Overcoming Temptation…

Read: Matthew 4; Luke 4-5
Marked: Luke 4:1-2, Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

We can all be tempted, but we should not think that temptation comes on us suddenlys. Jesus was tempted by the devil for forty days and then the real attack began.

He attacked Jesus in His hunger (V2-3). What is it I hunger for? Do I hunger for the things of this world or for the things of God? If for the things of this world, should I be surprised that I will be attacked by the enemy?

He attacked Jesus in His position (V5-7). Though Christ had great power and authority He chose meekness and humility. Am I tempted to want more; more power, more authority, or am I willing to leave the world behind and embrace the place and position God has place me in?

He attacked Jesus’ faith in the Father. Am I ever tempted to abandon the things of God, thinking my life is not worth living, or have a lack of self esteem, or suffer despondency? (V9). Jesus responded in the way I should. There is much more to life than what I know and desiring more out of life will not prepare me for the next.

Power and prestige are fleeting. There is always someone who seeks to take it from you. Life is worth the living if we learn to serve the Author of life.

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