“Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” (Luke 4:4)
When the Bible becomes a part of us it renews our mind and, as a result, we begin to think like Jesus. And when we think like Jesus, it changes the way we respond to temptations.
A great example of this was a high school student whose school band was performing on a Caribbean cruise. One night his friends tried to entice him into the ship’s bar, but Jeff (whose mother was an alcoholic) had memorized verses in Proverbs about the dangers of drinking alcohol. He refused his friends invitation to go have a drink and quoted to them (Prov. 20:1) “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”
They replied, “Come on, Jeff. Just one beer won’t hurt.” He replied by quoting (Prov. 23:32), “At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” They accused him of rejecting their company, to which he said, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not” (Prov. 1:10). After he quoted that last verse, one of the boys was heard to say, “Come on, let’s go, guys. He’s so full of the Bible we can’t do anything with him!”
That is how Jesus defeated Satan when He was being tempted in the wilderness; He used the Word of God. Wouldn’t it be great if the next time Satan tried to tempt you, he finally gave up and said, “I’m leaving. They are so full of the Bible that I can’t do anything with them”
Read, study, and memorize God’s Word. Not only will it fill you up, but it will also defeat Satan, too!