When the Devil Comes Knocking (3 of 11) by Jeff Schreve

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When the Devil Comes Knocking (3 of 11)
Series: Footsteps
Jeff Schreve
Matthew 4:1-3

Three elderly women were talking one day and they were talking about just the trials and tribulations of getting older. And one of the ladies said, ''You know,'' she said, ''it is so bad.'' She said, ''I find myself sometimes at the refrigerator with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand and I can't remember, am I putting this away or was I making a sandwich.'' And the other lady said, ''I know exactly what you mean.'' She said, ''Sometimes I find myself on the landing on the stairs and I can't remember, was I going up or was I coming down.'' The third lady was listening to that and she said, ''Man, I'm glad I don't have those problems, knock of wood. Whoops, there's the door. I'll get it!'' (Laughter).

We're in a series called, ''Footsteps: What it Really Means to Follow Jesus.'' And today, as we follow Jesus, we want to look at the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness in a message I've entitled, ''When the Devil Comes Knocking.''

How many people can relate to being attacked by the devil; when the devil comes to knock on your door and comes to tempt you and comes to entice you? You know, we're tempted in lots of different ways. And one of the things that's good to know is Jesus was tempted. It's not a sin to be tempted. The Bible says in Proverbs chapter 22, verse 3, ''The prudent man sees the evil and hides himself, but the naïve go on and are punished for it.'' It's the difference between temptation and sin. Temptation is you see the evil. And when you conquer temptation, you hide yourself. You run from the evil. The naïve go on and are punished for it. That's the difference between temptation and sin. It's not a sin to be tempted, because Jesus was tempted. It's a sin to yield to that temptation. And we're tempted in all sorts of things. We're tempted to lie. We're tempted to lust. We're tempted to lash out in anger. We're tempted to make decisions that will help us in th ...

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