March 5, 2023
Deliver Us From Evil
- Matt Nickoson
Do you ever find it hard to do what you know you ought to do?
Luke 4:1-2 NIV
"Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 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."
A fresh commitment to the Lord can be a trigger for great temptation.
Luke 4:3 NIV
"The devil said to him, 'If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.'"
The temptation is to meet your own needs and not trust in God to meet them.
Luke 4:4 NIV
"Jesus answered, 'It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone.'"
Deuteronomy 8:2-3 NIV
"Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord."
Luke 4:5-7 NIV
"The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, 'I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.'"
The temptation is to trade God's provision for selfish pleasure.
Luke 4:8 NIV
"Jesus answered, 'It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.''" (Quoting Deuteronomy 6:13)
Luke 4:9-11 NIV
"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.''
Psalms 91:9-10 NIV
"If you say, 'The Lord is my refuge,' and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent."
Psalms 91:11-13 NIV
"For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
The temptation is to test God rather than trust God.
Luke 4:12 NIV
"Jesus answered, 'It is said: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.''" (Quoting Deuteronomy 6:16)
Luke 4:13a NIV
"When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him … "
James 4:7-8a NIV
"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you."
"Sometimes we find ourselves tiring of Jesus, imagining that we have seen all there is to see and used up all the pleasure there is to be had in Him. We get spiritually bored. But Jesus has satisfied the mind and heart of the infinite God for eternity. Our boredom is simple blindness. If the Father can be infinitely and eternally satisfied in Him. Then He must be overwhelmingly all-sufficient for us in every situation for all eternity. That's why the gospel is not lacking because Jesus is not lacking." - Dr. Michael Reeves, Delighting in God
Luke 4:13 NIV
"When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him … until an opportune time."
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 NIV
"So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."
James 1:2-4 NIV
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
James 1:12 NIV
"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."