Flee Temptation, Part 1
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. Luke 4:1-2 NIV
When it comes to facing temptation, I know for most of you this will not apply. You aren’t tempted towards sin. You never have a sinful thought go through your mind. You don’t get excited about those things which would not please God. Maybe this will just be a series for me.
NOT! Of course you are tempted....if you are still breathing that is! Chances are pretty good, that if you are reading this, then you are still breathing, and therefore, still being tempted. The Bible says that “no temptation has seized you, except what is common to man.” We are all tempted. The question is: What do we need to do about it?
Jesus faced temptation. The devil, knowing that Jesus was fully human, attempted to get Jesus to denounce His deity and become an outcast from God; like the devil is. Notice that in this passage we will be looking at this week, Jesus was “led by the Spirit” into the desert. God is not a tempter, the devil is, so perhaps Jesus was going to the desert to fast and pray. Whatever the reason, the devil tries to take advantage of the situation. And, whenever you are trying to seek God, the devil will take advantage of your situation as well.
The first thing we notice about Jesus that gives Him success in temptation is that Jesus was “full of the Holy Spirit”. If you and I are going to stand tall against temptation, then we will need to be filled with the Spirit of God. At salvation, we receive all of the Holy Spirit that we will ever have or need, but He doesn’t receive all of us. We still battle our flesh. As we rid ourselves of sin, seek God fully, and commit our lives completely to Him, the Holy Spirit can have more of our heart, and we can be truly filled with Him.