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SATAN’S TEMPTATION WAS DESIGNED TO DESTROY JESUS

SATAN‘S TEMPTATION WAS DESIGNED TO DESTROY JESUS

“GOD WILL TEST YOU FOR GOOD BUT NEVER TEMP YOU FOR EVIL.”

TODAY’S SCRIPTURES ARE FROM:  JOHN 10:10, JAMES 1:13, 1 CORINTHIANS 10:13   

Pastor Davis teaches on Temptation

Pastor Davis teaches on Temptation

Good Morning to all our brothers and sisters in Christ; readers, fellow-bloggers, and our many Disciples around the world, I am so excited this morning for the message God has given me to share with you.  It is a powerful message about Satan’s temptation of Jesus.

Now let’s begin by understanding this one truth, and that is, God is a God of love, his love for all his children transcends all evil.  When you experience temptation of any kind, know that it is not from God.  However, Satan is always waiting in the wing, waiting to destroy you and all that God is providing for you.  God wants you to live an abundant life, he wants to bless you, provide you with a life of love, joy and happiness, a life to be envied above all others.

Now, if you listen to Satan, and allow him to temp you to do evil things, things that are displeasing to GodSatan will take you straight to hell. Make no mistake about that.  Listen to what John tells us that Satan will do, and how if you listen to Jesus, you will never experience temptation beyond that which you can bear, but instead he will provide you with and abundant life.  This is how John describes the two situations.  He says, “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy.”  I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till itoverflows). (John 10:10 AMP).  The choice is yours, who do you follow?  Pause for a moment and watch this short video of how Satan worked to destroy Jesus and God’s Kingdom.

Now listen to what James tells us about this subject matter.  He says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one.”  (James 1:13 AMP).

We must obtain a correct view of God in order to persevere during times of trial specifically; we need to understand God’s view of our temptations.  Trials and temptations always present us with choices.  God wants us to make good choices, not evil ones.

Hardships can produce spiritual maturity and lead to eternal benefits if endured in faith.  But tests

English: The Temptation of Jesus on the Mountain

English: The Temptation of Jesus on the Mountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

can also be failed.  We can give in to temptation.  And when we fail, we often use all kinds of excuses and reasons for our actions.  The most dangerous of these is to say, “God is tempting me.”  It is crucial for us to remember that God tests people for goodhe does not tempt people for evil.  Even during temptation we can see God’s sovereignty in permitting Satan to tempt us in order to refine our faith and help us grow in our dependence on Christ.

Instead of persevering, we may give in or give up in the face of trial.   We might even rationalize that God is at fault for sending such a trying experience, and thus blame God for our failure.  From the beginning it has been a natural human response to make excuses and blame others for sin.  A person who makes excuses is trying to shift blame to something or someone else.

Christian, on the other hand, accepts responsibility for his or her wrongs, confesses them, and asks God for forgiveness.  Because God is never tempted to do wrong, he cannot be the author of temptation.  James is arguing against the pagan view of the gods where good and evil coexisted.  God does not wish evil on people; he does not cause evil; he does not try to trip people up, and he never tempts anyone.

PASTOR DAVIS SPEAKES BEFORE THE THRONE OF GRACE...

PASTOR DAVIS SPEAKS BEFORE THE THRONE OF GRACE…

At this point in our conversation I can image you asking me this question, Pastor Davis, “If God really loves us so much, why doesn’t he protect us from temptation?”  My response to you would be simply this, “A God who kept us from temptation would be a God unwilling to allow us to grow.”  In order for a test to be an effective tool for growth, it must be capable of being failed.  God actually proves his love by protecting us in temptation instead of protecting us from temptation.

In Paul’s first letter to the Church in Corinth, Paul wrote these words, “For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 AMP).

Know that God is able, and you must learn to trust him without doubt of any sort in your heart, and when you are able to do this you will begin to see supernatural things happen in your life. In order to be purified and cleansed of all unholy and unrighteous things, you must go through something, leaning and depending on God.  When you believe, you will achieve that which you are seeking. Know this for certain, and that is, “GOD WILL TEST YOU FOR GOOD BUT NEVER TEMP YOU FOR EVIL.”  Now let us close out this message today by listening to the Mississippi Mass Choir as they sing, “God’s Mercy and Grace!”

We hope that today’s message has been a blessing to your soul, if it has share it with someone so they too can receive their blessings. Leave us a message in our comment section, click the like button or send me an email to: davismbyarsjr@gmail.com  May God bless each one of you abundantly as you grow in His grace and mercy.

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TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING (JESUS FAITH IS TESTED)

The Temptation of Christ

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JESUS FAITH IS TESTED (ARE WE ANY DIFFERENT?) MATTHEW 4:1-11 MSG

Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready to give it. Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights. That left him, of course, in a state of extreme hunger, which the Devil took advantage of in the first test: “Since you are God‘s Son, speak the word that will turn these stones into loaves of bread.”

Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.”

For the second test the Devil took him to the Holy City. He sat him on top of the Temple and said, “Since you are God’s Son, jump.” The Devil goaded him by quoting Psalm 91: “He has placed you in the care of angels. They will catch you so that you won’t so much as stub your toe on a stone.”

Jesus countered with another citation from Deuteronomy: “Don’t you dare test the Lord your God.”

For the third test, the Devil took him to the peak of a huge mountain. He gestured expansively, pointing out all the earth’s kingdoms, how glorious they all were. Then he said, “They’re yours—lock, stock, and barrel. Just go down on your knees and worship me, and they’re yours.”

10Jesus’ refusal was curt: “Beat it, Satan!” He backed his rebuke with a third quotation from Deuteronomy: “Worship the Lord your God, and only him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.”

11The Test was over. The Devil left. And in his place, angels! Angels came and took care of Jesus’ needs.

May God add a blessing to the reader of His Holy Word, the hearer and the doer, in Jesus name.

 

 

 

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