Mat 4:2 —3 (MSG)
2 Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights. That left him, of course, in a state of extreme hunger, 3 which the Devil took advantage of in the first test: “Since you are God’s Son, speak the word that will turn these stones into loaves of bread.”
It’s very interesting that Satan clarifies that Jesus is the son of God. He tells him since you are the son of God speak the word. Because Jesus knows 100% who he is, he didn’t take the bait. It would have been very easy for Jesus to work a miracle to prove who he was. You might say that would be a works mentality. Satan was trying to get Jesus to prove his identity by his performance.
When you have to perform to prove who you are that comes from a sense of lack. I don’t know personally but I’d be willing to bet that Jesus didn’t think God had abandoned him just because he was starving from fasting for 40 days. He just rested in who he was. I wonder if he thought, well here we go again! your going to try and get me to question who I am but it’s not going to work. I know who I am.
Psalm 23:1 the Lord is my shepherd I shall not be in want.
The Lord says that we have everything. You either Believe it or you don’t. When you don’t believe the promises of God, that comes from having a sense of lack or a desire of something that God says you already have but you don’t believe it. My opinion.
I’ll be willing to bet that most of us don’t see us the exact same way that God sees us. His view of us is wholeness and confidence, in our view, many times connects us to fear and lack.
Col 1:21 — Col 1:22 (ESV Strong’s)
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
You don’t have to do anything to prove who you are, it is already been done you are Holy and blameless.
The same power that raised Jesus from the dead, that conquered sin, that filled him with righteousness, that conquered death and the devil is at work in me right now. Believe it!
I am a conqueror!