Your Big Three

Matthew 4:1
“Then Jesus was led up by
the Spirit into the wilderness
to be tempted by the devil.

               I’ve never white-knuckled the temptation to turn stones to bread, Peter-Pan off the temple, or worship the Devil.  But Christ’s being God in flesh was why his temptations were especially tempting to him.  So here’s what a buddy of mine and I think humanity’s big three are today:

               Stones to bread to us might be, “If you’re really a Christian, get your flesh religious and perfect.”  The word says that in Christ I’m perfect, whole, and redeemed, but it doesn’t say my flesh is cured of wanting sin.  It says that in Christ I’m covered. If God could’ve fixed our flesh without the cross don’t you think he would have?  Just read Galatians.

               Temptation two: “If you are the son of God, throw yourself down…”  The Devil attacks Christ identity as a son and does the same to us.  I think our temple mount looks like this: “Go ahead, use the grace of God as a license to sin. You won’t get hurt.”  Quite the contrary, because when you do leap into sin, right after you plunge, the Devil will make you wonder if you’ve really got the Holy Spirit in your life, and you’ll start doubting your identity in Christ and maybe even your salvation.

                   “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”  We can seemingly have all by Google®.  With internet, nothing is held sacred and secret. The lie of Satan is that you can have anything, know everything, and it’ll make you feel powerful and comfortable.  But when we choose to do our will over God’s will, our world falls apart, and what we thought would give us life, brings death.

               So, when you’re tempted:  Speak the word, know who God says you are in Christ, and live by God’s will, not yours.

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