We need to be on guard at all times. The devil tried to convince Jesus that he wasn’t who he thought he was. In Matthew 4 and Luke 4, the devil said to Jesus mockingly, “If you are the Son of God, tell the stone to become a loaf of bread.” But Jesus didn’t buy into that nonsense. Jesus quoted the scripture back to the devil. If that’s what Jesus did, then that’s what we should do. Don’t fall for the lies!
The devil knows that we will start doubting our authority over him if he torments us enough. If he can convince us that we are not who we think we are in Christ Jesus, then we become powerless against him. He doesn’t want us to be strong in our belief that we are who God says we are and we can do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength, just like Philippians 4:13 tells us. Because of Jesus, we have dominion over the devil. If Jesus had given into the lies of the enemy, like we do, then it would be all over for us.
One thing Jesus did from an early age was study and learn God’s word. He knew it inside out. When he was tested, he knew that quoting the scriptures would defeat the devil. Each time the devil tried to tempt Jesus, the word of God stopped him in his tracks. That’s why the living word of God is our deadliest weapon in battle. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places; according to Ephesians 6:12. We can’t go into battle unprepared.