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Matthew 4
The Temptation of Jesus

The Temptation of Jesus
Matthew 4:1-11

Sin is doing something God said not to do,
or not doing something that God said To do.

“All have sinned.”
“The wages of sin is death."
"Without the shedding of blood, there’s no forgiveness of sins.” 

Temptation is violating the Will and Ways of God.
“He was tempted in every way just as we are tempted but was without sin.” 
Satan is a real, intelligent being, who is behind the evil in this world.
1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of a sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

Ephesians 6:10-12, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”
John 10:10, “A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.”

James 1:15,16, “Each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” 

Matthew 4:1, “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” 
God’s Tests – to reveal and refine us
Satan Tempts - us to sin
Matthew 4:2-3, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Matthew 4:4, “Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 
Matthew 4:5,6, “He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
Matthew 4:7, "Jesus answered him, 'It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Matthew 4:8-9, "Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Matthew 4:10, "Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
Matthew 4:11, “Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended him.”
Use Your Weapons: The Word of God and the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”