Scripture Saturday: Temptation

Temptations

Hey guys and welcome back to another Faith Filled Friends devotion. As you know, it is a Saturday, which means it is time to dive into a segment of scripture. Today we will look at a passage in Luke that talks about temptations and it fits in nicely with our UNSHAKABLE series. So let’s read the bible!

Luke 4:1-13
“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’ ” The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ ” The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.”

This was and is one of my favourite passages in the New Testament. I remember the picture of the devil fleeing Jesus as He passed every temptation. I was like, “Respect,” and I still say that today… Perhaps even more now.

As we grow up we realise that life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. The older you get the more you face. It is so easy to back down when trials come and give in when temptation hits, but that is not the life we are meant to live. Jesus came to earth so that we may have a life of freedom from this sin. Temptation is hard because so often it looks so nice, like that choc chip cookie in the cookie jar.

But Jesus taught us how to react when we face these temptations.

Luke 4:3-4
“The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’ ””

The devil tempts Jesus with food. He has fasted for forty days and the devil brings food into this. He strikes at a point of weakness and tries to break Jesus. But Jesus stands strong and quotes scripture. The devil wants Jesus to “prove” that He is the son of God. It’s a small temptation but Jesus does not crumble under the pressure.

Luke 4:5-8
“The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ ””

Jesus already knows why He is on the earth. To live the life we never could, so that we may live on forever with Him. But that means Jesus already sees the cross. The devil promises all the kingdom and all the people without the cross. It is not the devil’s to give, but that never stops him. He will promise you things that aren’t true.

So Jesus has the choice to live with us without the cross, and all He had to do was worship the devil. But again He attacks with the word, quoting scripture to keep the temptation and the devil away. But the devil tries again!

Luke 4:9-12
“The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ”
Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ””

The devil tempts Jesus, wanting Him to once again “prove” that He is the son of God. The devil is sneaky and always creeps up in disguise. He uses scripture to make His point again. I bet that the devil knows the bible better! He truly believes in knowing your enemy.

But once again Jesus remains unwavering, striking back with scripture. The devil wants Him to “prove” that He is God. Jesus knows the temptation even though the devil hides it in scripture. So often we recognise the temptation but we still fall into it’s trap.

Luke 4:13
“When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left Him until an opportune time.”

Jesus was UNSHAKABLE when the temptation hit. The devil did return when Jesus was weak again. He return in the days and hours leading up to the crucifixion. When Jesus was hanging on that cross bruised and broken in so much pain, the devil would be tempting Him. He finds us when we are weak and tries to trip us up.

There was one thing that Jesus did that will always help I hard times. He quoted the bible. The bible is the Sword of the Spirit. The word of God is our weapon to combat the enemy. There is one thing that we know, the word of God will not be shaken!

So when we learn verses, we are equipping ourselves with the weapons necessary to defeat sin and temptation, no matter what it is. Gods word is strong and it will always remain. Find your strength in Jesus.

Don’t be broken. Don’t be shaken.

God Bless

The Faith Filled Friends

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One thought on “Scripture Saturday: Temptation

  1. If you would like a song to go with this, I recommend Hillsong’s, “Your Word”

    Gods word brings revelation and His word will never be shaken.

    I have really enjoyed this series so far! I hope you have to!

    God Bless

    Gad from The Faith Filled Friends

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