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My Ability to Overcome Temptation Depends On My Intimacy with God
by Dinora Garza
02/01/13
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Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.


And the devil said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”


Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give you, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.Therefore, if you will worship before me, all will be yours.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.”

Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here.For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you,and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”  And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’

Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time. ” (Luke 4: 1-13)

In order to overcome temptation, we have to possess the Holy Spirit, and we have to spend time in prayer and the study of the Scriptures. The Bible teaches that the Word of God is the sword of the Spirit; therefore a Christian must defend himself using the truth of the Word of God.

Jesus was tempted in three areas: the lust of the flesh (hunger), the lust of the eyes (he beheld in a moment all the glory he could get), and the pride of life (he was asked by Satan to prove how important He was)

He overcame Satan’s lies with the truth of the Bible: When He was tempted to meet His physical needs, He answered that He didn’t depend on himself.  He depended on His Father’s words. When He was offered power and glory in exchange for submission to Satan, he answered that He would worship and serve only God. To the opportunity of feeling important he answered with the confidence of who He was, “I trust my Father. He has nothing to prove me”.

During His temptation our Master showed how faithful, righteous and full of conviction He was.

If we spend enough time in the Scriptures and prayer, we will be able to overcome Satan's lies with the Word of God as well, and our conviction and faithfulness will show in our lives for His glory.



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