Matthew Lesson 4 Part 4

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Matthew Lesson 4 Part 4

Matthew 4:1-11

8) Temptations

When I’m tempted, I should ask myself, “What is the lie I’m tempted to believe in this situation?” because there’s always a lie in there somewhere. When Sarah believed God wouldn’t fulfill His promise, they created a big problem instead of believing and waiting.

Jesus demonstrated how important it is to know and stand on what God says. It’s also part of our armor. “The sword of the Spirit is the [rhema] Word of God.” Ephesians 6:17 (the Word used here isn’t the Logos word of God. Logos is the complete revelation of God. The other items mentioned in Ephesians 6:16-17 are for defense, to protect us. The sword is the only offensive weapon.

Rhema refers to spoken word. Jesus spoke truth in response to Satan’s lies and deception. I think we can claim the promise in Matthew 10:19 in times of temptation even though Jesus applied it being handed over to authorities. “. . . do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.”

Worry and anxiety

When we face hard battles, we are tempted to panic and be afraid, and believe that God is not with us and will not fight for us. (see the promises Deuteronomy 20:1-4)

We are tempted to worry about having enough money to buy food or pay our bills, and believe that our heavenly Father does not know our needs and does not promise to be our provider. (see the promises Matthew 6:25-26)

The righteous live by faith but the unrighteous suppress the truth. (see Romans 1:18-22)

“From the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly observed in what he made. As a result, people have no excuse.” Romans 1:20 NOG

They know God but they. . .

  • don’t praise Him or thank Him.
  • think pointless thoughts.
  • are plunged into darkness.
  • claim to be wise, but they are actually fools.
  • exchange God’s glory to pursue fame, fortune and earthly pleasures,
  • worship athletes and actors.
  • are controlled by their lusts.
  • serve what is created and not the Creator.
  • are without excuse.

9) Jesus is the founder and perfecter of our faith.

Scripture provides us with many examples of great faith.

“we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us. We must focus on Yeshua, the source and goal of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2

Don’t fall in love with what the world has to offer. 1 John 2:15

Put on spiritual our spiritual armor. Protect our minds with the salvation helmet and use God’s words as a sword like Jesus did. Ephesians 6:17

God’s word judges our thoughts and intentions. Hebrews 4:12

10a) Personal challenge

I struggle with trying to fulfill the expectations of others. “It’s better to obey God than man.”

Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing and often offended the religious.

My aim is to draw closer to my Abba Father and hear His every whisper. I may not always get it right, but if I even think He tells or shows me something to do, I want to obey.

b) Personal victory

I’m not there yet, but I’m making progress. I still allow my feelings to get hurt, and I get discouraged. I’m trying to give those feelings of rejection to Jesus instead of allowing them to derail me into a pity party.

Someone said God asked her during one such pity party, “Do you want to be pitiful, or powerful?”

11) Satan left when Jesus commanded him to GO!

Jesus won. He recognized the lies and deception and He knew He had authority over Satan.

Angels came and ministered to Jesus. I assume they brought Him special angel food and living water.

God never forsakes those who endure through temptation. Even as angels came and ministered to Jesus, God will find a way to minister to us and meet our needs as we endure temptation.1

Something similar happened to Elijah, but in his case, only one angel is mentioned. The food and water the angel gave him sustained him 40 days. (He had run away and wanted to die. Mercifully, God sent an angel with bread and water to Elijah’s pity party!)

Suddenly an angel touched him. The angel said, “Get up and eat.” Elijah looked around. Near his head he saw a flat cake of bread. It had been baked over hot coals. A jar of water was also there. So Elijah ate and drank. Then he lay down again.

The angel of the Lord came to him a second time. He touched him and said, “Get up and eat. Your journey will be long and hard.”

So he got up. He ate and drank. The food gave him new strength. He traveled for 40 days and 40 nights. He kept going until he arrived at Horeb. It was the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.1 Kings 19:5b-9a


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