S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’”
Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.’”
Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”
“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.’” Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus. Matthew 4:1–11 NLT
Jesus indicated that while our bodies need food, true life requires God’s Word. Are you regularly “consuming” God’s Word? What effect is it having on your life and relationships?
Why do you think God taught us not to “test” him? Do you ever struggle with having a critical or judgmental attitude towards God?
What temporary and tempting pleasures are you giving up so that you can follow Jesus?
Lord, lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one.