But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:3-4
Two observations here are:
1. There is an active tempter who tries to get us to stumble in our faith. His method from the days of Adam and Eve is to twist the truth. We should always be on the alert. I notice that when I’m traveling in a new or unfamiliar place overseas my senses are heightened because of possible unseen danger. We need to remind ourselves that with an active enemy trying to trip us up, we need to stay on alert.
2. The other observation is to answer the temptation’s lie with the truth of Scripture. Notice that it wasn’t just that Jesus was aware of a particular verse; he was able to quote the specific verse to deal with the specific temptation.
Here are three verses to consider memorizing:
Dealing with Greed: Matt 6:20-21 But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Dealing with Lust: Matt 5:28 But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Dealing with Pride: James 4:6 But He gives greater grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.