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Temptation begins with a deception

 

 

All sins fall into one of three categories: the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). When Eve was tempted to eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which God had forbidden, the temptation hit on every category: "When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food (desires of the flesh) and pleasing to the eye (desires of the eyes), and also desirable for gaining wisdom (pride of life), she took some and ate it" (Genesis 3:6).

 

The serpent implied that God was unfairly withholding something good from them. Eve was deceived by the lie. No doubt the fruit was attractive in appearance, and did taste good. But none of that was relevant. Adam and Eve disobeyed the clear command of God. Through deception, pride tempts us to fulfill the desires of our flesh and the desires of our eyes in ways that are contrary to God's will. If we believe the lie, we will sin.

 

In the same way, while fasting in the wilderness, Jesus was tempted to turn stones into bread to satisfy his hunger - the desire of the flesh. He was tempted to throw himself from the pinnacle of the temple so angels would save him from falling - the pride of life. He was shown the kingdoms of the earth and their splendor - the desire of the eyes - and was offered them if he would bow to Satan.

 

Christ's reaction to each temptation was to quote Scripture. He used the truth of God's Word to expose the lies of Satan. Christ did not resist in his own power, but instead honored God's Word, elevating his Father's will above his own. Jesus was tempted in every way that we are, but without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

 

We can overcome temptation the same way Christ did - through the power of God's Word. To think that sin is inevitable ignores a very important truth: God will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear, and will always provide a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). The way out is to expose the lie inherent in every temptation by applying the truth of God's Word.                         Pastor Daniel Rhodes

 
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233 N Sandhill Blvd.
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Mesquite, NV 89024

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Sunday 
Bible Study
9:30 AM
Morning Worship
10:45 AM
Monday
Highland Manor Ministry
6:15 PM
Wednesday
Highland Manor Sing 
1:00 PM
 Choir Practice
 5:00 PM
Prayer Meeting
6:00 PM
Saturday
Men's Bible Study 
 11: 00 AM