Summary: This is the fourth sermon in the series "Finding Freedom From Sin". This sermon looks at how Satan tempts us and how to avoid being hooked.
Sunday Evening August 26, 2001 Bel Aire Baptist Church, Hobbs, New Mexico
Series: Finding Freedom From Sin #4
SATAN’S FISHING TRIP
1. As Christians we are called to be fishers of men, but there is something that I think we don’t realize sometimes and that is the fact that Satan is a fisher of men also. He would love nothing more than to lure you in and hook you. We have all been bombarded with temptation and even Jesus was tempted. The difference is, Jesus was not hooked.
2. As a fisherman, I have learned several things concerning fishing.
a. First, always fish where you know there are fish and know the conditions of the place where you will be fishing.
b. Second, find out what the fish are biting.
c. Third, be persistent.
3. Satan is a good fisherman and he also uses these tactics when he out fishing.
a. Satan is not omnipresent, meaning that he is not everywhere at the same time, so he has to decide where and when he is going to go fishing.
b. Once he gets to his location, he figures out what lure will work and he goes to work.
c. Satan is always persistent.
4. Let’s look this evening how to have victory over temptation and not become one of Satan’s catches.
5. Turn with me to Luke 4:1-13.
When does Satan tempt us?
A. High Spiritual Experiences
1. Matthew 4 records that this temptation of Jesus happened directly after He was baptized.
2. Jesus had received the approval of His Father who said, “This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.”
3. Temptation often happens after a high spiritual experience.
B. Physical Weakness
1. Jesus did not eat during those 40 days.
2. Imagine the physical strain upon Jesus’ body.
3. Temptations often happen during a time of physical sickness, or when the body is in a weak state or when hungry or tired.
1. Jesus was alone during this time.
2. His disciples were not there.
3. Temptation often happens when we are alone.
What is the design of these lures?
A. To Sin Against God
1. Satan was trying to get Jesus to sin against God so that He would be disqualified from being the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.
2. All through these temptations Satan attempts to get Jesus to bypass the cross, by which He would save all believing mankind.
3. Satan knew that if he could get Jesus to short-circuit the cross that all mankind would be lost, and must suffer in eternal hell to pay the price for their sins.
B. To Doubt Our Relationship With God
1. Satan wants us to doubt our relationship with God, and to become independent of Him in meeting our own needs.
2. Notice the first temptation in verses 3-4.
a) The devil said, “IF You are the Son of God.”
b) See how he attempts to cast doubt upon Jesus’ identity and relationship with His Father?
3. Notice again, that the devil said, “Tell these stones to become bread.”
a) He did not say, “Pray to your Father in heaven and ask for bread,” but rather “take matters into your own hands and provide for your own needs.”
b) The devil hates anything requiring humility and dependence upon God, and loves to tell us of our own self-sufficiency.