Temptation is Real. So is Jesus! | Pastor Donnie's Message | 04.26.20

Updated: Jan 22

Luke 4:1-13

1. Where are you being lead?

2. The Word is food.

3. Do you want a big kingdom?

4. Temptation lasts for a time, not a lifetime.

1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit [a]into the wilderness, 2 being [b]tempted for forty days by the devil.

And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

1. Where are you being lead?

Jesus the hero of time, the Hero and Godman was being filled with the Spirit.

Filled with the Spirit,

not just receiving the baptism of water but the Filling of the Spirit of God.

Jesus goes out into the Wilderness.

He doesn’t go the town

He doesn’t go the Synagogue

He’s not lead into city,

He’s lead into the wilderness.

The wild, if you will. Not the call of the wild, jack London version, the wilderness in Israel.

The definition of wilderness is said to be:

1. a desert, wilderness

2. deserted places, lonely regions

3. an uncultivated region fit for pasturage

maybe a region or area similar to us.

A dry, maybe hot place.

So being filled…the Spirit lead him not to eat for 40 days.

Wow, 40 days.

That’s a long time not to eat.

You’re in a place that’s wild-

Can you imagine the amount of feelings the Lord Jesus must have been feeling?

Hey feelings, are great, but they are not truth.

Side bar

One religious sect believes that they need to have the feeling of a burning bosom in order to know that they’re a part of that religious group.

Back on the topic. Jesus was led to an unsafe place of lions and tigers and bears and there’s no food or he chooses not to eat. That’s another question.

The Spirit led him into this place.

The Spirit led him to not eat.

Prayer and fasting are a great thing to do in the body of Christ and in the realm of Christianity. Sometimes, denying ourselves can lead to understanding more about who we are and it allows for the inner Spiritual man to be awakened and challenged.

Jesus was lead to a desert.

Jesus was taken to a place being reinforced in His calling; some would argue.

Think with me about the wilderness times in your life

Do you have any?

Do you have wilderness trips in the Lord Jesus?

Did you feel full one day and dry the next?

Did you think you were doing well and then, BOOM, you were in a desert?

Were there any differences?

I can recall many times in my life in what I thought was a wilderness experience.

Wilderness experiences and the wild needs to happen to all of us in the Lord Jesus.

One could call these seasons wilderness experiences

Have any of you thought of this season as weird?

Anyone other than me?

Can we be honest?

Maybe this pandemic is one of your wilderness experiences?

Isn’t it weird? Off, crazy, not normal.

Do you think that Jesus, after not eating 40 days could have been feeling weird, crazy, not normal?

I believe the answer is, yes.

Let’s marvel together the way the Lord Jesus Christ now handles being led into temptation

3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”

4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, [c]but by every word of God.’ ”

2. The Word is Food

Scene 2 is being shown to us. We turn the page knowing that this is going to happen now

As it says in verse 2, the devil is tempting the Lord Jesus Christ… here we go.

No symbols crashing or high winds in the back ground

No Lightning bolts and thundering echo.

Just a hungry man led by the Spirit to meet our greatest adversary and to deal with him.

Jesus wasn’t only dealing with satan,

He was dealing with his hunger, no doubt, and any other HUMAN emotion you can imagine.

Please make sure to capture this picture understanding that Jesus was a MAN.

The way Jesus responds is how we are to respond in all trials and attacks.

The devil’s first word:

If”, (If you are the Son of God)…the greatest doubt question,

The devil is the greatest questioner with the word “IF”.

What did he say in the Garden to Eve?

“Has God said”, Another Question supposing like an IF question.,

Questions are okay my brothers and sisters, but what do questions really do?

They plant seeds of doubt,

they insight feelings sometimes,

Feelings are okay but it is how we deal with them that could be a sin.

We fight against the world, the flesh and our inner man.

We also need to deal with our feelings.

I heard a pastor tell me one time, that my best feelings were given up when I came out of my amazing mom.

Men, our feelings conduit needs to be open, but we are not to be led by them.

Likewise, for women.

Let’s take this a step further, LOVE is a choice, not a feeling! If that were the case, we would ALL get divorced. We need to take our feelings into consideration for sure, but it is what you do with those feelings that we will be judged for.

We see Jesus as a great teacher for our feelings when we see how hungry He was and how He was tempted by the devil and yet He overcomes his feelings with the help of the Holy Spirit.

So back to this incredible scene, the devil has been watching the God man, King Jesus; he has seen he’s been fasting and not eating and praying.

He sees, that from his face and probably his overall appearance that he’s becoming outwardly, physically weak.

So, he poses the question, “you’re hungry, are you not? So if you’re hungry, and you can show your magical powers by making a rock become bread”. You could make your own food and fix it.

Isn’t it just like us, and just like the devil to suggest a quick remedy to the situation?

Quick remedies exist, right?

You have a headache; you take a pill

You have pain; take a pill

You’re hungry; you eat?

You have a question; you google it.

The devil knows that if he can get Jesus to react in His Flesh to his earthly desires,

Then he could get Jesus do whatever he wants.

The devil spoke, Jesus heard, and he gives the adversary the truth that rings out for eternity.

IT IS WRITTEN. Why start there?

Because truth manifests itself as truth when you realize it’s truth.

For us, Truth is manifest by God’s Word.

God’s Word is truth.

It is written for us to deal with all of life’s opportunities and trials

A truth that we have been holding onto during this season is found in…

Philippian’s 2:3

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

This is a covid-19 verse for us and for the truth.

The church is the people not the building.

No one wants to get back to our blessed new building more than me and the leadership of the church, but that’s not the right thing to do.

We need to be looking out for the good of others.

As it is written.

Do you memorize scripture??

Jesus did right here.

He quoted back to the devil just in case he forgot or did not know.

He quoted him the last part of Deuteronomy 8:3

But let’s read the whole part that Jesus is saying found in Deuteronomy 8 verse 1-3

“Every commandment which I command you today you must [a]be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply,[b] and go in and possess the land of which the Lord [c]swore to your fathers. 2 And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.

The commands were written.

How are we doing in following the written word of God in our lives?

Don’t become a legalist, but how are you doing regarding what you do know?

How are you following that?

The scene continues on in Luke,

5 [d]Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”

8 And Jesus answered and said to him, [e]“Get behind Me, Satan! [f]For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”