The devil tries to get every person to sin. Maybe it is hard for you to say “no” to the devil. The devil may not tempt you to kill someone or rob a bank, but he may tempt you to lie, be jealous or be angry.
When Jesus was preparing to start His ministry, He went alone to the desert for forty days. Why? So He could fast (not eat) and pray. When Jesus was weak and very hungry, the devil tempted Him three times. The devil tempted Jesus to turn rocks into bread so He would have something to eat. Then he tempted Jesus to jump off a very high place on the temple building to prove that Jesus had power. And then the devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world. The devil said to Jesus in verse 9, “If you will bow down and worship me, I will give you all these things.”
What did Jesus do? Jesus used the Bible to defeat the devil. Each time the devil tempted Jesus, He repeated Bible verses. This is what we should do when the devil tempts us. The next time you are tempted to sin, remember what the Bible says. Use God’s Word to say “no” to the devil.