Tuesday, July 22, 2014


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. And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ” (Luke 4:1-4) 
When did this temptation occur?  It was after an occasion of unparalleled blessing.  Some of the most dangerous times you will face are after such times.  Christ had just been baptized and heard Heavens approvaland now He will engage in a titanic test with the Tempter.  You cannot drop your guard for a moment.  Satan is like a poisonous viper coiled to strike as soon as you cease to be on the watch for him. 
Thankfully, Jesus was ready.  He goes out in the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit.  But, so can you.  We are no match for the Devil in our own strength and wisdom, yet we are foolish to think we mustwhen God intends for us to be filled with His Mighty Spirit.  Indeed this test was ordained of God.  Jesus was not only filled with the Spirit, but it says He was led by the Spirit.  God will never lead you into a war you cant win.  If he brings you to it, He will bring you through it. 
Where did this conflict occur?  In the wildernessand isnt that an apt description of the battlefield we find ourselves onthe wilderness of this world?  It was in the wilderness that Israel was tested for 40 years and failed, and it is in the wilderness where Jesus is tested for 40 days and wins! 
What was the nature of this temptation?  He fasts for that period of forty daysto the limits of human endurance, and is famished and fatigued at the end.  Then Satan tempts him to fulfill a God-given drive in an illegitimate way.  He suggests, The end justifies the means.  It is a pragmatic approach to life that asks, Will you get the right results?  The world functions that waynaturally.  Sadly, the church has bought into the same philosophy far too often.  This is a man-centered approach that appeals to our desires.  What we need is a God-centered approach that rests in Gods designs.  Jesus had this theological approach to life that asked, Will this be the right thing?
It was then that Jesus overcomes the lust of the flesh by a greater appetite for the Word of God.  The body requires food, but life is about more than our bodyfor we have a spiritual side to nourish as well.  The Lord always did thisdaily feeding on that which put strength into His souland thus, when the battle broke, He had the resources in reserve to answer the challenge.
Have you fed on Gods Word this morning?  That is how we have triumph over the lust of the flesh!


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