September 3, 2023 - Sunday 10:00 AM CST
1 Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was being led around by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had finished, He was hungry. 3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE.’” 5 And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this dominion and its glory, for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 “Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.” 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’”
9 And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, ‘HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU TO GUARD YOU,’ 11 and, ‘ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, LEST YOU STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.’”
12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.’” 13 And when the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.
1 John 2:15—17, 1 Corinthians 10:12—14, James 1:13b, Luke 3:22b
First satan attempts to get the believers to doubt God’s love and willingness to provide for them.
Second he attempts to get us to doubt God’s plan.
And finally he attempts to get us to presume on God….to demand things from Him….to treat Him as a genie.
“[Believers] must trust God’s love, submit to His plan, and refuse to presume on His promises and grace. By doing so, they will successfully resist the devil and see him flee from them.” Dr. John MacArthur