Key Scripture: Matthew 4:1-3
God took on the shape of a man to partake of man’s weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus became a human and was tempted like us. Have you complained a lot of the times when you have been tested and tempted, do you easily give up? Jesus brought himself so low to the point of human beings that Angels came to minister to him, showing us that Angels will minister to us also in our time of need (Philippians 2:5-7). When you are tested and tried it is so that the goodness of God will come out of you.
When you are born again, the grace of God will sustain you. These are the days of strong temptations and you will not be lured away in Jesus name. Those who are born again will be tested and tried. The who have made an open declaration of faith will be tested and tried. Baptism is an open declaration and the grace of God is sufficient to sustain you.
The common patterns of temptation which sometimes lead to sin is found in 1 John 2:15-16: the lust of the flesh; the lust of the eyes; and the pride of life. The lust of the flesh is the desires of the flesh, you need to tame the flesh and control what you do and where you go. There are also monetary lusts, the lusts for power and pleasure (Mark 4:19). Lusts take away the word of God from the heart of Man. The lust of the eyes include watching things that are not pleasing to God. The pride of life includes boasting and the wrong use of social media.
Jesus was tempted yet without sin. The act of temptation is not sin but what comes after can be. Mathew 4:3-4 – here Jesus was able to give the devil a specific answer to the temptation. Paul said that we should flee from the appearance of evil. If you don’t understand certain things, sit at the feet of Christ (Mathew 4:7).
Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. When you put yourself in danger because of ignorance it is tempting God. When you deliberately ignore instructions or walk into danger this is tempting God. We cannot take the things of God for granted. You have to make sure that when you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death it is because your enemy wants to attack you, not because you have put yourself in harms way. Your friendship with the world is enmity with God. Make sure that before you are doing things you are covered. Exodus 17:6-7 – We must also consider loose talk, sometimes the punishment of the people of Israel was not through what they did but what they said.
Mathew 4:8-11 – when you bow to the desires of the world, you are worshipping the anti-Christ. The worship of the beast may be subtle but 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to “be sober and vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. Resist the devil steadfastly and please the Lord.