15 AUG

2012

TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY

TURNING FROM TEMPTATION (2)

James 1:14

 
satan dressed up as an angel in the wilderness by using the Word of God to tempt Jesus to obey him, using three human nature ‘hotspots’.
 
1) Need: ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’ (Matthew 4:3 NIV) This taps into one of our biggest fears – that if we don’t look after ourselves, no one else will. Jesus had been fasting for forty days. satan went straight in for what he hoped would be His biggest weakness.
 
2) Protection: ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: “He will command His angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands”’ (Matthew 4:5,6 NIV). This hits another fear that God may not protect us. But the truth is laid out in the Psalms: ‘in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in His dwelling’ (Psalm 27:5 NIV).
 
3) Power: ‘The devil ... showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. “All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only’”’ (Matthew 4:8–10 NIV).
There’s nothing wrong with wanting our needs to be met, wanting protection, or being in a position of authority! God is sovereign over it all. But what is dangerous, is looking for them from other people, and other places than God alone.
 
What now?
 
Look again at the whole story of Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1–11) and see how His response to temptation always brought His attention back to God. 

James 1:14

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