By: Pastor Roy L. Crane
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Read the Scripture: Luke 4:1-13
There was never a time in our Lord’s life when He was not full of the Holy Spirit, but it is specifically mentioned here in connection with His temptation. To be filled with the Holy Spirit means to be completely yielded to Him and to be completely obedient to every word of God. A person who is filled with the Spirit is emptied of known sin and of self, and is richly indwelt by the word of God. As Jesus was returning from the Jordan, where He had been baptized, He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness; probably the Wilderness of Judea, along the west coast of the Dead Sea.
There He was tempted for forty days and the Devil; days in which our Lord ate nothing. At the end of the forty days came the threefold temptation with which we are more familiar. Actually, they took place in three different places; (1.)The wilderness, (2.) a mountain, and (3.) the temple in Jerusalem.
The first temptation concerned the body, the second the soul, and the third the spirit. They appealed respectively to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
The three temptations revolve around three of the strongest drives of human existence; physical appetite, the desire for power and possessions, and desire for public recognition. How often disciples are tempted to choose a pathway of comfort and east, to seek a prominent place in the world, and to gain a high position in the church.
In all three temptations, Satan used religious language and thus clothed the temptations with a garb of outward respectability. He even quoted Scripture (Verse 10 and 11).
It is vitally important that Christians understand that living out the Christian Life must be based on bringing ourselves into complete subjection to Jesus Christ. This is done by living out the three Scriptures that Jesus quoted in His response to the Devil’s temptations, and they are:
1. To make the Bible the very “bread” of our life. To consume it every day, and allow it to fill us and nourish us.
2. To worship and serve God ONLY, in ALL things and at ALL times.
3. To make sure that we do not “test” God by placing OUR thoughts, plans, ways, and agenda above HIS.