....to eat when He was hungry thus gratifying His flesh.
....to establish a kingdom of His own glorifying Himself rather than the Father.
....to test the Almighty in His will and His ways challenging authority and holy providence.
His Will and His Word
to watch over you carefully. With their hands they will hold you up,
so that you will never hit your foot against a rock.’
But Jesus answered him, “It is written,
So, you say you've heard this story many times. Me, too. Yet how often do you recognize these temptations in your own life? The need for power, prominence and recognition. The overwhelming pull to be perfect, to be right, to be better than others. The impulse to satisfy your deep longings, unmet needs, and hurts by reaching for food, drink, drugs and other addictive behavior. To take control of things that were never under your control to begin with. Ruin relationships over trivial issues. To take action without seeking God's will for your life or following His instructions.
seven, in fact, are detestable to Him:
a lying tongue,
and hands shedding innocent blood;
feet running swiftly to wickedness,
and someone sowing quarrels between brothers.
If you are a follower of Christ, you will be tempted much more so than one who is not a believer. Your spiritual battle will be much more intense and often more subtle. And, unless you rebuke the author of lies, put off the flesh and walk in the Spirit, you will fall victim to temptations of the worst kind. You have the amazing gift of the Holy Spirit and Christ living in you to empower you to overcome the flesh. Tap into that power daily!
If you are not a believer, you are much easier prey for the Evil One. Your life will be filled with struggles, temptations and deception. You need the power of God's Spirit, a free gift from the Lord when you believe in Christ as your Deliverer and Redeemer. Through Him is the gift of eternal life and the ability to tap into His power to overcome the flesh and all forms of temptation!
Be convicted. Be committed. Put your spiritual armor on and be ready to do battle. Moment by moment. On your knees. In your worship. In your daily living. For His kingdom and for His glory. You are one of His and He has great things in store for you! Don't let the devil sift you like wheat! Stand strong on the mighty Word of God and in the power of His Holy Spirit! Resist the devil and he will flee....