In the world that we live today, many are the TEMPTATIONS around us that are ready to entice us and lead us to destruction. We have fallen into some already.
TEMPTATION is the DESIRE “to DO or HAVE something that YOU KNOW you should NOT DO or HAVE”.
Eve was tempted in the garden of Eden. She was enticed by the devil into eating the fruit that God told them not to eat and thus they SINNED.
Temptation can lead to sin if not dealt correctly. How do we handle temptations without falling into SIN?
Let us open the treasure book
OPENING THE TREASURE BOOK
Clue: Matthew 4:1-11
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.James 1:13
First thing we should know is that God does not tempt anyone – temptation is not from God. It is from devil.
When Jesus lived on Earth, he too was tempted by the devil, yet he was perfect without sin! How did he overcome the temptations?
Jesus was in the desert fasting for 40 days & 40 nights. Then he was hungry and needed food – a physical need. The devil went to tempt him knowing his current situation and to take advantage of his physical weakness.
Temptation: “If you are the son of God, tell these stones to become bread”. The devil challenged Jesus to prove HE is the son of GOD by turning stones into bread to satisfy his hunger. The devil was trying to prick his Ego by saying “if you are the son of God” do this.
During times of physical or emotional weakness we might act without thinking and give in to temptations. So devil tries to attack us in our weakness as we have bigger chance of falling into temptations then. Be watchful!
How did Jesus respond?
Jesus knew he do not have to prove anything to the devil. Jesus answered quoting the scriptures
“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
Did the devil stop there? NO he did not. Triumphing over one temptation doesn’t mean there won’t be more . Be vigilant always.
Then the devil took Jesus to the holy city and made him stand on the highest point of temple.
Temptation: “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” The devil was challenging Jesus to prove He is the son of GOD by throwing himself down and landing safely with angels. Throwing oneself down will kill – it is self destruction and is a SIN.
Also, because Jesus replied with scriptures the first time, the devil too used the scripture to put across his point- but unlike Jesus, he misquoted .
But Jesus replied,
It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’
Jesus was not provoked by the devil and replied with apt scriptures. We should be very careful not to fall for misinterpreted scriptures.
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
Temptation – “All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.” He wanted Jesus to worship him. Worshipping anyone other than God is Sin.
Jesus is the son of God. He replied,
Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Devil waited and approached Jesus in the time of weakness to tempt him. He tempted Jesus in different ways so as to entice him to SIN. Jesus did not fall into any of the temptation put forth by devil. He resisted the devil and fought him with the scriptures and the devil left him.
Temptation is not from God and it can lead us to SIN
The Word of God is our weapon to fight temptation and overcome it.
Jesus handled each of the temptation, by quoting relevant scriptures. Word of God is the best weapon to fight temptation. Hence we need to learn the scriptures very well.
Jesus also knew his worth very well – Son of God. He knew he doesn’t have to prove anything to the devil. So are we – Children of God. We are not puppets in the hand of devil to jump here and there as he say. Resist the devil and he will flee from us.
Father, thank you for teaching us that we should fight our temptation with word of God. Help us to use realize the temptations in our life and fight it with the right scriptures. Thank you, in Jesus’ name Amen!!!!