Don’t give in to temptation.
We are living in challenging times. People are fearful of sickness, others are being laid off, all are encouraged to keep social distance. Life is a challenge.
Whenever a person faces a challenge, they have a choice to make – will I do right or yield to the temptation to do wrong. When everything is going good it’s easier to take the high road and do the right thing. But when our world falls apart we often feel we have earned the right to cut corners and give in to the temptation to do wrong.
I am the middle my sermon series, Starting Something New. I am uncovering some principles at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry that may help you when you wen you face something new. Whatever you are feeling right now, I’m sure you will agree we have never experienced anything like this before. It’s becoming a new normal.
At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, He received verbal confirmation from His Heavenly Father that He was the divine Son of God. yet, the same spirit that led Him to be baptized, drove Him into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. No one is exempt from temptation.
We learn several lessons from the three temptations that Jesus withstood. (1) He was tempted to turn stones into bread: Don’t fulfill good desires the wrong way. (2) He was tempted to fall down and worship Satan so He could have the kingdoms of the world: Don’t take the easy way. (3) He was tempted to jump from the Temple so God could miraculously save Him: Don’t expect God to bail you out when you make foolish decisions. Remember, the devil tempts all people, including you. Like the hungry Jesus, He will tempt us at our weakest moments. But Scripture is your best weapon against temptation.
This Sunday, March 22, my sermon is simply called Temptation, from Luke 4;1-13. In spite of your circumstances, you do not have to give in to temptation.
I hope you’ll join me this Sunday online. We will be on Facebook Live. BE STRONG!
Join me this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.
Pastor Greg Burdine – Faith Baptist Church