As I read through the account of Jesus’ temptation (Matthew 4:1-11), I was reminded th…at a knowledge of God’s Word is absolutely essential to combat temptation. For every sinful opportunity that Satan verbally threw at Jesus, Jesus deflected the poisonous dart by saying, “It is written…” and then quoting Scripture.
Internalizing (reading / meditating on / memorizing) God’s Word so that we have immediate access to it when tempted is vital! It is the weapon we’ve been given to fight off the enemy in the face of immediate temptation. We are engaged in spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10-18) so we must arm ourselves with “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
It is a foolish Christian indeed who fails to arm himself/herself with a growing knowledge of God’s Word. By failing to take the time to internalize God’s Word, they will be forced to take the time to spend in guilt, confession and repentance.