Prior to beginning his ministry on earth, Jesus faced three temptations during a forty day fast. The first was physical as the Devil attacked the human bodies dependence on food. According to Matthew 4:4, relying on the spiritual, the Bible, strengthens minds. Yet, seeking God is much more than overcoming temporary pleasures.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well, Matthew 6:33.
Not giving up, Satan fought back, testing Jesus to see if He was willing to use God’s power for his own glory. The request was not impossible. Jesus could have called on angels to save His life. This mental temptation feeds on pride, daring souls to prove the Devil wrong. Instead of participating in this folly by lowering God’s standards, Jesus quotes scripture to expose the Devil’s cunning plot. The key to righteousness is remaining humble, wrestling with desires of the sinful nature to keep in step with the Holy Spirit.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own, Matthew 6:34.
The final obstacle Jesus overcame was devotion, who will you worship? The Father of Lies continues to make empty promises today, deceiving the uneducated daily. Knowing and practicing foundational biblical truths is the last step of obedience before you can experience the promise of Matthew 6:33. Although young men stumble and fall, seeking God and his righteousness must be your top authority. Until this occurs, all these things are just a fantasy. However, when you cross this threshold, following in the footsteps of Christ, the Lord will begin to provide in supernatural ways.
by Jay Mankus