When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-10), how did Jesus combat the temptations? He proclaimed the Word of God over and above the temptations of the enemy.
When Satan suggested that Jesus – who had been fasting for 40 days – should turn stones into bread, Jesus didn’t say, “What a ridiculous idea.”
He also didn’t entertain the thought: “Hmmm. You know, I am hungry. Maybe just that small stone could be a nice hard roll.”
No. He didn’t hang around wondering. He immediately declared the truth of the Word. “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
So, what is He doing? He immediately goes into the offensive mode.
Picture it like this: Satan comes at Jesus with his best thrust of the sword. He jabs at Jesus in what appears to be a vulnerability, a weaknesses – of course it was only a temporary weakness, He was hungry, but a weakness nonetheless.
And what does Jesus do? He backpeddles and tries to dodge the sword thrust, right? No. He immediately starts swinging His own sword – the Word.
But He’s not flailing around. He’s not some untrained novice who is hoping that — maybe – He might get a few good jabs at His opponent before the opponent takes Him out. No. He’s a skilled and prepared warrior, ready to take on His opponent.
I picture it like Satan’s words are barely out of his mouth and Jesus is already taking up His own sword and beating back His enemy.
I’ll be honest. That’s not always my method of operation. And, I’d be willing to bet it’s not always yours either. But it’s what Jesus did.
Maybe it’s time for you and me to take the offensive and wield the sword of the Word.