Skip to main content

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.


Popular posts from this blog

America will never be normal

How to stay young and youthful all your life

How to stay young and youthful all your life Word of Instruction from Dr. Charles F. Stanley These are my notes from today's broadcast.
Scripture: Psalm 92:12-15
Psalm 92:
12 Good people will prosper
    like palm trees,
    and they will grow strong
    like the cedars of Lebanon.
13 They will take root
in your house, LORD God,
    and they will do well.
14 They will be like trees
that stay healthy and fruitful,
    even when they are old.
15 And they will say about you,
“The LORD always does right! God is our mighty rock.”

Keep learning – a lazy brain is a decaying brain Keep loving – don’t be bitter Keep laughing – 😊 Keep leaving your past behind – don’t live in the rear-view mirror of your life Keep longing Keep dreaming about the future – it’s a matter of attitude Keep looking your best Keep laboring and working – there’s no retirement in the Bible Keep learning, depending, and trusting in the Lord Keep listening to God – to know His will and avoid temptation Keep having confidence for your life You …

Scriptures for life

Compiled December 2011
These are a few of my favorite Scriptures. I cannot live my life without God and his word. I keep a 3x5 wire bound note diary of verses that pop off the pages of my Bibles. This helps me in case I need to comfort someone with a specific verse. Start your own collection!


Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
1 Corinthians 15:58 … don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong, all who wait with hope for the LORD, and let your heart be courag…