduces fruit after its kind. It breaks the power of the enemy’s temptation, but seeds truth into our heart at the same time so we can stand. In Acts 19:19 they burned their books on magic. Verse 20 says, “So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.” Don’t leave a foothold for the devil to encroach.