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Radio transcript for the week of May 07, 2017

Harold Bigham speaks on "The Temptations of Jesus" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Matthew 4:1-11 - "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 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 proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Lesson:

  1. Be Prepared at All Times
    • We can be unprepared or have a lack of preparedness - Business, everyday life.
    • Jesus led into the wilderness for a reason Vs. 1; - "The Spirit driveth Him into the wilderness" - Mark 1:12.
    • Jesus had desires for food and water at that moment - Vs. 2
    • Temptation comes at our weakest moment - James 1:13-15
    • Jesus was prepared to ward off the temptations -"It is written" - Vs. 4,7,10
    • We need to be prepared always - Ephesians 6:17; Daniel 1:8; Ezra 7:10

  2. Be Persistent Against Satan
    • Jesus used God's word consistently and persistently - Vs. 4,7,10
    • Temptation is a test of our faith in God - 1 Corinthians 10:13
    • Joseph persistently declined Mrs. Potiphar - Genesis 39:10
    • Paul told Timothy to flee youthful lusts - 2 Timothy 2:22
    • Satan will be persistent, we need to practice the same persistence against Satan

  3. We Can Prevail
    • Jesus prevailed - As soon as Jesus rebuked the last temptation, Satan fled. Vs. 11
    • Satan did not go away forever but he departed for a season; until a better opportunity
    • God has told us what happens when we resist Satan - James 4:7
    • The key to prevailing - Revelation 2:10; 1 Corinthians 15:58, 1 John 2:15-16; Matthew 26:41

Conclusion:
God's plan reveals that after hearing the gospel taught, that we are to have faith (Romans 10:17; Mark 16:15-16). This faith leads us to repent of our sins and to confess the good name of Christ as the only begotten Son of God (Luke 13:3,5; Romans 10:9-10). The final step of God's plan of salvation is scriptural baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Baptism puts one into Christ and into His church (Acts 2:42-47). Paul wrote, "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." (Galatians 3:26-27). Jesus' blood is that which will wash away our sins. It is by contacting His blood that we have the grace of God and our sins are forgiven. "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7). We contact His blood through scriptural baptism for the remission of our sins.

Will you consider our study today and then respond in loving obedience to the commands of God? Thank you for studying with us today. May God bless you as you continue to read and study the Bible.

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