When Temptation Comes

We have all been there, in that place, at that time, facing a decision as to whether we (insert temptation here). While I may have an idea as to how you feel, I can tell you that the answer for all of us is to fight temptation with scripture. Jesus did, and the proof can be found in the Fourth Chapter of Matthew.

It is here that we read about Jesus being in the wilderness and fasting when Satan appears to Him in hopes of leading Christ astray:

“And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:3-4)

Did you see what Jesus did there? He quoted scripture, in this case Deuteronomy 8:3. Even so, Satan tried again:

“…If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Matthew 4:6-7)

What Jesus says about not tempting the Lord comes from Deuteronomy 6:16.

“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Matthew 4:8-10)

This verse comes from Deuteronomy 6:13. What’s interesting here is that all these scriptures come from the time when the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness. 

Are you facing temptation? Are you in a sort of spiritual wilderness, feeling as though you are wandering aimlessly? This is where scripture can help. A lot. You just need to know the scripture.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

For tips on how you can memorize scripture, click here:

https://engagemagazine.net/starting-blog/life/knowing-is-half-the-spiritual-battle/

 

 

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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