Jesus is Tempted by the Devil Luke 4:1-13
Our Lord’s example of persevering and overcoming is a pattern for every trial we face, incl. Covid 19
I. Temptation focusses on our physical appetites but God’s word says we were made for more. (Luke 4:1-4)
Going to Walmart has never been so dangerous.
“If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” — Satan
“Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
II. Temptation would have us demand our rights but God’s word says we’re already free in Christ. (Luke 4:5-8)
Have we given up our freedom by following the governor’s mandate?
“If you worship me, it will all be yours.” — Satan
Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.
III. Temptation causes fear but God’s word says that we are safe. (Luke 4:9-13)
Covid 19 asks the question, “can God be trusted to keep us safe?” Do we have a right to expect God to protect us?
“Throw yourself down” — Satan
“Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
Overcoming temptation and persevering through trial provides great opportunity for spiritual victory. If we hold the course and trust God our faith will grow. The same testing the Devil intends to destroy us God uses to strengthen our character.