In the gospel written by Mathew chapter 4, we come across the Scene of the great temptation, where the devil tried to tempt Jesus Christ away from his mission on earth. This incident is a turning point in the history of the world above all, it is an exemplary display of obedience to God and rejection of the devil.
Verses - Mathew 4 (NIV)
1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
3The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."
4Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
Mathew's Account, Chapter 4 (The Concordant Literal New Testament)
1 Then Jesus was led up into the wilderness by the spirit to be tried by the Adversary.
2 And, fasting forty days and forty nights, subsequently He hungers.
3 And, approaching, the trier said to Him, "If you are God's Son, say that these stones may be becoming cakes of bread."
4 Yet He, answering, said, "It is written, 'Not on bread alone shall man be living, but on every declaration going out through the mouth of God.'"
Why did Jesus not turn stones to bread? Is it a sin to turn stones to bread? It is not written anywhere in the law that you should not turn stones to bread. Friends, Jesus is one who walked the talk. Later Jesus teaches his disciples that "I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master..(John 13:16)". A servant always obeys his master. if he does not obey, he is not subjected to the person who commands.
The fact that it was the devil who told him to turn stones to bread made all the difference. Devil is cunning and subtle, he disguises his commands in sweet talk and nudges the ego first to prove itself - there by making the person subject to his commands. Jesus knew this and though he was hungry, he refused to be taken for a ride by the devil - even though it was perfectly within His control to change those stones into bread. As you read the bible, you will come across many, many instances where Jesus prayed for and worked mighty miracles according to the will of God.
Jesus refused to be a puppet in the hands of His tempter. Why should he run after the devil when He has the Father? Jesus understood this very clearly.
We say we follow Christ but, are we following the example set by Him? Even when we know it is sin, we cajole God into agreeing and like a habitual drunkard we promise that this is the last time. We keep on repeating the mistakes again and again.
In the New Testament nothing is forbidden, but not all things are profitable. Before we do anything it would be wise to spend a moment in prayer, find out if it is from the devil or if it is from God. Then make a choice based on whom you subject to. We should prefer subjection to God for he has told that His yoke is light and more than that, he says the most precious words that will touch the hearts of a servant - the words of freedom -"I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15)"
Do not be a puppet in the hands of the devil, he is an oppressor and enemy of all people, he comes to thieve, kill and destroy, but God wills to save you, make you free and above all, make you a friend!