Scripture Reading: Luke 4:1–13
A. Like it or not, temptation is something we all face (1 Corinthians 10;13).
B. Even though we all fall to temptation at times, the Scriptures teach us not to fear it (2 Peter 2:9; James 1:2–4). How should we deal with it?
I. Run whenever you get a chance.
A. The Bible tells us to run from temptation (1 Corinthians 6:18), fornication (1 Corinthians 10:14), and youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22).
B. We need to run from the very appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:21–22; 1 Corinthians 10:14–28).
C. We need to run from strangers (John 10:1–5).
II. Pray without ceasing.
A. This is one of the things that helped Jesus through temptation (Luke 4:2; Matthew 4:12; Luke 22:39-46).
B. Jesus taught His disciples to pray in the face of temptation (Matthew 6:13; Mark 14:38).
C. When you meet with temptation, prayer can be an invaluable ally (Acts 4:23–31).
III. Study God’s word with diligence.
A. Jesus relied heavily on Scripture when tempted (Matthew 19:3–6).
B. Careful study will prepare us to withstand temptation (Psalms 119:11; Matthew 12:34–37).
A. While it is not a pleasant part of life, temptation is nothing to fear, for we know our Savior is both able and willing to help us.
B. If we will stand with the Lord, we can withstand all of the fiery darts that the adversary has to throw at us.