How Jesus Overcame Food Temptation

Jesus and Food

Have you ever considered the relationship between Jesus and food?

Yes, food tempted Him too!

Even though the particular food that tempted Him may have been different from ours, the struggle was real nonetheless.

Hebrews 4:15 tells us:

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

So Jesus understands what we are going through!

How Jesus responded to a food temptation gives us a great example of how we too can overcome.

The Temptation

Now Luke 4:1-13 tells of a story of Jesus and food.

In the wilderness, Jesus endured the devil’s temptation. He was fasting for 40 days and of course was hungry.

The first temptation the devil presented to Jesus was an appeal to His flesh: “And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”

You might think: “Well, Jesus was hungry and He surely had the power to turn stones into bread. What was wrong with what Satan suggested?”

The Messenger

Before we assess what Satan said, let’s look at the character of the one who said it. Who is Satan again?

In John 8:44, Jesus called him the father of lies!

Here’s a good principle to follow: Before you receive any message, consider the character of the Messenger.

In John 10:10, Jesus says that Satan comes only to steal, kill, and destroy.

Jesus did not follow Satan’s voice. Instead He was filled with the Holy Spirit. As Believers in Christ, so are we!

Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

Jesus did not make a move unless the Holy Spirit directed Him.

The Response

As God’s children, we should pause when we are tempted to ensure the Holy Spirit guides our actions.

Know this: The enemy wants you to act fast in the face of temptations!

When you act fast, you react to situations rather than respond to them.

Think about this: Is it better to react to a medication or respond to it?

A reaction is like having an allergic emergency, with negative consequences.

Reactions typically mean that you are acting out what you’ve always done, whether it is good for you or not.

But a response is thoughtful, considering not only what is good for you now, but what is good for you in the future.

Will yielding to temptation either steal, kill, or destroy something you care about?

If so, that is a temptation you don’t want any part of!

Get the tempting item out of your sight and do not lead yourself into temptation. It is a losing game.

The Lasting Victory

The devil also began tempting Jesus with the phrase, “If You are the Son of God…” The devil always likes to attack our identity.

He posed the question as if Jesus had something to prove. But Jesus was secure in His identity. He knew who He was and whose He was.

God wants us to be that secure of our identity in Him.

Whenever you meditate upon He who is within you, you gain strength to overcome whatever is outside of you.

However when you give more attention to what is outside of you than the One who is within you, you feel under subjection to outside forces.

So how did Jesus respond to Satan’s temptation?

“But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God (Luke 4:4).” Jesus quoted scripture to the enemy. That is how we should use scripture too.

God’s word is our sword, our offensive weapon!

This particular word affirms that Jesus knew something more important was at stake in the moment than gratifying His flesh.

Eating is good and God created man to enjoy the food we eat. After all, why would He bother to give us taste buds?

But there is a time and a place for everything. Jesus knew that it was not the time nor place to eat.

Scripture promises in 1 Corinthians 10:13,

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

Jesus’ escape was through the Word. So the guidelines are clear.

It takes daily practice so that this response becomes second nature. But isn’t your future worth it to experience the liberty Jesus died to give you?

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1).”

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

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About the author 

Kimberly Taylor

Kimberly Taylor is a certified Christian life coach and has a heart to help others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She lost 85 pounds as a result of implementing techniques to overcome emotional eating and binge eating disorder.

Kim is the author of "The Take Back Your Temple Program," which teaches Christians how to take control of their weight God's way and the books "The Weight Loss Scriptures" and "The Weight Loss Prayers."

Kim has been featured in Prevention Magazine, Charisma Magazine and on CBN’s 'The 700 Club' television program.

  • Life changing lesson! Thank you for being obedient by sharing your testimony! This article has given me a different prospective on how to handle my own challenges.

    • You are welcome, Kesha. It’s not always easy to face food temptations but we have the ability to overcome through Jesus’ example!

  • I just think you are amazing! You present everything so well.. I enjoy all of your emails. One day I hope to try your course (when I can afford it). I currently struggle with binge eating and at 150lb am bot massively overweight but am concerned about my health and long for mental peace. I love the ‘subject’ of food/eating and really hope to have a website of my own one day. Yours is a real inspiration. You have a gift and a very clear and christ centered ministry!
    May God bless you with super grace and provision!

  • That was powerful. To stop and think when faced with temptation that we need to consider if it will kill, steal and destroy. Thank you for your obedience in sharing this information.

  • Thank you for your post Kim. I am continually amazed at the word given in due season and how much God has blessed you with wisdom, insight, and understanding of His word to give to others. You are such a blessing to the body of Christ. Keep listening to Him as you do.

    • I appreciate that Sharon – all glory to our Father! As the years go by, I pray that God give ALL of His people increased hunger for His word and the fulfillment of this scripture: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6) and “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

  • Kimberly , thank you for your article on temptation and the way our Jesus dealt with them.
    May I ask if any of your members have a problem of beating oneself up with guilt and try to clean up a past guilt indulgence with excess exercise, fast or laxatives?
    God bless you and your ministry in Christ Jesus.

    • That is an excellent question, MC! I have heard of Christians who suffer from bulimia, which is the condition you are describing. God has given a word to me for those who suffer from this issue. I am meditating on some scriptures for it and will have an article on this soon. I will email you the link to it also when I post it. God bless you!

      Update: Here is the link to the article. I will email it to you also. God bless you!

  • Thank you Ms. Kimberly. All of the scripture references meditated to my spirit and immediately gave me an empowerment that Jesus lovingly entitled to us all.

    I look forward to reading more of your encouraging and informative articles. God bless.


    • Thanks Karren – I am grateful to God for giving me a hunger to mine His word and live by its truths. He gave us His word to heal us and reveal to us the abundance of peace and truth. May you receive a continual blessing from it.

  • Kimberly,
    I am having trouble eating at night after supper!! Even when I keep the “bad” food out of the house, I find myself over-indulging on oatmeal, cheese, etc.

    Would appreciate prayers for wisdom !

    thank you

    • Hi Debbie – you have my prayers! When you say “overindulge,” what is your standard for eating with self-control in this area? In other words, what do you think would be a reasonable amount to eat after supper that doesn’t stray into overindulging? Once you set that standard as to what eating normally looks like in this area, then you can start to work on strategies to keep that standard.

  • This is about so much more than food. Thank you so much! This is right on time for me in many areas! Be blessed Kimberly in health and wholeness!

  • thank you kim this makes me feel better to know that even jesus was tempted and he was able to resist temptation and so can I

    • It makes me feel better too, Elizabeth! Jesus had to deal with being in an Earthly body. He was tempted, got hungry, was tired as we are. Yet He still fulfilled the purpose God had for Him. When we learn from Him, we too can have confidence that we will finish well.

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