Recognizing Temptation – Part 4

Only through chosen weakness will a believer be defeated to disown God.

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Matthew 4:10 – 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.

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So far, we have looked at the first two temptations Satan used against Jesus after His 40 day fast.  They were the temptations to DISTRUST the Father and to DISOBEY the Father.  Both temptations, when acted upon, are sin.  One sin is not greater than another.  All sin is a willful transgression of God’s Word.  All sin breaks fellowship with Father.  All sin opens a door for the enemy that he has always attempted to breech.  All sin does is allow Satan to walk through without hindrance.  But there are differences in the degree of temptations.  If one falls prey to the lower levels, it only encourages the enemy to keep destroying.  But in all we’ve discussed, there is still a third temptation Satan brings.  And that is the temptation to DISOWN the heavenly Father. 

In this temptation, Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  I can only imagine the enormous riches, power, and possessions Satan paraded through our Lord’s mind.  The imagery had to be staggeringly vivid.  He then told Jesus that if He would bow down and worship him, he would give Jesus all those kingdoms and their glory, for they were his to give (Luke 4:6).  All Satan was attempting to do was entice Jesus with immediate gratification.  But Jesus already knew Father’s plan.  The day would come when every knee would bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.  Jesus was willing to put of immediate gratification of lesser in order to receive total gratification of it all.  Oh, how sad it is when Christians sell themselves out for immediate gratification, rather than standing strong in faith and ultimately receiving victory and rewards beyond their ability to calculate them.

When a Christian sells out for immediate gratification of that which is not rightly their own possession instead of standing in faith until they can legally possess all Father has for them, it is so sad.  They have, by that action, disowned God, and bowed their knee to the god of this world.  You see, when Jesus was tempted, Satan still owned the world because of Adam’s fall.  But glory to God, it did not remain that way.  After Jesus’ resurrection, He took possession of all Adam lost.  Now the earth is the Lord’s, and fullness thereof; the world, and all they that dwell in it (Psalm 24:1).  Could it be that the bread the disciples found on the fire, along with the fish, after Jesus was resurrected, was bread made from stones?  Just a thought.  Anything God offers to you is always worth more than that Satan would use to tempt you.  Stand strong in faith.  Don’t DISTRUSTDISOBEY, or DISOWN our great God, Jehovah.  You can overcome the enemy at every turn, regardless of the battle he brings against you.

Manna for Today – Matthew 4:1-11; Galatians 5:16; James 1:2-27; 1 John 2:15-17; Mark 4:1-20;            2 Peter 1:1-4; John 17:12-16; Matthew 6:13; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 5:1; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6