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This is very instructive. Jesus is immersed in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit led him into the wilderness. There he was tempted by the devil. And, by the power of the Holy Spirit and the word of God, he survived temptation and stayed faithful to God.

 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil

English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Matthew 4:1

How powerful is the Holy Spirit? Powerful enough to allow us to resist any temptation of the devil.

We have an adversary. It is the devil. The Greek word here is διάβολοςa, ου m (a title for the Devil, literally ‘slanderer’); Σατανᾶςa, ᾶ m (a borrowing from Aramaic; a title for the Devil, literally ‘adversary’): the principal supernatural evil being—‘Devil, Satan.’ Source: Johannes P. Louw and Eugene Albert Nida, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains (New York: United Bible Societies, 1996), 144.

When we are immersed in the Holy Spirit and know the word of God, our adversary will tuck tail and run. Now that is some very good news.

From the high and holy experience of blessing at the Jordan, Jesus was led into the wilderness for testing. Jesus was not tempted so that the Father could learn anything about His Son, for the Father had already given Jesus His divine approval. Jesus was tempted so that every creature in heaven, on earth, or under the earth might know that Jesus Christ is the Conqueror. He exposed Satan and his tactics, and He defeated Satan. Because of His victory, we can have victory over the tempter.

Furthermore, the Holy Spirit gives us the power to conquer. We are “more than conquerors,” literally, “we are super-conquerors” through Jesus the Messiah! He gives us victory and more victory! We need not fear life or death, things present or things to come, because Jesus the Messiah loves us and gives us the victory. This is not a promise with conditions attached: “If you do this, God will do that.” This security in Jesus and the Holy Spirit is an established fact, and we claim it for ourselves because we are in Jesus. Nothing can separate you from His love and the Holy Spirit! Believe it—and rejoice in it!

  • James 1:12 —Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Master has promised to those who love Him.
  • Romans 8:37 —But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
  • Hebrews 2:18 —For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.
  • Hebrews 4:15–16 —For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
  • James 1:2–3 —Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
  • 1 John 4:4 —You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

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