GET TOGETHER- OVERCOMING TEMPTATION
Lu 4:1,2 “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.”
It would be nice if when we put our faith in Jesus Christ to save us from our sins that we could tell people that they would never be tempted again to sin. But that is not the case. We can see in Luke Chapter 4 how that Jesus Christ the sinless Son of God who never sinned had to face temptation from the devil.
All sin comes in three categories. 1Jo 2:16 For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world. (NKJV) These are the three categories that Adam and Eve were tempted in and that led to the fall of humanity and to original sin. Ge 3:6 ¶ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, (lust of the flesh) that it was pleasant to the eyes, (sins of the eyes) and a tree desirable to make one wise, (the pride of life)she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Jesus was tempted in all three categories of sin: (Lust of the flesh) Lu 4:3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” (The sins of the eyes): Lu 4:5-7 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. “Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” (The pride of life) : Lu 4:9-12 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. “For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you,’ “and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ “And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.'”
Jesus overcame these temptations by responding with the word of God and by the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit. He did this to model to us how to respond when we are tempted by demonic forces that are at Satan’s disposal. We live in a season where we need to know and to understand this.
As I mentioned earlier it would be nice if we could say get saved today and you will never be tempted again. Or if you preached for twenty, or thirty years, taught Sunday School, or served God in some way that the enemy would think that you are too strong to mess with. Often times the more people that you have had an influence for Christ over the bigger and more attractive the bait will use to try to get you to succumb to the temptation. You become a target for the enemy because he wants to destroy your witness and the influence that you have in the Kingdom.
I praise the Lord that He set me free from alcohol close to thirty-two years ago. He has taken all my desire to drink alcohol and to use any other addictive substance away. With that said I remember one day when I was at Wal – Mart and I was going to but some flavored water drinks. I had to walk down the aisle where the wine was. I noticed one very expensive brand on the shelf. The enemy said why don’t you get you a bottle of that it sure would go good with some lasagna, or some kind of Italian food. Then he said Paul told Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach. The Holy Spirit reminded me that old Preston never did take it for his stomach. I took it to fill a void that Jesus has since filled with the Holy Spirit. Through His power I kept on walking to get the flavored water.
You may be reading this and may be thinking that the enemy can’t tempt you. The Bible tells us in 1Pe 5:8 ¶ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (NKJV) If God is using you in the Kingdom know that the enemy would like to devour you. But also know what Jesus said in Joh 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Get in the word of God. Get the word of God in you. Get filled and refilled with the Holy Spirit. Remember that Jesus overcame the temptation of the devil by the word of God and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Let us Pray
Lord we know that we live in a time where sin is called good and glorified. Help us not to succumb to the temptations that the devil and the world bring our way. May all who read this get the word of God in them. May all who read this be filled with the Holy Spirit and with power. Help us to not only overcome temptation, but help us to bring others into the Kingdom and to be free from their lifestyles of sin. We thank You that it is only in You Lord can we do this.
In Jesus Name
GOD BLESS YOUALL !