Week #7

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Temptation is part of the human existence: it comes in all shapes and sizes. The flavor

Connection of Israel - Jesus - Us

Luke 4:1–2 NIV
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 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.
Israel was tested in the wilderness 40 years.
Jesus was tested 40 days in the wilderness.
Jesus was hungry.

3 Kinds of Temptations

Satan tempts us with things we desire.
People test God.
God test His people.

Although God already knows all about us, He reveals the thoughts and intents of our hearts through our response to HIM in times of trial.

TEMP #1: Doubt the Father’s Provision & even HIS Love

Luke 4:3–4 NIV
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
God provided Manna to Israel in the wilderness but it wasn’t enough.

TEMP #2: Doubt the Father’s Blueprint

Luke 4:5–8 NIV
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
Bypass God’s plan.

TEMP #3: Doubt the Father’s Safeguard

Luke 4:9–12 NIV
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. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

How do we Fight Temptation of this World

Luke 4:13 NIV
When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit, and we must be as well!

Galatians 5:16–26 NIV
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Luke 6:13 NIV
When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:

Jesus filled HIS heart and mind with God’s Word, and so should WE!

Psalm 119:9–11 NIV
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
D.L. Moody, “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”

Wrap-Up

Do you have ears to hear? (LISTEN)
If so, then be doers of what you hear! (LIVE)
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