Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1-11
A. Temptation can mean to try or test your faith as in hardship, sickness, persecution, etc. 1 Peter 1:6-7. It can mean an enticement to sin. Matthew 6:13.
B. Every Christian will face temptation. 2 Timothy 3:12; James 1:2
C. Temptation can be a facilitator or catalyst to sin. James 1:13-15
D. Temptation can be a facilitator or catalyst that produces strong faith. James 1:2-4
E. Temptations come in various forms but often there is one problem that we may keep having.
F. The temptation of Christ is an example to help us overcome.
I. Know the enemy
A. The Devil is called by many names.
B. The Devil will attack immediately.
1. Jesus has just been baptized before the temptation.
2. New converts, he is focused on you.
C. The Devil tempts us where we are most vulnerable.
1. Jesus had fasted and was hungry.
2. How could making bread be a sin?
3. Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22
II. Make preparation for trials.
A. Ways we are tempted. 1 John 2:16
1. Lust of the flesh.
2. Lust of the eyes.
3. Pride of life.
B. Jesus was tempted in each way.
1. By understanding these ways we know what to look for.
C. Know Your Bible
1. With each temptation of Satan Jesus says. “it is written”.
2. We need to read and study our Bible.
III. Sweet taste of Victory.
A. The Devil left Jesus.
1. Angels came and ministered unto him.
2. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7
B. Victory is the salvation of our souls.
We are given assurance that temptation cannot win over us. 1 Corinthians 10:13