Handling the Big "T"

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Handling the Big "T"

  1. 1. Handling the Big “T” Matthew 4:1-11
  2. 3. Handling the Big “T” Matthew 4:1-11
  3. 4. Matthew 4:1-11 <ul><li>1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. </li></ul><ul><li>2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. </li></ul><ul><li>3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” </li></ul>
  4. 5. Matthew 4:1-11 <ul><li>4 Jesus answered, &quot;It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Matthew 4:1-11 <ul><li>6 &quot;If you are the Son of God,&quot; he said, &quot;throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’&quot; </li></ul>
  6. 7. Matthew 4:1-11 <ul><li>7 Jesus answered him, &quot;It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Matthew 4:1-11 <ul><li>9 &quot;All this I will give you,&quot; he said, &quot;if you will bow down and worship me.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>10 Jesus said to him, &quot;Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. NIV </li></ul>
  8. 9. 1. Jesus Knew the Tempter <ul><li>Satan would test Him when He was the weakest. </li></ul><ul><li>Satan would come and twist the truth/God’s promises. </li></ul><ul><li>Satan knows where you’re the weakest – he knows where/how to tempt you. </li></ul>
  9. 10. 1. Jesus Knew the Tempter <ul><li>Satan is continually about the business of temptation. If he doesn’t get you the first time, he’ll try again. </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 4:13 says, “he left Him until an opportune time.” </li></ul><ul><li>Satan will wait for another/better opportunity. </li></ul>
  10. 11. 2. Jesus Knew Temptation <ul><li>Jesus experienced some incredible temptations. </li></ul><ul><li>He fully played by the rules that God set up in His Word. </li></ul><ul><li>He could’ve changed the rules. </li></ul><ul><li>He went through the temptation with the same rules and power that we have. </li></ul>
  11. 12. 2. Jesus Knew Temptation <ul><li>He experienced same tough tempting: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-centeredness: He could have used His power to meet His own needs. Matt. 4:3-4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meet MY needs first before anyone else’s! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pride: He could have performed miracles for attention. Matt 4:5-7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look at ME and what I can do! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 13. 2. Jesus Knew Temptation <ul><li>He experienced same tough tempting: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compromise: He could have compromised His relationship with God. Matt 4:8-10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No one will ever know – it’s just a small thing! </li></ul></ul></ul>Although Jesus was fully human and faced every temptation we do, He was fully God and never gave in to temptation and never sinned.
  13. 14. 3. Jesus Knew the Truth <ul><li>Every time Jesus was faced with temptation from Satan, He countered it with the truth in God’s Word. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Jesus’ Three Responses <ul><li>Matt 4:4 - &quot;It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'&quot; NIV </li></ul><ul><li>Matt 4:7 - &quot;It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” NIV </li></ul><ul><li>Matt 4:10 - &quot;Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'&quot; NIV </li></ul>
  15. 16. 3. Jesus Knew the Truth <ul><li>Every time Jesus was faced with temptation from Satan, He countered it with the truth in God’s Word. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus didn’t rely on arguing, out-thinking, discussing, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus relied on the truth/God’s Word – it’s power and promises. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Psalm 119:11 <ul><li>11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. NIV </li></ul>
  17. 18. 4. Jesus Knows Your Temptation <ul><li>Jesus didn’t face temptation so He could get a high five from God; He did it to better understand us and to help us. </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrews 4:14-16 says Jesus understands what we’re going through. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Corinthians 10:13 says He will give us strength and make a way out. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Challenge/Action Steps <ul><li>1. Know Your Enemy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where are you the weakest? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How are you the most tempted? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know that he will return at another opportune time. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. Challenge/Action Steps <ul><li>2. Know Your God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promises – God promises to give you strength and a way out. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Power – There is power in God’s truth and in prayer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan – Think through your plan of escape from temptation – it will turn temptation into an opportunity to run to God for strength. </li></ul></ul>

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