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Have a plan before you are tempted!

How to deal with temptation
(my notes from a sermon)
                         
Jesus didn't get into arguments with the devil. If you do that you have lost. ~ Dr. Charles Stanley 

Immediately go into the word of God. 

Have a plan to protect yourself. It's not a coincidence that Jesus was approached by satan after having the awesome experience of being baptized.

We are susceptible to having a fall after having a great spiritual revelation.

Matthew 3:16-17 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 

Immediately we learn that evil appeared to the Son of God who had just had the spiritual experience that kicked off his ministry!

Matthew 4:1-2 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 

Notice that evil comes when Christ was vulnerable in his humanness (like we are). Hunger, sorrow, illness, addiction, anxiety...fill in your weakness...evil will haunt you when you are most susceptible.

Matthew 4:3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 

Satan tempts with great things when we are the most susceptible. Be careful because it's temporary or false.

Jesus gave us a way out! Go to the Bible! 

Matthew 4:4 
Jesus quoting Deuteronomy: It is written, “Man does not live by bread alone. Rather, he lives on every word that comes from the mouth of the Eternal One.” 

This is why you must know where to turn in the Bible when you are tempted. Prepare yourself with scriptures! 

Don't make excuses. Now you know.


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