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March 31, 2022 8:00 am
Welcome to this edition of PowerPoint with Jack Graham later in the program will tell you, you can get a copy of Dr. Graham's evangelism bundle. The first is the message the truth about temptation Bibles. Please attend with me to the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Satan is described in the Bible is a roaring lion rolling about, seeking whom he may devour.
And you as a follower of Jesus Christ our no exception fact, we are told that temptation is common to all of us. There are no exceptions we all face the enemy. I need to remind you of the outset of this message that it is not a sin to be tempted Jesus was tempted in every point. Even as we are tempted yet without sin. He chose God's will. Every time an so can you choose the will of God and the plan of God for your life, even against the onslaught of the enemy.
Temptation is a test and if you pass the test you will be stronger fortified in your faith and once again you will prove the faithfulness of God in your life. So that's why want to talk to today from this story. The life of Jesus at the beginning of his ministry as to how Christ himself overcame temptation and when he overcame temptation when he defeated the devil in the desert in the wilderness, even pull rank. He didn't call on executive privilege, but rather he used the same weapons that are available to us.
He went out to face the enemy in the desert as our champion and defeated Satan and is a result he is not only our representative but he is our example and is laid out before us a model matrix if you will as to how we also can overcome temptation verse one of chapter 4 of Matthew then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, afterward he was hung. And when the tempter team to him. He said if you are the son of God command these stones become bread. But he answered and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God and the devil took him up under the holy city, and set them on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, if you are the son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written, he shall give his angels charge over you and in your hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. Jesus said to him, it is written again. You shall not tempt the Lord your God, and again, the devil took him up on an exceedingly high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
And he said to him, all these things are given to you if you will fall down and worship me. Then Jesus said to him away with you, Satan, for it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God and him only you shall serve.
Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him. Really, Satan has three kinds or types of temptations temptations that are directed at the physical appetite temptations that are directed to our personal ambition and temptations that are addressed to our spiritual allegiance, Satan show Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and he said bow down Jesus bow down and worship me and I'll give you all the kingdoms of this world, not noticing the Scripture Jesus didn't say you have the right to do that you have the authority to do that in fact Satan is described in the Bible is the god of this age is described as the God of this world. He presides over the kingdoms of this world is so when Satan offered all the world and everything in it to Jesus. He said just bow down and worship me. This was a real temptation. Let me just say parenthetically as well. These temptations were real to Christ. Seminary classrooms often debate whether or not Jesus could have said. Could he have said. I remember these debates in the seminary classroom and and it's obvious to me that yes Jesus could've centerleft he would not of been tempted in his humanity. Jesus could've stepped outside of the will of God, lest this would not of been a temptation at all were real temptation.
So he said bow down and I'll give you all of this, but we get temptations like this which the devil makes a mighty big offers Satan, the god of this age, who is attractive and appealing as the angel of light. And remember this that Satan's real target temptation is God himself because he has always wanted to be God.
That's what made the devil. The devil in the very beginning described in Isaiah 14, even before the beginning of time as we know it in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, we discover how Lucifer the son of morning became Satan, the father of the night, he rebelled against God. He said I want to be exalted so that I can be worshiped, I will exalt myself about the throne of God. I will be as the most time and that's what got Satan kicked out of heaven, and yet that's always been his desire to be worship as God and Satan says still today, just follow me do what I want you to do and I'll give you a whole lot of stuff.
I'll give you the kingdoms of this world.
Yet the Bible says, what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul, even if Satan gave you everything.
It would satisfy the reason for which you were born and made by God. So there are the three kinds of temptation, spiritual allegiance, personal ambition and physical appetites. The Bible talks about the world the flesh and the devil physical appetites. The flesh personal ambitions the world. Spiritual allegiance, Satan, the lust of the flesh, the last of the and the pride of life.
Satan makes it all look so good and so glamorous and so exciting and so wonderful, why not you. Why not say yes to temptation. Well, notice how Jesus responded. Notice how he resisted and how you can resist as well to the temptations concerning the flesh, the physical appetites. He responded with the authority of God's word in each case of temptation, he said in response. It is written, and Jesus gave the Scripture is written, the Scripture is written all three times again and again and again, it is written, it is written, it is written, he responded with the authority of God's word. God has given us a weapon not only to defend ourselves against the attacks of the enemy but to take the enemy down for this is the sword of the Spirit the word of God and the infallible in error. Word of God fill with his promises filled with this power when it is wielded in the hand of the believer is strong defense and strong offense against the devil himself. So when Satan comes to you. For example, and says satisfy yourself. God is not good take care of you.
You need to take care of yourself jump ahead of God do something that pleases yourself. That's when you will the word of God. That's when you remember that my God. Philippians 419 shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory in Jesus Christ. That's when you remember the word of God and the promises that I am with you always, even to the end of the world. That's when you're given the word of God to stand up on day by day is not just quoting the Bible of the doubt.
You know you can go right down the tubes quoting the Bible at the devil is not is not how many times we been told in sermons okay what you need to do when you're tempted is just say some Scripture what you can go right down in flames quoting the Bible all the way Jesus did more than just quote the Bible. He subbed his will to the word of God. He said God you're going to take care of me and I am trusting in you something you are thinking. My life is passing me by. I'm not found that marriage partner yet. I'm not. I'm not found my career path yet. I've not discovered God's purpose in my life yet. I don't know why it seems like everybody else is having a great time in my life is going nowhere. So what I need to do is just do what I need to do to satisfy myself to move myself along but that's when you remember Psalm 8411 the Lord your God is a side of the shield and he gives grace and glory, and no good thing will he withhold from them who walk up rightly God will give you every good thing in your life that you need. If you trust in him.
How many times we tried to run ahead of God and do it our own way saying this is what I want.
This is what I need. This is what I have to have so I'll take it. No tryout by the word of God live by the word of God, submit yourself in obedience and compliance to the word of God in your life now. It is important that you know the word of God, and that's why I encourage Christians to memorize the Scripture to meditate upon the Scripture because when you are in the throes of a final when you're in the midst of the spiritual struggle in your life you need to be looking for some verse, you need to have the word of God, solid and strong in your life you're listening to PowerPoint with Jack Graham in today's message. The truth about temptation part two God-given calling to take the gospel to the world.
That's why we put together a special bundle of resources to help you grow in your love of the gospel and share it with others. This evangelism bundle includes three of Pastor Jack Graham's books the help of Easter life and God's promises for doubt filled days. This evangelism bundle is our thanks for your gift today and thanks to a generous matching grant gift today will be doubled. This is the last week to have you give doubled. So call today: 800-795-4627 that's one 800-7956 27. You can also text the word PowerPoint to 59789 and don't forget to visit Jack Graham.org where you can shop our E store. Give a gift online or sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email devotional our website again is Jack Graham.Margie now it's Québec. Today's message the truth about temptation part two temptations concerning personal ambition.
This then is submission or commitment to the will of God. That's exactly what Jesus did when Satan said jump off the temple precipice and I will deliver you do something spectacular.
Take the shortcut – when Jesus responded once again it is written, and he gave the Scripture submitting himself to it and what did he say in Matthew chapter 4 look at it again.
It is written, you shall not attempt the Lord your God. Satan had said do it your way and God will bless you anyway. Jesus said that's a lie that's difficult to submit to the word of God and the will of God in your life until you commit to the word of God and the will of God in your life and if you're tempted with these personal ambitions but you need to do is renew and review review and renew your commitment to God's purpose in your life to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, knowing that all of these things, whatever you need is going to be added to you and God's way in God's time, God's purpose.
God will always choose for you what you would choose for yourself. One great Christian said if you had sense enough to choose it. So, if you will come to a place of saying, Lord, you will anytime anyplace any circumstance, any where you will find power to defeat the enemy but very quickly in those temptations concerning spiritual allegiance bow down and worship me. James 47 says submit to God and resist the devil wish to submit to the worship of God you worship who and what you serve. Jesus responded with the word of God and said away with you, Satan you shall worship the Lord your God and him only you shall serve you worship what you serve and you serve what you worship. So if you want to be strong against the enemy didn't worship God love God with all your heart, your mind, your soul and your strength that I could give you a lot of rules and regulations about the Christian life. Do this and don't do that. Do this and don't do that. I could say the best way to overcome the temptation is just say no.
Just say no, but we know that's much easier said than done.
So let me turn that around and what you really need to do if you want to truly be victorious over sin and temptation is just say yes. Say yes to God. Say yes to Jesus Christ because you will then discover when you say yes to him when you fall in love with Jesus Christ. When you love God passionately and he is the heart the soul, the passion of your life, then the world the flesh and the devil with all its power and allurements appeal and the attraction you will discover that these things can't compare to him and all the good things that he brings to your life and all of those things. So many of those things which we thought were so important that mattered.
Once we truly yield to the love of God and worship him and serve him. We will discover that these begin to fade. I love that Many of the Same.
Growing up, Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus Look Fall into His Wonderful Face and the Things of Earth Will Grow Strangely Dim in the Light of His Glory and Grace's True Little Simple Chorus Is True As You Follow Christ As You Love Christ Temptations Will Decrease in Strength and Power in Your Life.
I'm Not Saying You're Never Going to Be Tempted.
We Know That We Can Never Escape Temptation We've Already Affirmed. I Love to Tell the Story of an Old Seminary Professor Southwestern Seminary by the Name of JD Ray Preaching Southwestern for Many Many Years and He Was Talking about Morality in the Ministry and Maintaining Purity in the Ministry and One of the Young Students Raises Hand and Several Doctoring up. Dr. Ray Was about 85 at This Time and He Said Dr. Ray Tellis As Young Preachers Just Getting Started. How Old Do You Have To Be before You're No Longer Tempted with You Know Things like Lust and Other Women and so on. He Scratched His Hand. The Old Man Set out Nobody Somewhere past 85, so I'm Not Suggesting by Any Means That We Will Never Get to the Place Where We Never Will Be Tempted at All Know, but I'm Saying That If You Live Christ If You Live for Christ. Even Though You're As Tempted As Long As You Live You Can Become Stronger Every Day. In Christ, and Less Vulnerable to the Attacks of the Enemy. Your Desire for Christ Will Mean More to You Than Any Other Desire Fall in Love with Jesus Say Yes to Him and Jesus Will Begin to Change You from the inside out. He Will Change Her Attitude As He Will Change Her Appetite. He Will Change Your Ambition Worship Him on Some of Your Say Well You Know This Is Too Late for Me. I've Already Said Yes to Temptation. So Many Times I Feel like a Loser. I Feel like a Failure Idol. I Have Fallen and Are Never Going to Get Back up.
Let Me Remind You That That Is a Temptation in Itself That Satan Brings and Says You're a Failure. You Can't Get up. You Can't Go on. But Jesus Has Promised a New Beginning. He Has Promised a New Life for You Jesus I Said You Can Come to Me.
You Can Start over.
You Can Turn the Page. You Can Be Forgiven of Your Sin When You Come to Me in Repentance.
I Will Restore You and Give You the Strength to Carry on and to Be Stronger the Next Time When You Face Those Terrible Temptation, but Plates What Ever You Do Remember Today That You Have Power in Jesus Christ to Overcome Every Temptation. You Don't Have To Be Defeated.
You Don't Have To Live in the Grip of Satan You Can Live in the Grip of the Power of God in Your Life and You Can Break the Power of Sin through Jesus Christ and You Can Break out and Break through into the Fullness of His Blessing in Your Life and the Forgiveness in His in Your Life If You like. Jesus Will Submit Your Will to the Will of God. Submit Your Life to the Worship of God and Submit Your Love to Jesus Christ.
If You Don't Know Christ As Your Lord and Savior. You Have a Chance against the Enemy. Is There Will Temptation Not Bother Me I Just Got a Go with the Flow. That's Your Problem and You Need Christ in Your Life Today.
Some of You Need to Come to the Place Today in Your Life Where You Say Lord I Realize This Is No Way to Live.
I Know That I've Sinned and Broken Your Command and I Don't Want to Live This Way Anymore. God Be Merciful to Me a Sin and Then Trust in Jesus Christ Who Died on the Cross for All Your Sin, past, Present and Future and You Can Be Forgiven. You Can Be Changed. You Can Be Lynn's by the Power of His Love.
So Invite Jesus into Your Life Today Effect Right Now, Right Where You Are, Just Bow Your Head and Say Lord Jesus, I Invite You to Come into My Life. I Ask You to Be My Lord My God My Savior, My Friend Welcome Christ in Your Life, for He Says Whoever Calls on the Name of the Lord Will Be Say Safer Want Say from Our Sin, Say from the Consequences of Our Sin Say for a Future and a Hope with Him. Say Yes to Christ Will Never Be Able to Say No to Sin Say Yes.
Say Yes to Him.
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He Was Tempted in Every Way Possible.
But He Never Gave in. Not One Time. This Means You and Eyes Believers in Christ Can Also Experience That Kind of Victory As He Is Given Us the Power to Overcome Temptation through the Work of the Holy Spirit within Remember That Temptation Is the Seduction to Fulfill a God Given Desire in a God Forbidden Way and Sometimes the Reason It Is Important to Face Temptation Is so That We Can Learn to Be Dependent. I Mean, Totally Dependent upon Christ. Jesus Said, Watch and Pray, Lest You Enter into Temptation. So Be Prepared and We Are Moving Forward in Your Walk with Christ. Be Ready for Any Temptation That Satan May Throw Your Way and Know That in Any Potential Sinful Situation, God Will Offer You a Way of Escape, so Take It Because Sin May Gratify Momentarily, but It Never Satisfies If You Submit to the Will of God Stay Grounded in His Word Seek to Live a Life of Worship and Recognize Temptation for What It Is That I Believe You Will Be Able to Dodge Satan's Lies. Every Time You Can Turn Every Temptation into a Tryout and Every Vulnerability into a Victory in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and That Is Today's Power.
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