What do you learn from Moses’s example about how to resist temptation? What can you do to strengthen yourself so that you can respond likewise to temptations in your own life?
16 Get thee hence, Satan; deceive me not; for God said unto me: Thou art after the similitude of mine Only Begotten.
[I]n this marvelous vision, Moses beheld God, and he also learned something important about himself: he was indeed a son of God.
Listen carefully to what happened as this wondrous vision closed. “And it came to pass that … Satan came tempting him,” saying, “Moses, son of man, worship me!” Moses courageously replied: “Who art thou? For behold, I am a son of God, in the similitude of his Only Begotten; and where is thy glory, that I should worship thee?”
In other words, Moses said: “You cannot deceive me, for I know who I am. I was created in the image of God. You don’t have His light and glory. So why should I worship you or fall prey to your deception?”
Now pay attention to how Moses further responds. He declares, “Get thee hence, Satan; deceive me not.”
There is much we can learn from Moses’s mighty response to temptation from the adversary. I invite you to respond the same way when you feel influenced by temptation. Command the enemy of your soul by saying: “Go away! You have no glory. Do not tempt or lie to me! For I know I am a child of God. And I will always call upon my God for His help.”
Elder Gary E. Stevenson