Notice the three areas in which Satan tempted Christ: (1) Provision. “Command that these stones become bread” (Mt 4:3 NKJV). This addresses one of our greatest fears-that if we don’t look out for ourselves nobody else will. So Jesus says: “Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’…. your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt 6:31-33 NKJV). (2) Protection. Satan took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple and said, “If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over You'” (Mt 4:5-6 NKJV). This addresses another of our core fears-that God may not protect us. Satan whispers, “You’re on the pinnacle of success right now, but you could easily go over the edge.” When you start thinking like that-claim this promise: “In the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavillion” (Ps 27:5 NKJV). (3) Position. “The devil took Him up an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord Your God, and Him only shall you serve.'” (Mt 4:8-10 NKJV). Now, there’s nothing wrong with wanting provision, protection, and position. The temptation is to try and get them through your own devices and for your own ends.
Part of dealing with temptation is in how you view it. A good word here.
Christ’s temptation in the wilderness answers two questions: (1) Who is tempted? Everyone! If Jesus was tempted, you’ll be tempted too. Now, you can be victorious over temptation, but you can’t pray temptation away. Satan tried different approaches with Jesus and he will do the same with you. Being tempted doesn’t mean you’re not in the will of God, it just means that Satan doesn’t give up his rule in your life without a fight. The battle begins the moment you decide to serve God, and the attacks come at you every day. So, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Eph 6:11 NIV). (2) When are you tempted? When you have an important role to play in God’s plan you’re a high value target to the devil. Matthew records, “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” But notice what had just taken place before this: “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased'” (Mt 3:16-17 NKJV). So temptation is a compliment; it proves you are called by God. And it’s also a confirmation; it’s evidence that you are walking in His will. Following His temptation, we read, “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee” (Lk 4:14 NKJV). And you will too!