Newsflash: You're Not God
Jesus was tempted, but did not sin. He could've faced temptation with his God-ness, but instead he chose to take it like a human. He chose to be our ultimate example. So why on earth would we try be God? Why would we try to hide the fact that we're human? We're not fooling anyone.
Here's where I tie Sunday School in with the sermon (if any of you from my Sunday School class read this you've probably already tied them both together anyway).
Adam and Eve tried to hide their humanness behind fig leaves for crying out loud. What were they thinking? No less than we do, that's for sure. Their fig leaves were their way of "sweeping it under the rug". Just as our Pastor reminded us, this isn't the best avenue to take. Instead of running to God we run from His holiness. Instead of walking in friendship with God we hide from Him. When all the while there's nothing hidden from Him. All the while He's the only answer to facing anything and everything. What are you running from today? What have you been trying to cover up with a pretty little mask? What are you pretending no one sees?
Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord. - Jeremiah 23:23-24
Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit to the wilderness where He was tempted. The following is an excerpt from The Gospel Project Volume 7:
The wilderness is the place God uses to establish our identity as His sons and daughters. God called His people to the wilderness so they could learn His worth and learn to truly worship Him.
...because only there, in the spiritual desert, do we learn the worth of God. Only there do we learn how to trust Him when it is difficult. And there we demonstrate our identity as His sons and daughters.
What did Jesus do in the wilderness to respond to temptation?
He simply spoke God's Word. His every answer to the enemy's attacks were with the Word. Even when the enemy twisted the Word, Jesus corrected him. We must get to the place where we KNOW the Word. It NEVER changes. It will ALWAYS be the best defense. We must learn it in it's entire context so that when we are faced with a twisted version we KNOW and RECOGNIZE it. We need to be able to INTERPRET scripture correctly.
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. - 2 Peter 4:2
Let's go back to Adam and Eve. Their pathetic attempt to hide their humanness failed. Why? Because they tried to respond to the serpent's twisted version of God's Word without God's Word.
Temptation: How to Take it Like a Human.
We must bathe in His Word - daily.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12
We must learn it.
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. - Psalm 119:8
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. - 1 John 5:14
We must talk of it when we sit, walk, lie down and rise.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. - Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Take the way of escape He has provided.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13
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