February 2015

Temptation    Luke 4:1 – 13

  1. Jesus had to be tempted (Hebrews 2:18)
    1. Just as we are tempted
    2. God led Jesus into the wilderness of temptation
      1. I have lived in this wilderness many times
        1. Every time I drive by DQ….
      2. The devil tempted Jesus in several ways
        1. The devil attacked the IDENTITY of Jesus!
          1. If you are the Son of God,
          2. I am not sure about you, but when people start challenging who I am as a man, as a husband, as a dad, as a Pastor, as a person – I get a might RILED UP
  • Not Jesus. He is a better HUMAN than I could ever be!
  1. The devil attacked the FLESH of Jesus!
    1. His physical need
      1. Food when hungry
      1. Pie, Cake, Blizzards
      2. Steak, Pizza
      3. Alcohol, drugs
      4. Work or Hobbies
      5. Damaging Relationships, porn,
      6. Addictions
      7. Whatever gets your flesh half excited and pushed back the Spiritual side
        1. MORE of you and LESS of God
  • How effective are you against temptation when you are hungry or have another physical needs?
  1. If I am hungry – especially 40 DAYS HUNGRY – and you offer me food you had best hope your arm is still attached when you pull it back!
  2. When our flesh is weak we are WEAK IN OTHER AREAS as well.
  3. When we are HungrySickTiredStressed
    2. NOT JESUS
  • We should understand our SPIRITUAL STATUS
    1. We should have SPIRITUAL FUEL GAUGES and check them often!
  • Jesus told the devil “NO!”
  1. Jesus rightly used SCRIPTURE to fight temptation
  1. The devil attacked the LOYALTY of Jesus!
    1. His desire for POWER
    2. Will Jesus keep His priorities right?
  • Will Jesus seek to usurp His Dad to become god?
    1. This is part of what got the devil in trouble
  1. Humans tend to be POWER HUNGRY
    1. We want to be king
    2. We want to be the boss
    3. My way or the highway
      1. Work, family, church
    4. Jesus told the devil “NO!”
      1. He already had authority over everything
      2. Jesus responded with Godly/Righteous WORSHIP
    5. Jesus rightly used God’s Word to fight temptation
  2. The devil attacked the INTEGRITY of Jesus
    1. His Pride
  • “If you are…”
    1. “PFT – You gonna have to SHOW ME!”
      1. Go ahead
    2. He is tempting His very Godhood
    3. Would Jesus break down and jump off just to prove who He is?
      1. Would You?
    4. Jesus told the devil “NO!”
      1. He had no need to test God – He is God
  • Jesus rightly used SCRIPTURE to fight temptation
  1. The devil will MISUSE scripture to tempt and trick you
  2. We need to know scripture well enough to RESIST THE DEVIL and see him flee

Trust the Trinity!    Luke 3: 15 – 22

  • John the Baptist is NOT GOD!
    • People sometimes question who might be Jesus
      • Jesus is not a man – any man alive today!
      • Any man who claims to be Jesus is a liar
    • John quickly corrected them
    • Here is the ministry God gave me
      • I preach about HIM
      • I baptize in HIS name
    • His Son, is MUCH GREATER than I
    • I am not even worthy of untying His shoes
  • No MAN on earth today is God
    • Every Preacher, Priest, Rabbi, Etc. is a sinner
    • All are capable of error
  • Herod the POLITICIAN is NOT GOD!
    • They are FLESH
    • The government is not our salvation
    • The Government is not our protection
    • The Government is not our Provider
    • GOD IS!
  • God the Father IS GOD!
    • He is not grandfather
    • He is Father God
    • Love and Correction
    • Grace and Discipline
    • Mercy and Justice
    • He is SOVERIGN GOD
  • He is God and He is returning soon
    • He is SOVERIGN GOD
    • He will separate the wheat from the chaff
      • The wheat into Heaven
      • The chaff into Hades
    • Jesus IS GOD!
      • Jesus is the Fathers Gift of Salvation
      • Jesus is Creator
      • Sacrificial perfect lamb given as a sacrifice for all who would believe.
    • Jesus modeled the process of the first steps of a BIBLICAL BELIEVER
      • Believe
      • Be Baptized
      • Pray (listen, follow and obey)
    • The Holy Spirit IS GOD!
      • The Holy Spirit is the POWER of God
        • IS the POWER by which believers come to CHRIST
        • Opens our eyes to CHRIST
        • IT is through the Holy Spirit that we are able to see and discern the truths of God and see our lives in a new, GODLY, light.
      • The Holy Spirit is Gods HELPER
      • The HOLY SPIRIT is God’s confirmation inside of US that HE is who HIS WORD (Son) says He is and Has done exactly what His WORD says He has done.
      • The Holy Spirit is our Gift and our Guide
    • John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” 
      • God Loves
      • Jesus Does
      • Holy Spirit leads and confirms
    • Trust the Trinity
      • God the Son – maybe still wet and praying
      • God the Holy Spirit like a dove landing on Him
      • The Word of God declared by God the Father

Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  ESV   

2 Corinthians 13:14 “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”  ESV