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Session 4

Fighting temptation

Read: Matthew 4:1-11

We’ve all been tempted. Sometimes it’s something small — that delicious dessert when trying to lose weight. Other times it’s huge — believing the whispers heard in the dark that God could not possibly love us, that we’ve been too sinful.

It’s been like that ever since Adam stood beside his wife allowing Satan to convince her God was holding out on them, that Satan knew better, or at least offered a better snack — and they fell for it.

“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” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

What wonderful things Paul tells us! Our God knows we will be tempted and God himself will provide an escape plan. Matthew 4:1-11 tells the story of Jesus’s own temptation and how to defeat temptation as he did:

1. Temptation comes when we seem weak and defenseless, so be alert. (Matthew 4:1-2 and 2 Corinthians 12:10)

2. The scriptures are our weapons against temptation, so arm yourself. (Ephesians 6:17 and James 1:25)

3. God is faithful to protect us and provide for us so we can endure. (John 14:27 and Matthew 6:30)

If we give up and give in, temptation leads to sin (James 1:2-15). But if we are saved, the Holy Spirit will lead and remind us whose we are, so call on Him (John 14:23-24). God is faithful to protect and provide. There is always an escape plan. We must be faithful and take it!

Reflect:

  • With what one thing right now are you most tempted by?
  • Jesus was hungry, so Satan tempted him with food. When you are tempted today, replace those thoughts with 10 minutes of Jesus, the Bread of Life (John 6:35). You can access daily scripture readings here. 
  • Asking for help to defeat the temptation you face is not always easy. Care and Prayer volunteers are ready to meet with you after every service to share scripture and help you find the ‘way out.”

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