It Is Written When Satan Attacks
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
July 5, 2015
Central Passage
Matthew 4
Subject
First Sunday Service
Description

Passage Commentary - Life Applications Study Bible - Matthew 4: 1-11:

V3-4:  "Jesus was able to resist all of Satan's temptations because he not only knew Scripture, but he also obeyed it.  Ephesians 6:17 says that God's Word is a sword to use in spiritual combat.  Knowing Bible verses is an important step in helping us resist Satan's attacks, but we must also obey the Bible.  Note that Satan had memorized Scripture, but he failed to obey it .  Knowing and obeying the Bible helps us follow God's desires rather than Satan's.

V5-7: God is not our magician in the sky.  In respone to Satan's temptations , Jesus said not to tempt God - not to put him to a foolish test (Deuteronomy 6:16).  You may want to ask God to do something to prove his existence of love for you.  Jesus once taught through a parable that people who don't believe through what is written in the Bible won't believe even if someone were to come back from the dead to warn them (Luke 16:31)!  God wants us to live by faith, not by magic.  Don't try to manipulate God by asking for signs.

V8-10: Satan offered all the world to Jesus if he would kneel and worship him.  Today Satan offers us the world by trying to entice us with materialism and power.  We can resist temptations the same way Jesus did.  If you find yourself craving something that the world offer, quote Jesus' words to Satan:  "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thy thou serve".

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