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May 3, 2022 6:00 am
Welcome to the Kerwin Baptist Church broadcast today. Our desire is for the word of God spread throughout all me know join is now for a portion of one of our services here at Kerwin Baptist Church located in Kernersville, North Carolina one will Matthew chapter 4 then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
When he had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, he was afterward and hungered, and when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made bread but he answered and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and said of him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, if thou be the son of God, cast myself down. For it is written, he shall give his angels charge concerning the and in their hands they shall bear the upper left at any time, thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Jesus said in him. It is written again, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him into an exceeding high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of the men, saith unto him, all these things will I give the if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, get the hits Satan, for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leave with him. And behold, angels came and ministered unto him. Now these are 11 kind of short versus but I hope that you and I understand the context here of how close this could have come to us spending eternity in hell, if Jesus had swayed just one little bit to the influence or temptation of Satan. Our redemption would've been lost forever.
These verses show how grateful you and I should be for Jesus Christ and what he did for us. Let me say this just for by way of introduction. Satan normally and we get that real literally from these three areas. Satan normally always tries to tempt us in three particular areas and in these areas. There's all kinds of subareas that would apply and in your familiar with these first thing is the lust of the flesh. The second is the lust of the eyes and the third is the pride of life that the lust of the flesh means your body once it the lust of the eyes means your emotions wanted. That's why even the garden she saw all the fruit it looked good.
She made an emotional decision because her emotions wanted it, the pride of life means your ego once it and usually in one of these three areas. Satan will tempt the believers. Now I must give you the context of when this particular instance happened you realize that in chapter 3 of Matthew in the last few verses. Immediately after the heavens were opened unto Jesus and the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus and Jesus was declared to be the son of God by God and obviously here as he was not only declared to be the son of God. He was declared to be the Savior of the world and here it is this wonderful moment as as Jesus obviously is baptized by John and this Holy Spirit like a dove descends on our Savior and is declared to be the son of God, and obviously the Holy Spirit descending on him and then he as he left he gave us the Holy Spirit to be the comforter and and the guide to us and all these things and immediately after that wonderful victorious moment. The next thing we hear about him is he being tempted. Now there's some things again.
Number one is this just because you have been given divine favor or special tokens of grace by God does not mean that you are exempt from temptation. Let me put it this way. Just because you been saved for years doesn't mean he's gonna leave you alone. He didn't even leave Jesus alone. And right after one of the most victorious moments in Jesus life, he did leave him alone. The second thing I want you to understand this is normally usually after great honor is put on us or after great privileges given to Satan normally tempts us right away because that is usually when you and I are susceptible when we've had some great honor for some great privilege or something great is happened us. Often times, pride can slip in and that's exactly when Satan jumps on us.
So if you have something wonderful happened in your life you just put the seatbelt on, because on the table for long or to be humbled. The third thing I want to understand is this that normally God prepares his people before putting them or allowing them to go to temptation. I remember God is not tempt God tests Satan tempts, we find here that Jesus had fasted 40 days and nights in the wilderness and then the spirit led him up to be tempted so much understand dear friend of the Bible says that Jesus will never put on us more than we can bear. And so I'm here to tell you that whatever temptation you face in your life you have the power inside of you through the blood of Jesus Christ to overcome that temptation.
Often times we just don't use it now on the bells with you.
Seems like deader than a doornail here this morning and I know Satan is fighting me preaching on temptation, but you don't need to help them out. Number one I want you to see this morning, Satan's efforts, Satan's efforts is ago what happened and how we can apply to our life under Satan's efforts number one Satan will tempt you to doubt the word of God.
Notice if you would verse one that Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, he was afterward and hungered, and when the tempter came to him. He said listen, if thou be the son of God is, and that what God's word claimed, if thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made bread, but he meaning Jesus answered and said man shall not live by bread alone, but by what every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God.
You got a piece paper and pen your keep a note for me to write this down.
Listen as we look at these verses under the under Satan's efforts and Satan will tempt you to doubt the word of God number one you got understand this under this Satan will always do this when you are weary. Jesus had just been 40 days and 40 nights, fasting in the wilderness. He was weary and that means this there was a mental battle going on it. Many of you if you've ever fasted. We'll talk about that a little bit and fasting means that you do do without physically to give your self focus and time on that which is spiritual and many times, obviously we say fasting means I'm doing without food for a period of time because I want to give the time that I would normally spend eating food or around food that I can spend that extra time praying to the Lord all over spiritual things over particular subject matter. I believe personally that fasting could be food it could be anything else. It might be fasting television. It might be fasting activity.
It might be fasting entertainment.
Whatever the case might be, whenever there is a special thing in your life a burden or breakthrough that you need.
That means setting aside things that the flesh would desire to give you time and to show God that you are focused on him, and we find that Jesus had just done that 40 days and 40 nights, he was weary, mentally you market down its exact when Satan is going to come at you when you're tired, he's gonna make you doubt just about everything and everybody that you've ever been taught from the Bible. He'll make you doubt what the Bible says he'll make you doubt the promises will go through all that life because he always does it when we're weary. Number two. He will always do it when you are weak. You see, Jesus was weary, which means mentally but he was also weak, which means physically. He had not had food for 40 days and nights he was starved physically. Now remember, he was all God and he was all man but the man inside of Jesus was starved and had been without food.
It was literally probably so weak and by the way if you've ever fasted and of those me that ever participated in it.
If you've ever gotten serious into fasting and and eat. Usually people are even serious might make it three days, that's a very serious fast. Normally you drink water or something like that but you will go three days and I have known people that have gone the week. I've known people that have actually done the 40 days and and those that have actually tried 40 days literally what they face mentally.
The attacks of Satan in your body and all those things cannot be described and yet they didn't even have as we know from the book of Mark that Satan was tempting Jesus during these 40 days and nights, so they didn't face all that Jesus face as he had Satan himself on his back. There is no way to know the shape.
Jesus was in mentally and physically. And then Satan shows up.
Want to get this Satan will come at you when you're tired and when you're weak when you have had mental battles when you are tired physically when you are weak physically and we have all these things on the tell you, Satan will throw lies in your ad. Third thing I want to see from this is, he will always do it when you are wanting what was Jesus wanting he needed physical nourishment. He desired that and so Satan came to him because he knew that he was wanting, and by the way when scenes one. Satan said hey why don't you look at the stones you want to make these stones into bread, you think about this. There was nowhere else to get food in the wilderness where they were.
There wasn't a McDonald's there wasn't even a garden there in the wilderness.
It was dry.
It was a desert and literally Jesus was famished and he was weak and on the be honest with you there's nothing simple about eating bread that with Dr. Atkins says, but it other than that there would be nothing inherent simple about Jesus turning a stone into bread is nothing simple about that he was God. He has the right to do whatever he wants to do it and it didn't seem like an unreasonable request and that is often how Satan comes at you. It sounds reasonable and it sounds like it makes sense, but he always has an agenda behind it looks at Jesus when he is weary when he's weak and he's wanting now why would Satan do this particular thing. If you are really the son of God. Why don't you pass these stones and make them bread. Why was he saying that those to me want to get this this was an occasion that he was trying to make Jesus question whether or not his father was really taking care of him and his point was this that if you are really the son of God, God would not do this to you if he was really your father.
Why would he allow you to get in a situation where you are this week and this hungry and provide you nothing to eat. You got understand what Satan was trying to do was to tempt Jesus. He was trying to get Jesus to question his father's chair. He was trying to get Jesus to question his father's word. He was trying to get Jesus to even literally think that I can't believe my father would get me in this kind of condition does that not sound familiar. How many times in your life you think of God as a loving God and all that.
I've tried to do all these years.
Why would God let this happen in my life and old Satan creeps up on your shoulder and he begins to make you doubt everything you've ever been taught from the word of God. Now Jesus makes a reply here notices in verse four he says it is written by the way, that was the reply he gave every time he always use God's word.
It is written, it is written, it is written, listen, by the way he wrote. He wrote, "but it's amazing that even Jesus found it necessary to use God's word to respond but to let Douglas what he says. He says man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. Now he said it is written. Where is that written this was a cross reference of Jesus to Deuteronomy chapter 8 never keep a note you can write that passage down verses one through three, known and just read them to you. This is what Jesus was talking about. It had already been written. These promises had already been made. Listen to this. All the commandments which I command thee this day, shall ye observe to do that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord swear into your father's dear, we are the children of Israel and opposite God has made a promise to them of the promise land verse to listen and thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led the these 40 years in the wilderness. In other words, God's to communicate taking care of you all away for now. He'll take care of you the rest the way. Listen to this, to humble the answer prove eat to know what was in my heart, whether thou, what is keep his commandments or no and he humbled me and suffered the two hunger Deuteronomy chapter 8. Now where is Jesus in Matthew chapter 4, he is hungering Deuteronomy chapter 8 separately to hunger to feed me with manna which thou knowest not. Neither did thy fathers know that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live dear friends that have been nothing nothing wrong or simple about Jesus making a stone into bread, but if he had it would've showed that he doubted his father's word and if you done that it would show that he was doubting his father's care and if he had done that, it would show that he was not dependent on the father.
How many times do you and I we try to meet our needs ourselves instead of trusting the father to do it.
What's really going on when you and I go ahead of God and we decided were going to try to fix things in our life before he does what is really going on is you and I are doubting his word and all the promises and when God says I will supply every need according to his riches in Christ Jesus. When God makes a promise after promise like that when you and I try to fix our problems ourselves is nothing but temptation of Satan, and we are literally letting him and everyone know that we doubt the father's word. We doubt the father's care and we are not totally dependent upon him. Satan will always try to get you to doubt his word even tried to get Jesus to doubt it. I can't say how many times talking to people at church sometimes come for counseling and different things and they say you know I'm getting one. I just am beginning to doubt everything I've ever been taught why old Satan seems tempting you.
He's putting questions in your mind and you're beginning to doubt whether God's word is really true or whether it's really accurate, or whether God's care is really sufficient for you, dear friend, look at me. His word is sufficient his care is sufficient and you can trust him.
What you notice.
Number two, Satan will tempt you to alter the will of God will tempt you to doubt the word of God and he will also tempt you to alter the will of God.
Look at verse five then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, how they get there. We don't know we don't know if they want. We don't know of Jesus in him just went there which they both have the ability to do by the way he remembers we were talking about angels and Satan, and on Wednesday nights. We talk about this.
The fact that Satan can move anywhere in the world. He wants to. In an instant the promise he can't be everywhere at once like God is.
So he's limited but Satan can move there and by the way, Jesus is God, he could he could appear there in a matter of a second. Just like Satan could to we don't know how they got there.
I like to just imagine just they were there. I will know but we know this in verse five that the devil took him. The devil let him know was that was that he let's go here. I noticed this, he took him up into the holy city which was Jerusalem.
By the way, and said of him on a pinnacle of the temple. The highest part of the temple, verse six, and saith unto him, if thou be the son of God, cast myself down.
For it is written, he shall give his angels charge concerning the and in their hands they shall bear the up blessed at any time bow – thy foot against the stone.
Jesus said in him.
It is written again, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God that Satan is getting a little nastier here. He started easy be started with $100 question and then he moved on to the $500 question. Satan takes Jesus to the temple.
The holy city Jerusalem and is the temple in the holy city of Jerusalem. Now, just think about this Jesus takes them up there and he says if you'll just jump off the temple you know the Bible said that he's going to give his angels charge concerning the and they're going to protect you and as you jump off that temple and they save you, and literally you could just almost like glider fly above everybody and you'll be safe. And then now they'll know that your God and all these things now you say.
While I know that would really be tempting. Preacher oh hold on one second think about where he sat there on top of the temple, the religious crowd, the very crown that always gave Jesus problems the religious hypocrites. The one that were trying to deny him the ones that were saying he was not God, the ones that were saying he was a false prophet but ones that were constantly following everything he did, trying to find some way to snag him and to prove him wrong. Think of how tempting it would be at the temple where they were finally in front of them. Show them he's God. Think about this. What an opportunity to show these religious leaders that they were wrong. He was right. What an opportunity to turn all the haters into believers, their bodies, all that there was a hole my goodness like that. This guy jumps off the table and angels hold him and bring them to safety of all places to put God right on top of the house of God, of all places, to tempt Jesus right above the religious crowd and dear friend I'm here to tell you it happens just about every service here at Kerlin Baptist Church.
Satan tempts you right in God's house is a woody me what is he to me to do. He tries to get you to tempt God. And here's what you say will you know what, I'll live the way I want to. He still has to take me to heaven. Dear friends, that is tempting God for you to say I can do it. I want to live like I want. If I decide I'm just going to jump off the temple. It doesn't matter if it is the will of my father or not, I'm going to do this so I can show everybody that I'm God, that's exactly what would happen if Jesus had done what he asked and how many times does God convict our heart in charge and we tell him I'm not going to go forward. I'm not good to get this right, I'm to keep doing what I want to do and you're still the thing to have. Anyway, dear friends, I'm here to tell you what Satan did not. He gave some truth in the statement, and he left out a bunch of truth what he did not say is that God has promised that when you are in the will of God.
But the moment you jump out of the will of God. Protection is not promised that you might get, and you might not but it is not guaranteed or promised, apart from the will of the father knows to make want to get this please listen to me don't don't give up on me yet God did not give us promises in his word so you and I could perform our will. God gave us promises to bank on while were doing his will. Satan was doing nothing but trying to get Jesus to perform his will and instead of the will of the father listen to me. It is wrong for you and I to try to use God's power to accomplish our plan that is tempting God is saying, God only do what I want to do, but you're gonna have to do what you told me you would do and dear friend, look at me know he doesn't.
That's why Jesus said Satan, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy gonna listen to me.
There are those who have been persuaded that Christ is willing to save you from your sins and are some that actually believe also that he'll save you in your sin. I'm here to tell you the blood of Christ will save you from your sins, but he has no know I'm trying to think of war that I can best describe to you, he has no thing applied to him where he has to follow a rule to let you sin and still to save you from that sin. Listen to me will save us from our sins and give us salvation, but you determined to be wrong. He has no reason that he has to protect you. By the way you think about what you been, save he already has protect and for us to determine only do what I want to do and God can have to do what you are to send his word that is tempting God teenagers. I want you to understand something you go mess around and you do what you want in your life and you go party and you go do things and then you say God you're supposed to give me the wife or the husband that I need for my life and God. You're supposed to bless me in God you're supposed to do that now is not, you do what you want to do you take the consequences. Don't you tempt God and think that God somehow is obligated to do something for you because of his word. God's word was given so that we could do his will, with promises not so that we could sin with his guarantee was a dimming notice something that I found very encouraging the give you whatever six Satan looks the Jesus and he says this, if thou be the son of God. Notice this, cast thyself down now know if you understood this. I was reading it read read it. I was like whoa. Listen me. What a guaranty. Satan is limited to what he can do.
He could push Jesus off. He can't push you off a building look at me.
Listen James teaches us that all of us listen. Often times we are tempted were drawn away of our own lust, and enticed.
That means is that Satan can entice us but he can't make us do anything.
If Jesus was going to sin.
Jesus had to do it himself and oftentimes you say will listen. So I just can't help but say maybe make you do anything he can is limited. Jesus is all powerful, dear friend.
He can entice you, but don't hurt yourself.
Don't jump off the temple on euro. He can't make you do that, that's a decision you make different. Satan is limited in his power and he can tempt and he's got some nasty things he'll do and he'll play with your mind and he'll play with your emotions and he'll come at you and your week and your weary and your wanting and he'll do all this up and I'm here to tell you like. I'm got understand you can still say no because he can't make you a doesn't have that power because the only one I was excited about know I a lot of us are excited about that because that means it's our fault. We can blame anybody well mama maybe as well as his because my family and they did this and so that's that's cause this in my life. Family doesn't make you do anything saying that make you do anything since our decision in the oh God if he would clean the church up, clean us all. Pastor Rob and we would realize that you know what I don't have to do it. Satan intends tempt me to do and I don't have to do it is entice me to do. Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world, dear friend. Satan will always try to get you to do your own will, instead of the will of the father. Jesus said hate me take something Satan you get away from me. He says this, thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God number three were almost done, we find here and I remember the Satan's efforts. This is everything the try number three.
Satan will tempt you to neglect your worship of God. That always happens by the way bad things happen to people's life or the do the get out of church with the worship when I noticed when Charlie rose again, the devil taketh him into an exceeding high mountain now. Location number three. They go from the wilderness to the temple and now they're on top of the high mountain, and there's probably three or four mountains that different people believe it was my music as I don't know. You can try to work on that yourself. You want to try to figure it out at were not told exactly where some good ideals where we don't know for sure. Notice what it and by way of God want us to if us and we had to know you told us thereby will spend so much time figure out things that Jesus didn't tell us why we work on obeying what he did tell us he was busy till he comes right as little pet peeve of mine anyway. Okay verse eight. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them.
Now that is one picture show. He shows him all the kingdoms look at me to get this talking thing is a warning discovered yet. Were talking places that nobody never been. He shows him all the kingdoms notice this in the glory of he made a beautiful verse nine and Satan him all these things will I give the if thou will fall down and worship basic preacher. What Satan could have been more blunt. There is worship me.
Now we know Jesus is going to do that preach no hold on when Satan showed him all the kingdoms and the glory of them. Why would that be so tempting to Jesus.
Why was he there on earth to begin with because he loved them.
He loved them so much that he left a perfect habit and came to sin cursed earth simply to be a perfect lamb to die for our sins.
And how tempting would it be that maybe I could go ahead and get all this kingdom, and the glory and not have to suffer for.
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