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Following Jesus - a Disciple's Greatest Desire

Face the Devil - Handling Temptation Like Jesus

Matthew 4;1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13

Key Scripture (Hebrews 4:15): “ “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” 

Introduction: Happy Father’s Day! Today, we explore how Jesus handles temptation. He models the power of God’s Word as the key in facing temptation. Follow Jesus’ example to experience greater victory over your temptations.

Observations about Jesus’ encounter with the devil:

His next step in following God’s way was through facing the Tempter.

    He was vulnerable to temptation (weakened by his humanity).

    He was spiritually resilient in the face of temptation.

    He had God’s Word available for ready use! (Truth mediates and frees!)

    He was victorious despite weakness (the angels ministered to him).


Lessons to Model from Jesus

Understand:

   Temptation is inevitable, common, and uncannily brutal in its timing.

   Tempter is always at work (refuse to help him!)

   Jesus understands (He empathizes).


Lessons to Model from Jesus

Acknowledge:

      “I am vulnerable. I am weak. I need help!”

            Jesus is my ally!


Lessons to Model from Jesus

Action Steps:

    Prepare better to face temptation (stop winging it!)

    Get God’s Word in you! (by any means possible!)


Lessons to Model from Jesus

Remember:

    Jesus, the Truth, sets you free (John 8:32)!

    Jesus is the Overcomer (Hebrews 4:15)!

    Jesus is your help! Entrust yourself to Him (1 Corinthians 10:13).