1 month 2 weeks ago #11576 by FemiClef
​​​​​​  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *HOW TO OVERCOME THE DEVIL* *TEXT:* MATTHEW 4:1-11._*KEY VERSE* "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil" (MATTHEW 4:1)._  It was Martin Luther who said that "My temptations have been my Masters in Divinity". For this militant saint, every temptation was an opportunity to do good and to show forth the glory of God who had called him to honour, glory and grace. Satan-inspired temptations are clear signs that he hates us and not a sign that God has abandoned us or that we have become weak or worldly. Our passage for meditation reveals that Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Here we see divine permission for the Son of God to be tried and tested by the devil. The Apostle Paul reminds us that no temptation comes to us that God does not know of. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:1 3). Going through trials and temptations is an integral part of the Christian experience. Nobody is immune to temptations. Rather, we are assured of help to go through it by the power of God who controls all forces of life. Satan's onslaught during temptation is to make us falter and fall but the knowledge of who God is and obedience to His word provides us the inner strength to overcome the devil. Jesus had resounding victories over him by the effective use of the Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17). We must do the same. Victory is sure for all who follow the Lord's example. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* Temptation lose its power when Jesus is with us.  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* LEVITICUS 15-17. *MEDITATION* Some lessons on temptations *1. Why was Jesus led by the Holy Spirit to a place of temptation?*a. To prove to the world that man need not fall into sin like the first Adam. b. To show that the Second Adam, and of course, every new creature has power to overcome temptations.c. To silence the devil, who is called "the accuser of our brethren", who may still want to boast to God, like in the case of Job, that man still loves sin than God if left alone.*2. Other lessons*a. The tempter is the devil whether you see him or not. He only uses visible agents.a. Temptation is not sin. Jesus was tempted "yet without sin".b. Temptation does not respect spirituality. Jesus was at a spiritual peak and yet was tempted.b. Temptation does not respect anointing. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit (check Luke account) and yet was tempted.c. Temptation does not respect location. Jesus was in a dry wilderness, yet temptation met Him there.d. Temptation does not respect status. Jesus was poor at that time without food.e. Temptation does not respect human presence. Nobody was with Jesus when He was tempted. Self isolation does is not the solution.e. All the temptations can be summarised into 3: list of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life, I John 2:15-17. *Q* Can you see the 3 fold temptation in the temptation of first Adam?f. Even though temptations can be classified into the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life, the sophistication, wiles and complexities differ as one grows in grace.*Q* What other lessons can you learn?*3. Word that conquers temptations*a. Don't converse with the devil. Your intelligence cannot handle the "wiser than man". Jesus did not converse with the devil He only spoke the word of God firmly.b. If your heart is filled with the word of God, Satan cannot match you with all his subtilty. So get acquainted.c. Take time to be studying the word because if you are spiritual, Satan will still falsely manipulate and misinterprete word of God to tempt you. *Q* Can you observe how he did it against Jesus?d. Jesus was led by the Spirit to be tempted, but Jesus told us to always pray, "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one (Satan)".*Q* Do you remember to pray this often?e. Finally, if you are a child of God, there is no temptation you cannot overcome. Resist persistently and he will flee. Never give up, I Corinthians 10:13, James 4:7. f. For the young in faith constantly harassed by familiar or besetting sin, identify the process and tricks that the enemy use and avoid it. Yielding is sin, so flee from every environment and circumstances that will expose you to sin, I Thess 5:22. *Prayer points*God, daily lead me closer to you and lead me away from temptationsHoly Spirit, always remind me of the prevailing word of God anytime I am temptedLord, I ask that you show the path of constant victory to saints often harassed with temptationsLord, let the Spirit of holiness and victory over sins rule your Church *HYMN*Yield not to temptation

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