Flee Temptation, Part 4
The devil led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If You are the Son of God," he said, "throw Yourself down from here. For it is written: " `He will command His angels concerning You to guard You carefully; they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.' " Jesus answered, "It says: `Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' " Luke 4:10-12 NIV
One thing I think we learn about facing temptation from watching Jesus respond to temptation, is that the devil will try to turn us against God. He will try to convince you that God doesn’t care.
Have you ever felt like that? If God doesn’t care, then why would you pray? If God doesn’t care, then why do I waste my time on Him? On the other hand, if God does care, then why am I hurting so much? If He does care, then why is my life in such a mess?
I think the devil was saying to Jesus, “Okay, You trust God so much, see if He really loves You. See if He really cares. Test God!” After all, Jesus was out in the desert with nothing but the assurance of God. He didn’t have food and water. The devil did. He didn’t have great kingdoms at His disposal at the time. The devil did. Why should He really trust God anyway? Why not put Him to the test?
Jesus passed the test of temptation by reminding the devil, as well as Himself, that God did not need to be put to the test. God has proven Himself every single time. In the end, God wins, every time!
Jesus, when about to face crucifixion, went to the Garden and prayed, “not my will, but thy will”. This was His heart. This was His devotion; His passion; His direction of life. Jesus could face temptation because He had already decided who God is!
Have you? Have you settled in your mind that God is Who He claims to be and will do what He claims He will do? Have you decided that you don’t have to “test” God, because you know He is the Truth and the Life? Are you living by faith and not by sight?
You see, when we live as Jesus did, trusting in God completely, then we will be able to flee temptation and run into His arms, because we will be assured that we are running towards the One who can “meet all our needs according to His richness in Christ Jesus.”
Oh, Lord, let me face temptation like Jesus!
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