Summary: Temptations may be bold, or subtle. Temptations may be good things to stand in the way of Devotion Temptations are for one purpose to destroy us

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Lies In Disguise—Battling Temptation

Matthew 4:1-4:8

I think that we all understand what temptation is.

There is a story told about a little boy in a grocery store that I think illustrates the nature of temptation. The boy was standing near an open box of peanut butter cookies. “Now then, young man,” said the grocer as he approached the young man. “What are you up to?” “Nothing,” replied the boy: “Nothing.” “Well it looks to me like you were trying to take a cookie.” “You’re wrong, mister, I’m trying not to!” That’s temptation!!

We understand that temptation leads to trouble.

Such was the plight of man who story was in Reader’s digest. This man said he was shopping in the mall with his wife when a shapely young woman in a short, form fitting dress walked by. He said as she walked by his eyes followed her. Without looking up from the item she was examining his wife asked, “Was it worth the trouble that you are in?

[Drew Anderson. (Tucson, Arizona) Reader’s Digest] That’s the trouble with temptation.

Temptation is one of the enemy’s most powerful "schemes" for misleading God’s people (Eph. 6:11, 16).

It causes us to focus on the "passing pleasures" (Heb. 11:25) of sin instead of the rich rewards of serving God with a pure heart.

Lies In Disguise—Battling Temptation

Temptations may be bold, or subtle

Temptations may be good things to stand in the way of Devotion

Temptations are for one purpose to destroy us

Lets look at satan lies in disguise

Matt 4:1-8 NIV

4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

4 Jesus answered, "It is written: ’Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’"

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 "If you are the Son of God," he said, "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.’"

7 Jesus answered him, "It is also written: ’Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’"

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."

We can count on satan coming to us at certain times

1. First, Matthew 4 records that this temptation of Jesus came directly after He was baptized.

It was here that God the Father spoke and said, “This is my son in whom I am well pleased!” What a spiritual high.

a) You will discover that testing will often come on the heels of a spiritual high point in your life.

b) C. S. Lewis made these insightful observations about temptation: “No man knows how bad he is until he has tried very hard to be good.

2. Secondly, it came at time of physical weakness; Jesus had not eaten in 40 days.

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