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1-17-2021 - STARTING WELL | Empowerment

Message: Pastor Paul Marzahn

Crosspoint: Jesus empowers us to have victory over temptation


Bible Text: Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. 3During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, 6and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” 7Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.’” 8Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9“I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.” 10“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.’” 11Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus. (NLT)


Jesus empowers us to victory over temptation in 3 crucial areas:


1. Physical _________________________ & ____________________________


Verses 3-4 “During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 


2. Our ______________________________


Verses 5-7 “Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, 6and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” 7Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.


3. Our ______________________________ & ____________________________


Verses 8-11 “Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9“I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me. 10“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.’” 11Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.



Questions for Reflection: 

  1. What are some of the top temptations we see in our culture that Satan uses to deceive people?
  2. Which of the three areas of temptation in our passage are you most susceptible to give in to? 
  3. What is God calling you to do to be more empowered by Him to have victory of temptation today?



Answers:

  1. Needs & Desires
  2. Pride
  3. Possessions & Power

DAILY BIBLE READINGS:

ONE YEAR BIBLE


This week’s readings: 

January 17: 1 Chronicles 18:1-17

January 18: 1 Chronicles 19:1-20:8

January 19: 1 Chronicles 21:1-22:1

January 20: 1 Chronicles 22:2-23:14

January 21: 1 Chronicles 23:15-24:19

January 22: 1 Chronicles 24:20-25:31

January 23: 1 Chronicles 26:1-32



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