The Truth about Temptation (Luke 4:1)
Luke 4:1, And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan and was lead by the Spirit into the wilderness and being forty days tempted of the devil.
One of the largest freshwater turtles is the alligator snapping turtle. Found primarily in the southeastern United States, these massive turtles have been known to weigh close to 250 pounds. They are carnivorous, and while their diet is primarily fish, they have been known to eat almost anything else they can find in the water—even in a few cases small alligators! The alligator snapping turtle relies on a uniquely deceitful method of foraging for fish. The turtle will lie completely still on the floor of a lake or river with its mouth wide open. At the end of the turtle’s tongue is a small, pink, worm-shaped appendage. The turtle wiggles the end of its tongue so that it looks like a worm moving through the water. When a fish comes to eat the worm, the turtle’s jaws rapidly close, trapping the fish so that it cannot escape. Similar, to the snapping turtle’s lure, temptation comes in the guise of something desirable, but it always carries destruction with it in the end. It's a lure that Satan throws out. He'll make it look real. He jiggles it to see if he can get you to hit. If we could see the end result rather than the tempting part, it would be far easier to resist. But Satan knows this, so he cleverly disguises what is deadly in the guise of something pleasurable. It is far easier to avoid temptation than it is to resist temptation
If Satan would attempt to tempt Jesus, then he will tempt anybody. If he will approach the Son of God, the One with all power, the One who knows everything and is everywhere at the same time, then he will certainly work on you and me. Jesus had just began His ministry. He had been baptized in the River Jordan, proclaimed the Son of God by a voice from Heaven while the Holy Ghost in the form of a dove descended upon Him. Jesus was lead by the Holy Ghost into the wilderness. So He was in the right place because the Holy Ghost had led Him there. Then the devil showed up. Whenever the Lord rises to bless us, Satan rises to blast us.
Jesus, the Christ, was in the will of the Father and He was still tempted. Just because you're in the will of God does not mean we will not face temptation. Satan’s mission is to stalk people that are doing God's will. The devil doesn't bother you that much when you're doing nothing. But when you make up in your mind that you're going to make a difference, win somebody for the Lord, and live a life that's pleasing in His sight, it upsets the devil. And so he sets up traps to try to destroy you-to distract you. He tries to destroy your testimony.
No person is exempt from temptation; you never reach a point in your life when you are no longer vulnerable to its demand. There is no place you can go where you can escape temptation. Adam was in the garden; Jesus was in the wilderness. We find that Jesus was prepared for the attack. You can be tempted in any environment. Temptation itself is not wrong; however, yielding to that temptation is wrong. The devil will attack; he will approach every last one of us sooner or later.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, I ask for your protection from the attacks of the devil. He has been trying to tear me down, distract me, frustrate me, and tempt me to sin against You. I pray that I would be able to resist the enemy and flee temptation with the strength that You give me. May You empower me to overcome struggles, with the hope of better days. In Jesus name, Amen.
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