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It is the human Jesus (fully divine, fully human) who resisted the temptations of Satan by his lived experience of the Scriptures. This gives us hope that we can resist temptations by (1) knowing …

It is the human Jesus (fully divine, fully human) who resisted the temptations of Satan by his lived experience of the Scriptures. This gives us hope that we can resist temptations by (1) knowing ourselves; (2) developing a plan to resist; (3) avoid temptations; (4) resist and pray; and to (5) get the help of theirs.

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  • 1. Luke 4:1-13Dr Alex Tang
  • 2. 1 Tim. 6: 9-10 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
  • 3. Matt. 26: 41 41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
  • 4. Dictionary.com defines ‘tempt’ as • to entice or allure to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral. • to attract, appeal strongly to, or invite • to render strongly disposed to do something • to put (someone) to the test in a venturesome way; provoke (e.g. to tempt ones fate)
  • 5. Temptation is theenticement, allurement orseduction to do Evil acts Immoral acts Sinful acts
  • 6. James 1:13-15 JAS 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
  • 7. The Lord’s Prayer MT 6:9 "This, then, is how you should pray: " `Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, MT 6:10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. MT 6:11 Give us today our daily bread. MT 6:12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. MT 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
  • 8. MT 6:13 And lead us not intotemptation, but deliver us from the evil one. his personal experience of temptations of Satan in Luke 4:1-13.
  • 9. Text and Context of Jesus’ temptation experiencesLK 3:21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptizedtoo.LK 3:23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began hisministry…genealogyLK 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and wasled by the Spirit in the desert, 2 where for forty days he was tempted bythe devil…LK 4:14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and newsabout him spread through the whole countryside…LK 4:16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and onthe Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And hestood up to read.
  • 10. The First Temptation LK 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, 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. LK 4:3 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread." LK 4:4 Jesus answered, "It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone. "
  • 11. Deuteronomy 8:3-5 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.
  • 12. Jesus’ “If You are …..” “Since You are the Son of God, act like God andresponse command these stones be made bread!” “Man” does not live on bread alone. “It is written.” Jesus uses Scriptures. “Here is a principle to live by … and I will live by it.” The physical is one avenue of temptation for all of us
  • 13. The Second Temptation LK 4:5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed himin an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said tohim, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it hasbeen given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 So ifyou worship me, it will all be yours." LK 4:8 Jesus answered, "It is written: `Worship the Lordyour God and serve him only. "
  • 14. Deuteronomy 6:13-15DT 6:13 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take youroaths in his name. 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of thepeoples around you; 15 for the LORD your God, who is amongyou, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, andhe will destroy you from the face of the land.
  • 15. Jesus’ authority over all the kingdoms of this world is Jesus’ destinyresponse The temptation is not possession of worldly power but of good intentions “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only” (Luke 4:8). God’s timing determine to do the right thing, determining that in every situation you will worship God, and Him only you will serve.
  • 16. The Third TemptationLK 4:9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highestpoint of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourselfdown from here. 10 For it is written: " `He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; LK 4:11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. " LK 4:12 Jesus answered, "It says: `Do not put the Lord your God to thetest. " LK 4:13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left himuntil an opportune time.
  • 17. Deuteronomy 6: 16-19 16 Do not test the LORD your God as you did at Massah. 17 Be sure to keep the commands of the LORD your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you. 18 Do what is right and good in the LORDs sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers, 19 thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the LORD said.
  • 18. “If [and here we have the if of doubt] You [really] are the Son of God, throw Yourself down.”Jesus’response God’s people, led out of Egypt and given demonstration after demonstration of God’s power, ran out of water. At that moment of pressure they forgot all God’s goodness, and cried, “Is the Lord among us or not?” (Ex. 17:7) In questioning God’s presence and His love, they “put God to the test.” Make God prove Himself! Relationship with God must always rest on faith, and on confidence in God’s trustworthiness.
  • 19. Jesus didObedience notGod’s timing resisted Satan by Doubt quoting Scriptures
  • 20. JesusObedience resistedGod’s timing Satan by living out Doubt the Scriptures
  • 21. Can Jesus be tempted?
  • 22. False viewsof thePerson ofChrist
  • 23. The Person of Christ – Fully God, Fully human
  • 24. Christ EmptiedHimself ofDivineConsciousnessThe Son of God laid aside his participation in theGodhead when he became a man. All the attributes ofhis deity literally ceased when the incarnation occurred.The Logos became a soul residing in the human Jesus.
  • 25. Christ EmptiedHimself of theEternity Form ofBeingThe Logos exchanged his eternity-form for a time-form bound down by human nature. In this time-form Christ no longer had all the attributescommensurate with Deity, though he could usesupernatural powers.
  • 26. Christ EmptiedHimself of theIntegrity ofInfinite DivineExistence At Christs incarnation the Logos took up a double life. One "life center" continued to function consciously in the Trinity while the other became incarnated with human nature, unaware of the cosmic functions of Deity.
  • 27. Christ EmptiedHimself of theDivine ActivityThe Logos turned over all of his divine roles andduties to the Father. The incarnate Logos wasunaware of the happenings within the Godhead
  • 28. Five ways to deal with Temptations 1. Know yourself (The grass is always greener)
  • 29. 1. Know yourself Your weak Your points vulnerabilities The grass is always greener on the other side
  • 30. Your weak points “A man who carries gunpowder about with him, may well ask that he may not be led where the sparks are flying. If I have a heart like a bombshell, ready to explode at every moment, I may well pray God that I may be kept from the fire, lest my heart destroy me.” Charles H. Spurgeon, “Lead Us Not into Temptation” in Spurgeon’s Expository Encyclopedia (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996 [1863]) 14:394.
  • 31. Your weak points Wanting to eat food that will cause you to feel guilty after because you consider it to be fattening, unhealthy, or in excess Wanting to buy things you really want even though you dont have the money, or youve already got enough things and you know you really dont need more.
  • 32. Your weak points Wanting to yell at someone because youre frustrated and you cant restrain the temptation to lash out. This could be targeted at anyone in your life, including your partner, your children, your dog. Wanting to have an affair with someone. Wanting to indulge excessively in alcohol or take illicit drugs.
  • 33. Your weak points Wanting to give in to sexual urges which that are inappropriate such as viewing pornography, visiting prostitutes, sex before marriage, etc. Wanting to give in to procrastination and laziness. Youd rather not be bothered doing something even though you know you should.
  • 34. 1. Know yourself Your weak Your points vulnerabilities The grass is always greener on the other side
  • 35. Your vulnerabilities Boredom with your current situation or relationships. Indecision or lack of thought about what you want out of life, your job, your relationships, your future direction. Attention or affection-seeking. Perhaps youre feeling that not enough people are paying you adequate attention or affection.
  • 36. Your vulnerabilities Stress or feeling down. Frustration with the way things are headed in your life, with other people in your life, with yourself. Insecurity and low self esteem
  • 37. Your vulnerabilities Lack of faith in yourself, or in your faith or core beliefs. A need to prove something to other people in your life, maybe even as an act of revenge or "evening the score" (such as having an affair because a spouse had an affair). A short-term or shortsighted view of the gains and a lack of a bigger vision for your future.
  • 38. Five ways to deal with Temptations 1. Know yourself (The grass is always greener) 2. Develop a plan to resist (Prevention is better than cure)
  • 39. 2. Develop a plan to resist  What does it mean to be obedience to God  Jesus said, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (Jn. 17:17). Know and live the Word  Live by the Spirit  “led by the Spirit” (Gal. 5:17). “live in the Spirit” and “walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25). Prevention is better than cure
  • 40. 2. Develop a plan to resist  Defines your limits  alcohol, adultery, dating etc  Exercise your will power  Visualisation  Gratitude  Small resistance…fasting  Think of the consequences of failure Prevention is better than cure
  • 41. Five ways to deal with Temptations 1. Know yourself (The grass is always greener) 2. Develop a plan to resist (Prevention is better than cure) 3. Avoid temptations (batten down the hatches)
  • 42. 3. Avoiding temptations Avoid being in a compromising position  Behind closed doors  Bar  Hotel Remember your rules or limits Stop justifying your actions Batten down the hatches
  • 43. Five ways to deal with Temptations 1. Know yourself (The grass is always greener) 2. Develop a plan to resist (Prevention is better than cure) 3. Avoid temptations (batten down the hatches) 4. Resist and Pray (Dig in and stand your ground)
  • 44. 4. Resist and Pray Watch and pray (Matt. 26: 41)"Watch and pray so that you will not fall intotemptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." Dig in and stand your ground
  • 45. 4. Resist and Pray Watch and pray (Matt. 26: 41) God understand our weaknesses (Heb. 6:16)15For we do not have a high priest who is unable tosympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one whohas been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet waswithout sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of gracewith confidence, so that we may receive mercy and findgrace to help us in our time of need.Dig in and stand your ground
  • 46. 4. Resist and Pray Watch and pray (Matt. 26: 41) God understand our weaknesses (Heb. 6:16) God knows our limits (1 Cor. 1:13)13 No temptation has seized you except what is commonto man. And God is faithful; he will not let you betempted beyond what you can bear. But when you aretempted, he will also provide a way out so that you canstand up under it.
  • 47. Five ways to deal with Temptations 1. Know yourself (The grass is always greener) 2. Develop a plan to resist (Prevention is better than cure) 3. Avoid temptations (batten down the hatches) 4. Resist and Pray (Dig in and stand your ground) 5.Get help from others (Get reinforcement)
  • 48. 5. Get help from others Ecclesiastes 4:9-12ECC 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: ECC 4:10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! ECC 4:11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? ECC 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.Get reinforcement
  • 49. Five ways to deal with Temptations 1. Know yourself (The grass is always greener) 2. Develop a plan to resist (Prevention is better than cure) 3. Avoid temptations (batten down the hatches) 4. Resist and Pray (Dig in and stand your ground) 5.Get help from others (Get reinforcement)
  • 50. Sermon StatementIt was the human Jesus who resisted thetemptations of Satan by his lived experience ofthe Scriptures. This gives us hope that we canresist temptations by (1) knowing ourselves; (2)developing a plan to resist; (3) avoid temptations;(4) resist and pray; and to (5) get the help oftheirs.
  • 51. More of my sermons herehttp://www.kairos2.com/sermons_archives.htmTranscript of this sermon herehttp://www.kairos2.com/lead.not.temptations.htm