Summary: How to use the Word of God against temptation
IT DOESN’T COST A THING: There are so many things in life that don’t cost a thing. The wind blowing through your hair on a warm spring April day. The sounds of the ocean, as the waves dance and play. The laughter of a child, those are heaven sent. See there are so many things and it doesn’t cost a cent. The lullaby you can hear if you listen to the birds sing, The shimmer of the stars, on a crisp cool evening. The whisper of the trees, when the wind blows through its leaves. Can you see it? Can you feel it? Unbelievably, it doesn’t cost a thing! We all take for granted what was given for free we seek true meaning or purpose in our lives. We see and feel our pain but neglect to see and feel one thing. The best things in life are free! It doesn’t cost a thing!
We are to stand against temptation as Jesus did Luke 4:8
Do you find like I do that when I am mentally or physically spent it is easier for temptation to appear as something that would not be wrong? The Bible says that the Word of God is the “Sword of the Spirit.” It is God’s Word that keeps us pure and even when we are spent mentally and physically as we get into God’s Word and his Word gets into us we are able to overcome temptation. In the Prayer the Lord Jesus gave us He said, “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil (one).” Jesus did not want us to be lead into temptation and He wanted us to be protected from the evil one.
I have used information from the book "Faith Under Fire" by Steven Lawson as a backgrond forthis message. I have added my own illustrations.
A note of history tells us back in 1940, May 26 the allied troops 330,000 made a dangerous withdrawal across the English Channel and the British celebrated as though they had won the war. Winston Churchill made a speech on June 4 that “Wars are not won by evacuations.” He told them they needed to fight and said, “We shall never surrender!” On June 18 Hitler invaded by air and Churchill said, “Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization.” A victory in war does not belong to the fearful. Nor does it belong to the weak. It does not belong to the indifferent. We can only win by facing the enemy head on with fearless courage. We need to fight with enduring, stubborn determination. We see that Jesus did this in His battle in the wilderness with the Devil. He never gave up; He never bowed under and showed persistence. Jesus did not evacuate. Martin Luther stood before the council that want him to take back what he had said and he said, “My conscious is captive to the Word of God, here I stand, I cannot do otherwise.
If we choose to overcome temptation we must have uncompromising determination to stand against anything the Devil throws at us. JAM 4:7 “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.” 1 PT 5:9 “Be firm in the faith and resist him.”
Are you hearing the words “Resist, Stand firm, Fight back, hold your ground, never retreat, attack.” “Jesus answered and said to him.” From these words we have our first point in overcoming temptation.