Summary: JESUS’ VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS SHOWS US HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION IN DAILY LIVING.
AVOIDING LIFES CLIFFS Tackling Temptation Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus was tempted so that every creature in heaven, on earth, or under the earth might know that Jesus Christ is the Conqueror. He exposed Satan and his tactics, and He defeated Satan. Because of His victory, we can have victory over the tempter.
I think that we all understand what temptation is.
There is a story told about A husband took his young daughter to the grocery store to help him buy groceries. In addition to the healthy items on his wife’s carefully prepared list, the two of them returned home with one of those big bags of M&Ms.
His wife said "Why did you buy this?" his wife asked. "You know M&Ms aren’t good for you!"
The husband said "don’t worry, honey, this bag of M&Ms has one-third less calories than usual."
The wife looks over the package. She says, "What makes you think that there are one-third less calories than usual?"
The husband says "Well, we ate about a third of the bag on the way home, so there’s one-third less calories than usual!"
We understand that temptation leads to trouble.
Such was the plight of man that I read about who 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.
This morning we are going to see Jesus meet and master temptation. In this passage we will see three general kinds of temptation that Satan is still using against us.
As we begin our study today it is necessary that we understand that these temptations were very much real. Mark Tells us that Jesus was THRUST into the wilderness by the spirit. Understand Jesus was consumed by MISSION. He was aware of what God had called him too. He was in the wilderness to futher strengthen His mission.
Just as Jesus was moved in the mission of God, every believer has been given a mission. You have a purpose and destiny from the Lord. The devil knows this as well, and so his plan is to distract you from that purpose and destiny. The tool he uses is by tempting you away from what God has for you.
But Jesus example tells us that we do not have to fall victm to temptations grip.
JESUS’ VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION IN THE WILDERNESS SHOWS US HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION IN DAILY LIVING.
This account from Jesus life is recorded in three of the gospels; Matthew, Mark and Luke. Mark is the shortes, and simply says Jesus was thrust into the desert. Luke adds Jesus being full of the Spirit was led into the wilderness for 40 days.
No matter who you are, temptation will always be present. However, you do not have to be a victim of it. As we look at Jesus’ in your face encounter with temptation, we learn four essential lessons as we face temptation.