Temptations in Our Lives
Tony R. Nester
Luke 4:1-13 (TNIV)- Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 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: 'People do 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; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 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. For 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 is said: '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.
The Devil has exquisite timing.
Although the Devil had Jesus in his sights for forty days he strategically waited until the very end of the wilderness trial when Jesus was at his weakest from hunger. "Tell these stones to turn to bread," said the Tempter.
Just when Jesus was, as Luke says, "full of the Holy Spirit," the Enemy came to interject into Jesus a competitive allegiance by promising Jesus the kingdoms of this world.
This time, instead of aiming at Jesus' weakness, Satan aimed at Jesus' greatest strength: his loyalty to the Father. "Worship me and you will have all the world can offer."
And for the third temptation the Accuser took Jesus in a vision to ...
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