Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Temptation of Christ: Jesus' Victory

And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. The devil left him and behold, the angels came and were ministering to him. [Blended Gospels]
Jesus’ victory in the desert sustained Him throughout His ministry, as Satan tempted Him again and again to achieve His aim through ungodly means, shortcuts, going out of God’s will.

Jesus would not bribe people into following Him. He would not be a sensationalist to get people to follow Him. He would not compromise with the faith and holiness He demanded. His face was set like flint to follow the way of the cross.
God's word is living and powerful to resist temptation
Every temptation can be met and overcome through God's word and the Spirit.

* What are you yielding to right now that you know is not of God?

* Are you refusing the cross and trying to figure out how to get the results of a spiritual life without paying the cost?

* How well do you know scripture? Well enough to balance what you hear with the truths that the Bible teaches? Or are you trying to figure out how to get permission for what you want by searching for a verse that seems to give it?

The real power does not come from knowing scripture and speaking it. It comes from living by faith, applying the truth of God’s word to your life by the power of the Spirit.

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