Jan
25

Dealing with Temptation

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The Scripture tells us that "Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." Then it says that Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights.

We know as we look back to this occasion that Jesus was about to begin his earthly ministry. Can we draw the conclusion that we might also face seasons of temptation before we are released into new levels of ministry?

The final temptation was a temptation for Jesus to receive power and glory if he would fall down and worship the devil. It came right on the heels of two other powerful temptations. Yes, temptations. Hebrews records for us that Jesus was tempted in all points as we are, yet he never succumbed to the temptations. He never sinned.

So imagine Jesus after forty days and forty nights of fasting. Tired. Lonely. Hungry. And here comes a third temptation.

Power and glory belong to Jesus. They are rightfully his. Yet Satan tried to get Jesus to receive what was rightfully his by short cutting God’s plan. "Just do it the easy way. You can have the glory and power now. Just worship me."

This wasn’t a new song and dance for Satan. He was kicked out of heaven for the same issue.

Jesus answered the temptation by saying "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve."

If Jesus needed to use the Word to face temptation successfully, we also must know and use the Word of God in order to pass the tests that come our way.

Notice that he didn’t command Satan to leave him after the first two temptations. But now, he knew it was time. He spoke in authority. He knew this season of temptation was over.

"Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him." Be encouraged if you are in a season of temptation. There is a designated end to the season and when it comes, the forces of evil will leave – for a while- and God will minister to you.

 

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