Jesus' 40 Days And 40 Nights In The Desert (4 of 10) by Stan Coffey

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Jesus' 40 Days And 40 Nights In The Desert (4 of 10)
Stan Coffey
Matthew 4
October 9, 2002

I had a message from Pastor Rick Warren this week and he said that for the last four or five years they've used this spiritual growth approach, 40 Days of Purpose, every single year as their fall kick off. He believes that this is a method God has really used to grow their church and really connect people in their church to the small groups and tie people into the church. And so I'm really excited about how many people are already involved. I know people are looking now for small groups to be a part of. Well tonight I want you to take God's word and turn to Matthew 4 and you're going to have to do a lot of your own work tonight. I could have had an outline for you. I have an outline right here. I could have copied it for you but I didn't. You're going to maybe take a pen or pencil and write some of these things down or listen very carefully as we look at Jesus' 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness.

Now if you were here last Wednesday night we talked about David, the second half of the message on David and how, after 40 days and 40 nights of being challenged by Goliath David slew Goliath. We said that was a picture of what? A picture of the believer, the warfare that we face against Satan. And we said that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and against the spiritual wickedness in high places. And that battle that David had with Goliath is the perfect illustration of how the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. But they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. You'll remember that David refused the king's armor. Instead of taking the king's armor David took up a powerful motive. He had a powerful master. David used powerful methods. Through that he defeated the giant. There is a giant who is our adversary. His name is Satan.

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