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Summary: Temptation always follows the same road. And Thomas isn’t the only one who doubts!

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TEMPTATION’S ROAD

LUKE 4:1-13

Luke 4:1-13

1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert,

2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

3 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."

4 Jesus answered, "It is written: ’Man does not live on bread alone.’"

5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.

6 And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.

7 So if you worship me, it will all be yours."

8 Jesus answered, "It is written: ’Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’"

9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here.

10 For it is written: "’He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;

11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’"

12 Jesus answered, "It says: ’Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’"

13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

(NIV)

Temptation always follows the same

ROAD!

James 1:14

14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire,

he is dragged away and enticed. (NIV)

Satan’s Approach:

1) The Avenue - DESIRE

Desire is not necessarily a bad thing. To be passionate is important to the fulfilment of your dreams and plans. The word used here for "Lust" or "desire" means "close heat" or "intense heat". Satan’s approach to tempt us to sin follows the desire that is already active.

With Eve, it was a desire to be like God, knowing good and evil.

Genesis 3:1-6

1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, ’You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?"

2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,

3 but God did say, ’You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’"

4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman.

5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

(NIV)

With Jesus, it was hunger.

Luke 4:1-2

1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert,

2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

(NIV)

By the way, here is one of the ways I am not like Jesus: After forty days, He was hungry! I am usually hungry in less than four hours!


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