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OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

December 31, 2013

Tuesday

Luke 4:13

And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

 

EXAMPLE

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

Margaret Thatcher

 

LESSON

The devil only “left” Jesus temporarily; he continued to tempt Him later. God has a specific goal and purpose for his Church and for each individual Christian. Satan’s intention is to cause the Church and the individual Christian to deviate from that destiny and, in so doing, to thwart the will and design of God.

Jesus’ purpose was to go to the Cross. If he had begun to give into his appetites at the beginning of his ministry he would have never had the self-denial required to face the ultimate torment of the cross! He would have lost the goal of his incarnation!

“Moses fasted in the middle, Elijah at the end, Jesus at the beginning of His ministry. Moses fasted in the Presence of God; Elijah alone; Jesus assaulted by the Devil. Moses had been called up by God; Elijah had gone forth in the bitterness of his own spirit; Jesus was driven by the Spirit. Moses failed after his forty day’s fast, when in indignation he cast the Tables of the Law from him; Elijah failed before his forty day’s fast; Jesus was assailed for forty days and endured the trial. Moses was angry against Israel; Elijah despaired of Israel; Jesus overcame for Israel.”

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 6:13

 

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