Word 4U Today

TEMPTATION 3: Up-down-Up-down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A-Start

‘“I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me”’ Matthew 4:9

 

Satan shows Jesus everything that would one day be His: ‘all the kingdoms of the world and their glory’ (v.8).

Then he offers Him a way to get them all nowwithout going through everything He would have to face in His life: mockery, misunderstandings, and of course, the agony of the cross. It’s the biggest short-cut of all time.

Jesus knew that if He took Satan’s “cheat” option over the Cross, humanity would lose any chance of being reunited with God.

Dodging His own pain would have been disaster for you and me.

He is Lord, and all kingdoms and glory are His, but the Trinity’s plan was His sacrifice for us, and through that Jesus glorified not only as our God, but as our Saviour.

If we live to take for ourselves only – whether its power, sex, another human being, or sometimes even too much of good experiences and things like food – those things will all turn to ash in our mouths.

Comfort is never comfort, really, when it’s grasped at the expense of something more important.

And if you’re going after selfish comfort, and going against God’s good plans, you’ll end up causing pain.

Back in the wilderness, Jesus was steps ahead of this. ‘“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him’ (v.10) Can you say the same when you’re offered cheat-short-cuts via easy temptation?

 

What now?

Read Paul’s words in Galatians 2:20. In what ways are you tempted to settle for an easy life – instead of a life of faith? And flip back to Saturday August 10th if you want a bit more info on God’s way to live.

 

Don’t miss Part 1 Part 2 of this series

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August 26th, 2013

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