This is Part 3 of a 3-part series in which I describe the 3 biggest temptations used by the devil to shake our faith. If you haven’t read Part 1 and 2, you can begin reading them at The Three Biggest Temptations, Part 1.
Finishing up our series, we are drawing wisdom from Matthew 4:1-11 from Jesus’ own wilderness experience.
Looking Back For Just A Minute
Falling for the first temptation is to believe we’re only physical beings; that there isn’t a spiritual side to our lives. The devil tries to convince us to forget God and do things on our own. If that doesn’t work, then the 2nd temptation tries to get us to doubt God and His Word. Will God really take care of us? Can His Word be trusted? When we still don’t fall, the devil moves to his final temptation.
This is Part 2 of a 3-part series in which I describe the 3 biggest temptations used by the devil to shake our faith. If you haven’t read Part 1, you can read the introduction and about the first temptation at The Three Biggest Temptations, Part 1. Continuing our series, we are drawing wisdom from Matthew 4:1-11 from Jesus’ own wilderness experience.
Looking Back For Just A Minute
Boy, could you relate to the first temptation to do things on your own and forget you need God? I sure could. I’m a fixer by nature and when I see a problem, I do my level best to fix it. Furrowing my brow, I put on my “I can do this by myself” cap, and try solving the issue. It’s not until after discovering another stress wrinkle and developing a headache that I realize I can’t fix it. I remember once again how much I need God in my life and so, I say sorry and ask for His solution.
We all want to do great things for God. As Christians, our deepest desire should be to tell others about Him, to reach those who don’t yet know Him as Lord and Savior. But before God can fully trust us with this task, we must be tested. Jesus came to earth to accomplish the greatest mission in history; he came to die so we could inherit heaven, but even the Son of God had to be tested. In this 3-part series, I will describe the 3 biggest temptations used by the devil to knock us off our mission. Drawing wisdom from Matthew 4:1-11, we can learn from Jesus’ own wilderness experience.
Adam Failed His Test
To understand Matthew 4, we must travel back to Genesis 2 where God gave the first man, Adam, his mission.
Disclaimer: This post is about my personal journey to live out a spine-tingling spiritual life. I’ve diligently searched scripture regarding spiritual gifts. I’ve made a determination of belief based on what was written in the Bible and not on what is or is not happening in our world today.
Cessation vs Continuation
Depending on what church you attend probably determines your belief about spiritual gifts. If you attend a cessation church, you might believe that some, if not all spiritual gifts have ceased. You would say that tongues, healings, and miracles were for the establishment of the early church and are no longer needed. However, if you attend a continuation church, you most likely believe all the gifts are active, desperately needed, and still given by the Holy Spirit to the body of Christ.
Now, I’m a bit more complicated.
Rediscover The Benefits of Being Together.
Remember back when churches regularly planned a gathering to have “dinner on the grounds?” I remember as a kid seeing long tables filled with what seemed like delicacies to my young appetite. It was amazing how much food came in as one lady after another brought in her dish. Before long, every table was full. Boy, those were the good ole’ days!
Have you noticed that porches have gotten smaller? Why is that? Could it be that the porch is no longer needed to welcome neighbors passing by or for families and friends to gather? Houses had wrap-around porches filled with chairs and swings. Now, they consist of a square piece of concrete with barely enough space for a potted plant. Meaningful gatherings are becoming things of the past.
Ten Reasons Why Jesus Understands.
Hebrews 4:15 bothered me for years. It says: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet without sin.” I know about Jesus’ suffering, how he was beaten and forced to wear a crown of thorns; how they nailed him to a wooden cross by his hands and feet and left him there to die. That would be the ultimate definition of suffering. And if I were being crucified, I know Jesus could relate, but what about the things we go through in life? Like when I got divorced, I wondered…can Jesus relate to my suffering? Getting a divorce is not something Jesus ever did. He was never married to a woman. So how on God’s green earth can Jesus relate to someone getting divorced?