Friday, 23 March 2018

Temptations Come In Threes

Proverbs 28:21 It isn't right to be unfair, but some people can be bribed with only a piece of bread.

      CS Lewis said, "No man knows how bad he is till he has tried so hard to be good."
      The human condition is tempted in three areas of life, just as it always has been and always will be. Man is made up of spirit, soul and body and all aspects of our human being will be tested. 
      Jesus was tempted in the desert forty days in the same three areas of life that every individual on earth is tempted in. After fasting forty days the Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus hungered and the devil's temptation was to feed the needs of the flesh. Matt 4:3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 
      What are your fleshly hungers or cravings that are out of control? Can you be bribed out of your relationship with the Lord with covetous wants? Do you crave your neighbour's house, spouse, car, pay-cheque or anything else they have? The bread we hunger for can cause us to sin, but like the Lord Jesus, we have the solution - the word of God causes us to triumph. Matt.4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. 
      We will be tempted in the area of our spiritual needs, just as Jesus was. Matt.4:5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. It is interesting that the devil tempted Jesus from a position of religious belief. Satan was saying, "Stand on the peak of your religious belief and throw yourself off the ledge in full presumption out of religious fervor. Use your organized religion as your foundation for eternal decisions." Again, Jesus answered the enemy with the word of God. Matt.4:7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test. 
      Are you being tempted to stand on the soap-box of your religious beliefs to belittle or persecute a sector of the human population that Jesus also died for? Have we become so hell-bent on being right and slandering without grace, based on our denominational platforms? 
      Jesus asked us to go into the world and preach the good news that His salvation is available to everyone who received it by faith. He did not ask us to point out people's sins or transgressions. That is the Holy Spirit's job. John 16:8 And when He comes, He will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment. 
      The temptations that come for the soul is a hard battleground because our emotions are so tangled up in feelings of pride, jealousy, and grandeur. However, we can take heart in the fact that Jesus also overcame this temptation with the word of God; therefore, we have the power to do the same through Christ, our Lord. 
      Matt.4:8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” I love the dismissiveness and authority of Jesus' words. Matt.4:10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only. No big windup of an indignateous speech, just the powerful words of, "Away from me, Satan!
      When we are tempted to trade in the values of our soul for a morsel of fleeting fame or temporary glory, let us remember that we have a more sure thing than what Satan can offer. The glitz and glam that sparkles for a short time will fizzle out on our deathbeds. Selling our souls for the so called fifteen minutes of fame is not worth a lost eternity of joy and peace we have in Christ. We have been given the righteous position of being with our heavenly Father now and forevermore.
      Temptations may come in threes, but the power of the Godhead helps us overcome in threes as well. 1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. God and I are a majority, just as anyone who is in Christ is. We do not need the offers that come from hell to be a somebody. We already are the sons of God. We are the Lord's kings and priests ministering to God. We have a place in life and it is a beautiful place to be. Thank you, Jesus, for showing us that we too can say, "Satan, In Jesus name, away from me."

1 comment:

  1. Good stuff, I look forward to reading more.