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11th July 2021 – Introduction by Rev Benson Kuira ~ The Power of the Word Series

 

Luke 4: 1-13; Mathew 4: 1-11
This is an account of the temptation of Jesus Christ in the wilderness.
Three times, Jesus replies and with affirmation quoting the Word…
IT IS WRITTEN…
Often the devil creates doubt, wants to prove something in how he asks the questions.
If you are really the Son of God….
This mode of questioning started at creation with the first temptation in the Garden of Eden
Genesis 3: 1 Has God indeed said that you shall not eat….
The enemy is crafty in how he tempts us. How do we counter this? We need to be grounded in our faith and with deep understanding of the Word.
1. Temptation of supply
Luke 4: 3 The first temptation was on food/hunger, a very basic need for life.
The devil tempts us with things we want or need. This is main origin of greed, envy and corruption.
How do you respond to the tempter when it comes to your provisions?
Who supplies our needs?
We are reminded:
But seek first the kingdom of God….all other things will be added to you (Matthew 6: 33)
Cursed is the man who trusts in man…(Jeremiah 17: 5).
People will fail you, so trust in God all the time.
God is our ultimate provider/supply, we should acknowledge Him as the source of our provisions. He uses people to supply our needs.
We should be free of our provisions but trust in the provider- God.
2. Temptation on security
What is your source of security?
The devil knows scripture but uses it to manipulate our beliefs. As Christians, we need to be forearmed with right scripture to counter craftiness of the devil.
What’s our security in times of temptation?
There is power in the Word, IT IS WRITTEN…
Who watches over you?
Study the Word of God as your security.
Luke 2: 24…Jesus sat down, listened and asked questions to teachers of the law. We are called to be teachable just as Jesus was teachable.
Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain (Psalm 127: 1)
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19 NKJV)
3. Temptation on strength and power
The third temptation.
Who is source of your strength and power?
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV)
God is our strength. We shouldn’t struggle explaining our belief. Proclaim that God is your strength and power.
Be ready to proclaim the WORD:
IT IS WRITTEN…!
God bless
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