1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. The Spirit led him into the desert. 2 There the devil tempted him for 40 days.Jesus ate nothing during that time. At the end of the 40 days, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread." 4 Jesus answered, "It is written, 'Man doesn't live only on bread.' " (Deuteronomy 8:3) 5 Then the devil led Jesus up to a high place. In an instant, he showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world. 6 He said to him, "I will give you all their authority and glory. It has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 So if you worship me, it will all be yours." 8 Jesus answered, "It is written, 'Worship the Lord your God. He is the only one you should serve.' " (Deuteronomy 6:13) 9 Then the devil led Jesus to Jerusalem. He had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here.10 It is written," 'The Lord will command his angels to take good care of you. 11 They will lift you up in their hands. Then you won't trip over a stone.' " (Psalm 91:11,12) 12 Jesus answered, "Scripture says, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' " (Deuteronomy 6:16) 13 When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.
Christ's defeat of the devil in the desert was decisive but not final. Throughout his ministry, Jesus would confront Satan in many forms. Too often we see temptation as once and for all. In reality, we need to be constantly on guard against the devil's ongoing attacks. Where are you most susceptible to temptation right now? How are you preparing to withstand it? (Life Application Study Bible, 10/10/12)