Just as Jesus responded to Satan’s temptations by saying, “It is written,” so can we follow his example when we are faced with challenges in our lives.
Matthew 4:1-11New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
We have a high priest who understands the challenges we face. You can be Christ-like when you say, “It is written.” But you must know what is written.
When Jesus comes out of the wilderness at this time, he has not yet performed one miracle. But he walks in the power of the Holy Spirit, the power of God.
We are called to face life in the power of God. When you are born again, you have that wall-to-wall TNT dynamic dunamis power of God inside you. It may not yet be tapped.
You have living power. You have vibrant power because you are born again and you are Holy Spirit filled. We have healing power on the inside of us. Mercy power, love power, grace power, anointing power —
When you’re in the wilderness, whatever wilderness that is, be it sickness or disease, you can say, “It is written: I am healed by his stripes.”