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The power to overcome trials and temptations

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Text: Matthew 4:1-11

[1] THEN was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

[2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.

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

[4] 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.

[5] Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

[6] And saith unto him, 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.

[7] Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

[8] 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;

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

[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.

[11]Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

It started when Satan begins with casting doubt concerning Jesus. God, The Father, had just declared (Mt. 3:22), “Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased.” Now, Satan says, “If you are the Son of God.” Satan knew, of course, that Jesus was the Son of God. He knew, also, that Jesus was hungry. This might be a weak moment for Jesus, so challenge Him at the point of His need.

Jesus sets the right priority. He knew that doing God’s Will and being obedient to His every word is more important than food or any other material thing. Most of the time, however, we are simply called upon to trust God to provide our needs in His time, in His way, and with His result.

Satan tempted Christ to seek immediate gain through his actions. He wanted Christ to turn stones into bread, to cast Himself off the pinnacle of the temple, and to fall down and worship him. In every case, Jesus turned Satan back by quoting Scripture. Let us follow His example. The word of God is a powerful antidote for temptations. If you have the word of God richly in you, you are sure to overcome.

All this gives you great assurance that God will never leave you alone. In the middle of all the trials and tests, He is with you. He may seem to be unseen, but He is there. His angels will minister to you. Let your trust be in God always.
In Rhema no shaking!


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