What Did Jesus Say?

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Good morning, Family:

I’m going to jump right in today. Please read Luke 4:1-13.

In Luke 4:1-13 when Jesus was being tempted, in the desert, by Satan. He responded to Satan’s temptations with knowledge on how to fight back.

Temptation comes in three forms:

  • Temptation through Greed
  • Temptation through Lust
  • Temptation through Pride

The first thing Luke mentions is that Jesus was full of the Spirit. He spent time and fellowship with God. He was girded with the Spirit AND The Word.

Next, Luke noted that the Spirit LED Jesus into the wilderness and for 40 days he was tempted. During Jesus’s time in the wilderness he ate nothing. 

Here is how Jesus responded to Satan’s temptations.

Temptation through Greed: Verses 3-4

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

WHAT DID JESUS SAY?

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.

Temptation through Lust: Verses 5-8

5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

WHAT DID JESUS SAY?

8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

Temptation through Pride: Verses 9-12

9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

WHAT DID JESUS SAY?

12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Jesus teaches us how to combat the enemy. Dont do it in your on strength. We must stand on the Word of God and continually fellowship and worship God. In some cases, as you are lead by the Holy Spirit, fasting may be necessary. Allow God to lead you in how to fast, how long to fast, and what to fast from.

Always be vigilant in your warfare,  because the enemy will not stop. In fact verse 13 says this:

“13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Spiritual warfare is not a one time attack and then it’s over forever. The enemy’s main desire is to destroy us or to distract us from our purpose, by any means necessary. The enemy does not play fair. Prepare yourself. Get Ready.

The Good News is…

We already KNOW who has the Victory!!!

Go in peace, while serving and praising the Lord. 

Rev. Marcia F. Davis

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