Tempting to read the word
Luke 4:1-13 : Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, 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. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.'” The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’’”
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. 10For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'”
Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Though I haven’t spent 40 days in the desert, I can absolutely relate to Jesus’ experience here. I am actively seeking after God, looking to be led by the Spirit, to be full of the Holy Spirit. And what happens to Jesus? He is tempted. The devil works on his physical needs by tempting Jesus to turn the rocks into bread. Then the devil tries to tempt Jesus with power and authority with the offer of the kingdoms of the world, and the final temptation is to see if God really does care for Jesus.
So when Jesus is really close to His Father he is also greatly tempted. This is my experience, when I feel closest to God is when the temptations increase. Why is this? The devil hates to see me really grow as a Christian, and will use every device it can to draw me away from God. Whether it is my physical needs, or an interest in power and authority, or whether God really does have a plan for me.. whatever it takes, the temptation does increase. But so what!!! I know how to respond, Jesus quotes Scripture, Jesus answers the temptation with truth. Jesus refuses to accept the lies the devil presents.
So when I am tempted, I too should answer with Scripture, which means, I really need to know the Bible. Which is why part of drawing near to God is reading His Word and opening ourselves to the truth, rather than being drawn away by the lies of the enemy.
What are your thoughts on this passage? Please leave your comments below. I really look forward to growing and learning with you!
God bless ya,
Rev Mark Brown
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