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[In this study of Luke we have discovered:] 

         [Luke wrote that we might know with a certainty.]

         [God's Unique Provision - God Sent His only begotten son through a virgin birth]

         [God's Planned Redemption - God's plan was you redemption through the Blood of Jesus Christ]

         [God's Awesome Manifestation - The Trinity, The Greatness of God]

         [The Reality of Spiritual Warfare]

 [Now we come to the temptation of Christ.  He is driven into the wilderness, physically afflicted for 40 days, and then accosted by His adversary, the Devil.  From this passage we glean more than can be preached in a single sermon.  Therefore, Last week I preached on the subject of spiritual warfare, today on temptation.] 

[In our spiritual walk we must quickly learn that if our Lord was tempted, then we will indeed be tempted as well.  The Bible reveals:] 

[Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. ]

[The fact that our Lord was tempted and did not fall to the temptation reveals that we do not have to fall to our temptations, but can and should find victory when we are tempted.]

Notice first: 

A.    The  Fact of our Temptation (vs 1-2) 

1.      God Leads Us into Temptation (vs 1; James 1.2-3; 1 Pet 5.8-9) [– And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,”] 

a.       [James reveals the inevitability of our temptation when he writes:] 

[James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; ]

1)      [Temptation will come our way.] 

2)      [If our Lord Jesus Christ was tempted then we should expect to be tempted as well.] 

b.      [You can expect to be tempted because:] 

1)      [God, your heavenly Father will lead you into temptations, just as Jesus was.  Why?  That he might build you and mature you.] 

[James 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. ]

[In temptation it is your heavenly Fathers intention
that you might stand.]

2)      [Satan, your adversary desire that you might fall.  He desires to devour you.] 

[1 Peter 5:8-9 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. ]

2.      God Limits Our Temptation (1 Cor 10.13) [– Lest you should be discouraged by the fact of temptation and trials understand:] 

[1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. ]

B.     The Forms of our Temptation – You will be tempted with: 

1.      Your Provision (vs 3-4; Matt 7.11) [– And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” ] 

a.       [Jesus had just fasted for forty days – most of us would struggle to fast for a few hours, or a single day, none-the-less for forty days.  This is a supernatural fast indeed.] 

b.      [Notice the end of verse 2 – “. . . he afterward hungered.” – Understand that this is not an unnatural response.  We all experience hunger, we should expect that Jesus would be hungry.  The point here is that this temptation poured out of Jesus natural needs.] 

c.       [People are often tempted with natural desires.  Natural desires become temptations when we are drawn to fulfill them in wicked ways.  For instance:] 

1)      [It is natural to experience sexual desires, it is wicked to fulfill them outside of the covenant marriage relationship.]

[Illustration:  a young lady once said to me.  I am living with a man I am not married to.  But I love him and we sexually fulfill each others needs.  How can something that feels so right be so wrong.  God gave me my sexual needs, certainly He intended for me to fulfill them!]

[My response was, Indeed God does intend for you to fulfill your sexual needs, but He intends for you to fulfill them in a God honoring way.  That is in a covenant marriage relationship.]

2)      [It is natural to experience hunger, it is wicked to depart from our heavenly Father’s will to fulfill it.] 

d.      [Jesus was here tempted to meet his own needs rather than wait on God’s provision.  Our heavenly Father has promised to always give us good things.  The Bible states:] 

[Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?]

[If God had withheld something from Jesus that He needed then there was a Fatherly reason for it to be withheld.] 

e.       [If you heavenly Father, who knows everything there is to know about you, has withheld something from you, then there is a fatherly reason for Him to withhold it.  Let His will be done.  Just because you desire something does not mean you have to have it right now!] 

2.      Your Prominence (vs 5-8) [– And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” ] 

a.       [Here was the preexistent Son of God.  The one who had sat on a throne in heaven before the world existed.  He created and sustains all things by the power of His might.  Yet, here He was, deep in the wilderness all alone, hungry, either cold or hot, with nothing but rocks for His pillow.  Surely His Heavenly Father did not intend for Jesus to be so lowly.  Clearly, He ought to be exalted among all of creation.  This is just what Satan offers Christ.] 

b.      [Satan offers Christ prominence prematurely.  What if Christ had accepted Satan’s offer, then you and I would have been eternally lost.  For it is through the divine blood of Jesus Christ that you and I are redeemed from our sins.] 

c.       [Satan offers you worldly prominence as well.  But understand that the cost of your mortal exaltation is no less costly than it would have been for Jesus Christ.  The Bible reminds us:] 

[Matthew 16:24-26 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? ]

[Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. ]

[Matthew 6:19-21 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. ]

d.      [Be reminded my Christian brother and sister, if you have received the Lord Jesus Christ you already are a joint heir to God’s throne, you will reign with Christ one day soon, and the things of this world and this mere 70 years cannot be compared to what God has prepared for you in eternity to come.  Do Not trade your birth write for a bit of pourage in this vile and momentary life.] 

3.      Your Promises (vs 9-12) [– And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” ] 

a.       [Notice here that Satan now quotes Scripture.  ] 

1)      [Don’t you be deceived, just because someone quotes Scripture does not make them a Christian.  Jesus told you to be fruit inspectors, not judges.  Look at their life, if they are living for God and obeying His Word then fellowship with them.  If they are living in sin then have nothing to do with them.  The devil quotes Scripture, but only a fool would listen to him.] 

2)      [Satan quotes a promise given directly for Christ, but Satan takes it out of context and tries to twist it to mean something other than God intended for it to mean.  ] 

b.      [Satan is a master of mutilated promises.  Multitudes follow false doctrines today, all of which claim to be based on the Word of God.] 

c.       [Jesus uses another Scripture to thwart Satan’s deceptive attempt.  Hence, the only way a Christian can protect himself from such subtile temptations is to know his Bible from cover to cover.] 

[2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ]

C.    The Facing of our Temptations 

1.      Your Attitude in Temptation [– Someone has said, “Attitude determines altitude.”  If you are defeated in your mind and heart, then you have already lost the battle.  You can stand in the face of temptation.  Just because you are tempted does not mean you have to fall.  Know that:] 

a.       [God is building and maturing you through your trials and temptations.] 

b.      [God’s will is always good, perfect, and acceptable; even in trials and temptations.] 

c.       [God will work all things to your good.  Rejoice in your heavenly Father’s provision, knowledge, and power.] 

2.      Your Allies when facing Temptation (Psalm 119.9,11; 1 John 4.4) 

a.       [The Word of God (Psalm 119.9,11) – In each of the three temptations recorded in Jesus experience with the devil, Christ used scripture to win the victory.  There is absolutely no substitute for the memorized Word of God when facing temptation.]   

[Psalms 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. ]

[Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. ]

1)      [Parents can prepare their children for victory in life’s temptations and trials by stressing scripture memorization as a daily spiritual discipline.  It is worthy of reward when your children memorize the Word of God.] 

2)      [Parents teach your children that they are memorizing the Bible for a reason, so that they can use the Sword of God’s word when facing the devil.  They are never more like Jesus than when they use the Word of God in Spiritual Warfare.] 

b.      [The Wonder of God (1 John 4.4; James 4.7-10) – The presence of God.  His nearness, and the Holy Spirit.  A Christian focused on staying close to God will find it impossible to continue in presumptuous sin, and will find victory in their temptations.  The presence of God drives away sinful desires and temptations.] 

[1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.]

[James 4:7-10 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.]

c.       [Here is an important point for the lost man or woman.  If you have not accepted the Lord Jesus Christ then you stand alone.  You have no advocate with the Father.  You do not have the Holy Spirit within you.  You do not have the spiritual illumination of the Word of God you need to over come your temptation.  Therefore, you will continuously fall to you temptations.  You will continuously fail when tried, and you will one day be eternally lost.  However, it does not need to be so for you.  You can accept Christ today, if you will.] 

3.      Your Advance as a result of Temptation (vs 13-15) [– And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. 14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.”] 

a.       [The Empowering Spirit – to have the Holy Spirit and to be filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit are two different things.  If you will be empowered by God then you must endure with God and be faithful in all of the trials and temptation He uses to build you and perfect you.] 

b.      [The glorification of the Son, Jesus Christ.  Once Christ had endured His temptations He was glorified in His ministry.  The Church of Jesus Christ must understand this reality.  Comfortable Christianity will never see the Glory of God.  It is through the trials of life that God receives His greatest glory.  Therefore,] 

1)      [If your trial seems great, then God will be greatly glorified.] 

2)      [If your temptation seems heavy, then God will be greatly glorified.] 

c.       [Hence James wrote:] 

[James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;]


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