What Did Jesus Do When He Was Tempted
What was the Lord like when he was a child? The Bible tells us that Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). But this is really all we know about His childhood. One thing we do know, however, is that Jesus experienced temptation while He was on earth. And while some may say that this means He was not sinless, we can also look at how He handled these temptations to see how we should handle our own.
He drew strength from the Scriptures.
When Jesus was tempted by Satan, He “took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them” (Luke 22:19). These were the same words that God spoke to Moses over 3,500 years earlier in Deuteronomy 6:16. This Scripture is also echoed in Matthew 4:4; 1 Corinthians 10:3-4; Hebrews 4:14-15; and James 1:25. The Bible says that Jesus “gave thanks” for the food He was about to eat (Luke 22:19) even though he knew that his life would soon be taken from him on a cross for our sins!
It was through these Scriptures that Jesus drew strength from throughout His ministry on earth—and we can do the same thing today!
He resisted Satan’s initial temptation.
At first, Jesus resisted the devil’s initial temptation by quoting the Bible.
“Deuteronomy 8:3: ‘Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
He relied on God’s strength.
Jesus was tempted in the desert by Satan. He used God’s words against Satan, and Jesus won the battle. We can do the same when we are tempted. God will help us stand firm against temptation if we call on him for help, even during difficult situations like those faced by Jesus during his forty days in the desert.
Learn from his example.
You can learn from Jesus’ example. When you are tempted, you can look at what He did and ask how you can do the same thing.
You can also learn about resisting temptation by looking at what Jesus did when He was tempted.
When you want to resist temptation, it is good to see how Jesus resisted temptations.
You will be able to resist temptation better if you rely on God’s strength instead of your own strength for support and help when facing temptation.
Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus’ example of victory over Satan.
When you’re tempted in the same ways that Jesus was, know that he has already been there. And he overcame. He is a great example for us of how to resist temptation and overcome it.
Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus’ example of victory over Satan. You are not alone! That’s one thing I’ve learned from this whole experience—we are never alone in our sin or our temptation. God is with us through everything in life, including our temptations and sins!
Remember to study God’s Word.
- Remember to study God’s Word.
- We need to be like Jesus and pray for God’s help. He won’t leave us alone in our struggles and neither should we leave Him alone.
- Remember that God has given us His steadfast love, which casts out fear (1 John 4:18). He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). We will also not be tempted beyond our ability to resist (James 1:2-8).
- Study the Bible regularly and take it into your heart so that you know how to respond when you feel it slipping away from under your feet!
Know you can rely on God’s strength to resist Satan’s temptations.
Jesus is our example, and we can rely on his strength to resist Satan’s temptations. We should ask God for his strength and pray that the Lord be our helper when we do battle with Satan. If you find yourself being tempted by something, fight back! Don’t let him win!
We can all learn from how Jesus responded when he was tempted by Satan.
As a Christian, you will be tempted. It’s inevitable. When you find yourself in a situation where temptation is present, remember that Jesus is your example of how to respond. He resisted the devil’s temptations and remained faithful to God—and he wants you to do the same!
The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:21-25 that we should follow Jesus as our example in everything we do (including resisting temptation). We can follow his example by remembering that he was tempted too, but he did not give into it because God’s Spirit was alive inside of him (see Heb 4:15-16).
Hopefully this article has helped you to see the purpose of temptation in your life. When we are tempted, it’s not because God is testing us or trying to trip us up; he wants us to grow and mature as Christians so that we can be more like his Son. Therefore, the only way to resist temptation is by relying on Jesus Christ and using his Word as our weapon against Satan’s attacks. We must learn from our mistakes because they reveal weaknesses in ourselves that need strengthening through prayer and study of God’s Word.