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Gospel Corner: How To Handle Temptation 2 of 3

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Gospel Corner: How To Handle Temptation 2 of 3

 

(Matthew 4 vs 5-7)

“Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.” (Matthew 4:5).

If you think Church is the last place Satan will tempt you from, am very sorry ; you are wrong.
Infact, its that one place he makes people boast, pride and despair.
In Matthew 4 vs 5, Jesus was taken to the HOLY CITY ; Satan surely walks up to the holy of hollies if he has to in order for him to get what he wants.
Its at the highest point of the temple that Jesus was taken. You may be a church elder, youth leader, praise team lead singer or any other minister of any sort. The more people you have looking up to you, the more the devil will want you to fall so you can bring a one third with you; when the devil was exiled in heaven, he brought a one third with him.

This time, Jesus was taken to his comfort zone ; Holy City.
And Satan with his ‘if theory’ once more ;

“If you are the Son of God”, he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” (Matthew 4:6).

Satan is using scripture from Psalms 91 vs 11 and 12 to push Jesus to trust and rely on The Father for protection.
Some one can be able to quote the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, speak words of great encouragement and faith yet their Heart is filled with enmity for God.
Enough people misquote the scriptures for personal interest, selfishness and alike. One of the most common but misquoted scriptures is Matthew 7 vs 1, ‘Judge not that ye be not judged’, alot of people find this to be a loophole to not speaking out when something is not right saying ‘am not judgemental’. Look up 1Cor 2 vs 5 and understand this better.

In verse 7, Jesus resists the misquote not with urguement or saying, ‘whatever I ask of the Father is given unto me’, but with another quote from Deutronomy 6 vs 16 ; Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” (Matthew 4:7).

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.(Hebrews 4:12).
The word of God is a weapon; it can be used for or against you.
Its very dangerous to close your Bible and forget when you don’t understand something. Go and talk to your church elders, pastors, youth leaders or any other minister of the word for clarity. He who asks is ignorant for a while, but he who keeps quite is ignorant forever.
Dont hesitate, approuch someone everytime you have have trouble with understanding.

 

By: MayJAH

How to handle Temptation(part 1 of 3

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How to handle Temptation(part 1 of 3


Matthew 4 vs 1-4

A Lot of people think when you become born again or baptized you’re no longer vulnerable to temptation. If temptation doesn’t come your way, then something is wrong.

In Matthew 3 vs 7, Jesus got baptized, the Spirit of the Lord decended on Him and a voice from Heaven said, ‘this is my Son, whom I love and am well pleased with.’
It was after his baptism that Had was lead into the desert by the Spirit of the Lord.
After fasting forty days and nights, He was hungry.
In this context, we need to understand that Jesus was vulnerable for he was hungry.
Look closely at what happens in verse 3 ; The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread”.
He didn’t have to ask him if he was hungry or not, he obviously watched Jesus during the fasting period. The time he was going to temp Jesus, he knew exactly what Jesus’ weakness at that particular time was ; hunger.

The devil didnt say, ‘you’re the son of God’, instead he mocks him by saying, ‘if you’re’. ‘if’ expresses condition, dought and a dare ; if you’re a man, go ahead and take up a second wife, if you’re a girl, get hooked with a man older than your father and so on.
The devil dared Jesus to show off His authority to prove He was who God said He was; His son.

You too might be in a situation that requires you to show people around you who the boss is, or you in need of something very important or dear to your life. Somebody will surely come your way and tell you to do all wrongs to get to your goal.
There’s a common saying; Use what you have to get what you want. That’s very true but it depends on how you apply it.
Jesus would have used His power as the son of God and turned stones to bread, instead He did not.

A stone(stones) is/are that challenge you’re in ; things that destruct you and may cause you to stumble.

Bread is something that satisfies you and is for ‘your’ stomach ; some thing that involves your personal need or selfish desire without considering God.

The devil was simply telling Jesus to turn His tough times to personal pleasure/fun.

Now, look at how Jesus answers (verse 4) ; Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
He did not say am the son of God and you know its true, or am the son of God and hunger doesn’t know me, neither did he say who are you to tell me what to do? Instead he quotes Deuteronomy 8 vs 3 ; that’s the word from the mouth of God.

Nomatter how challenging/tough your situation may seem, focus on what Gods word (the Bible) says about you.
If the Bible says you are bright, go out there and shine. If it says failure is your portion, let it be so ; but as far as God is concern, failure is not your portion.

Don’t entertain the devil by asking him questions or telling him things from your head, instead speak the word of God to him. Instead of bragging of who you are, show him who you are by not bending Gods word for personal pleasure.

Hunger is a temporal situation in your life ; don’t eat the wrong bread to satisfy it, instead bring in Jesus Christ the Bread of Life.

>MaYJa<