Monday, January 9, 2012

Temptation & Sin

Temptation & Sin

This is Jesus being tempted when he fasting for 40 days. Here is the story if you are not familiar.

Luke 4
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.”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.” 8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” 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.” 12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Satan will tempt you at three different times:
Or weak moments in life. Jesus was all three. I would be too if I was in the desert for 40 days.

How do we say no to temptation like Jesus?

Jesus in verse 1, saids, "Jesus, was full of the Holy Spirit." Yes, the Holy Spirit. This is key if you like me are trying to get rid of sin. Because we fall into it, through temptation. God is the only one who defeated all sin so called upon his name to get you from falling into that sin once again.

A quote from a pastor in Seattle, Washington; said it best about temptation, Mark Driscoll, "Temptation is not a sin; temptation is an opportunity to sin or to worship God. Jesus was tempted. You will be tempted. Jesus said no to temptation and yes to God. And you can do that by the power of the Holy Spirit."

It is a spiritual act of worship to say no to temptation and yes to God.

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