Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Have You Been Tempted Like Jesus?

By Allen White

We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin Hebrews 4:15 (MSG).

Three areas of temptation are common to everybody: pleasure, possessions, and prestige (1 John 2:16). The Bible refers to these as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:16, KJV). Whatever we are tempted with really comes down to one of these three categories.

At the end of a 40-day fast, Jesus was tempted just as we are (Matthew 4:1-11). The devil took advantage of Jesus’ physical condition by tempting him to turn stones into bread. Jesus was tempted with pleasure.

Then, the devil turns to prestige. He even uses Scripture to challenge Jesus’ authority and ability by tempting Him to jump off the highest point of the temple and let the angels rescue Him (Matthew 4:5-6).

Finally, the devil offers possessions by taking Jesus up to a very high mountain and making an offer: “All of this I will give you…if you will bow down and worship me” (Matthew 4:9, NIV).

Jesus faced what we face. He understands. How can Jesus help you today?

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