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Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ”Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. Matthew 4:1-11

Temptation is…

  • Allowed by God.

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Matthew 4:1

  • Normal and common.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 1 Corinthians 10:13

  • Bearable and beatable.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Key Truth- I’m safe as I stand against temptation and in great danger when I give in.


Identifying the 3 Common Temptations

1. To be controlled by natural appetites.

“If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

2. To be spectacular in the eyes of others.

“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down.” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

3. To allow the “greed for more” to run my life.

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 


How do I beat temptation?

  • I confess that where I’m weak and where I’ve fallen in the past.

  • I realize I’m powerless to do it on my own.

  • I make the choice to resist the devil with God’s Word and the guidance of the spirit.

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