“The enemy always fights you the hardest when he knows God has something great in store…”
-Joel Osteen (It’s Your Time)
I read this quote in Joel Osteen’s book and realized how this relates to Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. The devil knew what Jesus was called to do.
This is what I learned from reading Luke chapter 4:
- Jesus conquered the wilderness so that we can too
- Once Jesus conquered temptation he could go into ministry
- Once we conquer temptation we will be able to fulfill our ministry (purpose)
The key to Jesus defeating temptation was being filled with (in great PERFECT communication with) the Holy Spirit. It filled him so he wasn’t affected by his physical hunger and knowing the Word of God could be his perfect defense against the devil.