Jesus modeled how to effectively deal with the devil, and get him off our back for the moment with strength and simplicity.
In Luke 4, we learn that in Satan's huge temptation battle against Jesus, he brought the same three areas of temptation from I John 2:16, into his temptations to get Jesus to operate outside of God's perfect will in Luke 4 (this was to get Jesus to sin and disqualify Jesus from being the Savior):
Feed yourself by turning the stones into bread (The lust of the flesh ).
Look at all the worldly kingdoms I am offering to you, just worship me (The lust of the eyes ).
Put your son ship on display before the people and jump off the temple (The boastful pride of life).
In Genesis 3:6, the devil tempted Eve with the same three areas of temptation to get her to eat the fruit God said to not eat, in Gen. 3:6:
The fruit was good for food (Lust of the flesh)
The fruit was a delight to her eyes (lust of the eyes).
The fruit was good for wisdom to be like God (the boastful pride of life).
Christians, Jesus used our most powerful weapon against the devil. Jesus knew the Word of God, and Jesus skillfully used the Word of God, to get the victory over each temptation.
Christians, the devil is constantly trying to discredit us, and ruin our influence among non-Christians, to weaken our influence in our families, in the church, and in the community. Therefore, let us follow in the footsteps of Jesus and skillfully use the Word of God to get the devil off our backs each time he attacks.
Pastor Brian E. Kennedy, Sr.