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Summary: An obedient life is pleasing to God.

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Text: Mark 1:12-13

And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.

And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan;

and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

Intro: The temptation of Christ: —

Where our Captain bids us go,

’Tis not ours to murmur no;

He that gives the sword and shield

Chooses too the battlefield

Where we are to fight the foe.

Source Unknown.

An awful and mysterious passage in the life of

One whose tastes and habits were the very opposite

of those of the prophet of the desert —

One who loved men and cities, social dialogue, and

scenes of active usefulness.

No sooner does Jesus undergo the high consecration

of baptism than, instead of stepping forth into public life,

He flees to solitude.

We cannot uncover the deep mystery of this season of

thought and trial.

The Spirit descended on Christ driving Him to solitude

and meditatation on the great work which lay before him.

There, in a wilderness setting, Jesus could consider the

need to obtain inward mastery of His own stupendous


He could there wrestle with and conquer the fearful

temptations that would rise up, urging Him to desecrate

those powers to selfish purposes.

Theme: An obedient life is pleasing to God.


A. He was tested to be our example.

B. by the more searching ordeal of a direct persuasion to evil

1. In all there is a lower as well as a higher nature.

a. a self-interest

b. as well as a conscience of duty

2. If Christ was tempted, it follows that

a. No innocence and no strength can make a soul

never to be tempted.

b. to feel the force of temptation is no proof of

guilty compliance.

II. Christ was tempted BY SATAN.

A. Temptation arises from without as well

as from our own hearts.

B. This is why the purest mind is liable to it.

C. Man is tempted when he is drawn away of his

own lusts and enticed.

D. James 1:12 "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:

for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life,

which the Lord hath promised to them that love him."


A . The greatest obstacles often beset the first steps

of a new course —

1. in attempting a new work

2. in first attacking a bad habit

3. in entering on the Christian life

4.This tests genuineness and teaches humility,

self-constraint, and reliance on God.

B. It is a great thing to begin the Christian campaign

with a victory in the first battle ( i.e., making that

first sale ).


INFLUENCES. “The Spirit driveth Him.”

A. God permits, nay, requires, us to pass through

the fire of temptation.

Illustration: Instant obedience is the only kind of obedience there is;

delayed obedience is disobedience. Whoever strives to withdraw from

obedience, withdraws from Grace.

_____Thomas a Kampis

B. Great spiritual happiness is often followed by deep

depression, i.e., Elijah. C. New endowments bring new dangers. Those who

stand highest are in danger of falling lowest. D. Illustration on despair: It is often in our darkest times that God makes

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