What Jesus Did! 'More Than Bread' — Luke 4:3-4

Friday, February 20, 2015

The devil said to Jesus, "If you are the Son of God, tell this rock to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written {in the Scriptures }: 'It is not just food that keeps people alive.'"
— Luke 4:3-4 NLT
Illustration of Luke 4:3-4 NLT — The devil said to Jesus, "If you are the Son of God, tell this rock to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written {in the Scriptures }: 'It is not just food that keeps people alive.'"

Key Thought

"If you are the Son..." God had affirmed his relationship with his Son at his baptism—"You are my Son, whom I love, with you I am well pleased." Jesus had no reason to doubt his relationship with his Father. With his knowledge of Scripture, he could easily answer Satan's well-timed temptation. But, what are we to learn from this battle? First, Satan knows when, where, and how to attack our vulnerabilities. Second, his enticements are often targeted as a shortcut to a real need. However, our relationship with God, the power of the Holy Spirit in us, and the internalization of biblical truth can help us win our battles, too. The real challenge is for us to keep each of these three areas of our faith strong! So which one most needs your attention?

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, the glorious and Almighty, deepen my relationship with you as I seek to draw closer to you. Have your Spirit take a greater influence in my life as I intentionally seek to yield to your will and your influence in my life. As I read the Bible, press your truth into the fiber of my soul. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 6:10-13
  • 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
  • 1 Peter 5:8

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.