Friday – Aug 18, 2017


Greetings and welcome back to our Bible Study presented by Dr. Wood and The Three Minute Word publications.  God is so good.  The Church pictured is a non-denominational Church in Surprise Arizona and is presented to remind us all to pray for the Church, for believers.

Ephesians 6:18 (KJV)
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Before we move into our topic of temptation once again let’s look at the Apostle Paul’s admonishment (as a vessel in God’s stead) in another translation.

Ephesians 6:18 (HCSB)
18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.

Remember there are many things that we ask God about however we decree them into existence once it is determined to be His will.  Much of our prayer for others is of intercession in nature.  Many times, we pray for the symptom (manifestation of the curse) to be removed and that is important but more important is that the core issue be removed otherwise the problem will be right back.  Removing the core issue comes from a willingness of the afflicted person to peer into the light, repent, and change their thinking, talking, and doing.  Prayer (decrees) for light (Word of God), and God’s mercy with a space of time to repent of the core issue are the words of our mouth for our brother or sister.  Now to our primary text and then we will go to two other places and finish with this particular topic for the time being.  Again, I very strongly encourage you all to purchase my book on this topic.  Simply go to Amazon.com/Books and put the titlea16a or my name on the search line.

Hebrews 2:18 (KJV)
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

Now in a different translation.

Hebrews 2:18 (HCSB)
18 For since He Himself was tested and has suffered, He is able to help those who are tested.

I presented the second translation to remind us all that the word temptation, testing, and trying are all referring to the same thing.  Today I want us to first look at the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness.  The enemy approaches us the same way.

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

Notice that Jesus was led of God (Holy Spirit) into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Temptation is part of our experience in the earth for saint and sinner alike.  For this creation, temptation started in the Garden.  Who knows how many times Adam had been tempted of the Serpent before that fateful day recorded in Genesis three.  The devil is going to tempt Jesus to do evil.  Love is an empty concept if there is no alternative, no choice.  God wants us individually and as a group using our God given free-will to choose Him, chose His ways, to love Him by choice.  Well, let’s see what comes next.

Matthew 4:3-4 (ESV)
3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”
4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Jesus had been fasting and I have no doubt that He was very hungry.  This is the very reason that the ends never justify the means.  Has the devil ever come to any of us and said, “who cares how you got it, you know God wants you to have it”?  Had Jesus turned those stones to bread He would have been acting upon the words of the devil and would have turned aside to another god.  In the process, we would have been up the creek and no paddles.  Jesus would have remained a mortal man and died as all others under the Old (blood) Covenant.  Jesus only said what the Father told Him to say and He only did what He saw the Father doing, and so must it be with us all.

Matthew 4:5-7 (ESV)
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple
6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

The first temptation appealed to the lust of the eye, this temptation appeals to the pride of life.  In these first two of three temptations, the devil suggests that He may not be the Son of God.  A challenge to who He was.  Does the devil challenge you and I suggesting we may not even be saved much less children of God, and certainly not sons of God with authority and power in the earth including over him?  The devil tells Jesus, look this is what the Scripture says, let’s give it a test.  Has the devil ever convinced us to do that independent of the leadership of the Holy Spirit?  Of course, and it failed miserably.  Then the devil said, look the decreeing stuff, there is nothing to it.  Notice Jesus is resisting the devil with Scripture.  The devil is quoting from the 91st Psalm.  I wonder why he did not continue to the next verse.

Psalm 91:13 (ESV)
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

This is exactly what Jesus did that day and what we are to do every day.  Okay, let’s see what happens next.

Matthew 4:8-10 (ESV)
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”

Satan (the devil) is that ‘other god’ he wants us to turn aside and worship, put ahead of the Almighty God.  Next comes the temptation to gain all the kingdoms of the world, the lust of the flesh.  Satan in effect says, hey look we can circumvent this Cross thing, you can have the world right now, just submit to my will.  Have any of us ever heard these words or very similar.  You can have that a lot easier just by doing this little thing here.  The devil only has natural things and then only with the consent of men.  In Christ Jesus, the unfathomable expanses of the spirit and physical realm are ours.  Just chose Jesus, chose the Word.

1 John 2:15-17 (KJV)
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Until our next publication, I speak blessing into your life right now, receive it in the name of Jesus, confess it, and walk it out with thanksgiving.

Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV)
24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

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