Does temptations seem to come in greater force or number when you have been trying harder to do right, or when you have been closer to God? Jesus also experienced this: “in all points tempted as we are.”This was a way to test or reveal before all the watching universe, His complete trust in the Father.His first temptation followed the Holy Spirit’s descent upon Him, the Nature of the 3 temptations
– Matthew 4:1-11.”1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward ahungered.3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down:for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee:and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, andshoweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;9 and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wiltfall down and worship me.10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it iswritten, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thouserve.11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came andministered unto him.
1. satan took advantage of physical weakness.
2. satan offered Jesus an easy, spectacular way to get a following and prove who He was.
3. satan offered Jesus an easy way to gain the world (compromise and worship him).
Jesus answered each time “It is written” In Psalms 119:11 – “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
4. The Word of God is the best defense in any situation.
Will man always resist temptation? No! Will you be discouraged? not a question of if, but when for in the bible, I John 1:8 – “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Paul said, “Don’t worry, instead, pray.” Philippians 4:6.2. When you fail, repent. Psalms 51. I John 1:9 – “If we confessour sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Just as we forgive our own children freely so we must accept God, our heavenly Father’sforgiveness.
Restoration of fellowship comes through forgiveness. The consequences of sin are not necessarily removed. David’s son still dies but God is faithful, “HE will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Temptations are part of God’s plan – to test His people, and purge us of sin. God also makes a way of escape for every temptation He allows satan to come at us with. It is we who give in to our own selfish desires. As a weight lifter faces a training program that the coach has outlined, he must realize that to reach his goal to become better and stronger, he must lift those weights. Just so as a Christian must face the trials and testing that God has planned for his life, and realize that only in facing those trials according to God’s will that greater spiritual strength and maturity will follow.
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