Summary: Satan's Temptations: Use Your power to your own benefit Use Your spiritual insights to impress others and test God Use Your freedom to bow down to one other than God-so you can gain power Jesus sets the model for us to gain victory against Satan's attack
The Temptation of Jesus
Matthew 4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness 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 shall 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.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
“Tell these stones to become bread”
Use Your power to your own benefit
“Throw Yourself down”
Use Your spiritual insights to impress others and test God
Use Your freedom to bow down to one other than God-so you can gain power
The Lust of the Flesh, the Lust of the Eyes, the Pride of Life
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[d] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
The CONTEXT: Just after Jesus’ baptism, the Spirit descends, the Father speaks from heaven saying “this is my beloved Son. Hear him”. Jesus is lead into the wilderness to be tempted.
Our greatest temptations often come after a time of spiritual victory.
After the time on the mountaintop retreat we have to return to the valley.
After times in the forest we always have to come back to the city.
These are the times when the enemy will often attack, when we think we are at our best. As Paul said
“11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation[c] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[d] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:11-13