June 18, 2024

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Dessert in the Desert? A Devotional From Luke 4:1 – 13

Examine Luke 4:1-13

The to start with observation we can make is the timing and model of the thoughts/temptations by Satan.  When did this occur?  Quickly after Jesus was baptized and the Holy Spirit arrived upon him.  Jesus experienced just made the general public proclamation that he was “open up for company.”  He was led by the Spirit into the desert, presumably to pray and get nearer to God right before he begun his community ministry.  And who was suitable there with him?  Who was watching him and generating observe of what he was carrying out?  Jesus was not taking in, he would use that…  Jesus was praying he would use that…  Jesus was led by the Spirit he would use that far too…  How extended was Jesus tempted?  40 times straight!  Satan is relentless…

How does he start his temptation? (vs. 3, 9) “If you are the Son of God…” He is executing 1 or both equally of two factors. To start with he is introducing doubt. He did this with Eve also see Genesis 3:1. “Did God genuinely say you could not eat…?” To us, nowadays it can sound like this, “Do you actually feel God cares about that?” “You have worked challenging, you are worthy of this.” And so on… The 2nd thing Satan is trying to try in his issue is an attractiveness to your ego. He is daring Jesus. “If you are actually the Son of God, then do this…” What is the root of all sin? Ego, pride, you wanting to be God, just like Satan. I know you you should not say just before you sin, “I want to be God, so I will do this sin.” But guess what? You are declaring that. By choosing to sin, you are indicating to God, “In this situation, I know much better than you.”

How does Satan try out to attraction to Jesus? He takes advantage of three distinctive temptations, in this buy. Initial he tries to attractiveness to a actual physical want/want. Jesus was hungry he hadn’t eaten for 40 days. Satan noticed this, so tried using to temp him where he realized he could be weak. This ought to not be glossed over. Think about how hungry He would be? Have you at any time stated this to yourself? “I have not had this in a extended time, I are entitled to it…” In this situation Satan tells Jesus to “explain to” the stone to develop into bread.

He could not get Jesus to tumble by attractive to his bodily want, so he steps it up. Up coming he tries to temp him by desirable to his extensive time period vision or desire. (At the very least what he assumes is his extended phrase vision or desire) Are you undertaking all matters according to the Bible at function? Have you ever minimize corners, cheated, fudged a tiny to assistance along in your very long phrase aspiration? In this circumstance Satan tells Jesus to “worship.”

The previous attractiveness Satan helps make to Jesus is to throw himself off of the Temple and have God save him. In essence he is telling Jesus to problem God. If Jesus can toss himself off of the Temple and God will conserve him, then Jesus is Lord in excess of God. In this scenario Satan tells Jesus to “throw, or (obstacle).”

So what are we meant to do when tempted? You know the declaring, “What would Jesus do…WWJD.” Nicely what did Jesus do? He quoted scripture. By executing this, He acknowledged that he followed God. How was he capable to quotation scripture? He realized scripture. What have to we do to know scripture? Read the Bible. We all know we need to not steal, but what about a very little tougher predicament? Instance: my niece is just about finished with higher education. She requires to borrow $2500 to complete this semester. Her dad and mom are in challenging money shape. She is a fantastic child. You have the revenue. What do you do? What does the Bible say you should really do? There is only a person way to know, and that is to know what the Bible suggests. Jesus quoted a diverse part of scripture to counter any temptation Satan experienced.

But right here is where by it actually gets difficult… search at Satan’s progression. First he tempted with the simplest form. he went immediately after the actual physical want/want to be glad. Following he progressed to the dream or grander kind. And finally, he went for a immediate challenge to be God. But how did he do it? He quoted scripture much too! His scripture seemed to suit. It appeared to be applicable. In other phrases, Satan understands how to use the scripture, so you experienced improved know it also. This is frightening. How can you defeat Satan? I will alleviate you from that get worried appropriate now. You cannot! Nonetheless, if you go again to verse 1, it claims that Jesus was total of the Spirit he was getting led by the Spirit. You won’t be able to defeat Satan, but the Spirit can. And he will assistance you if you attractiveness to him.

So soon after all of this, just after satan experienced unsuccessful to temp Jesus for 40 times is a much better and much better progression, he give up. It say’s he left…

…until an opportune time. Be on the observe. Dwell in the Spirit.