Day 3 Morning Session (Matthew 4:1-11)
1.) Kingdom of Light
2.) Kingdom of Darkness
– The Bible does not say ignore the Devil, but to resist the Devil.
– Satan leads us to the slaughter like a cow goes to the slaughter.
– When you think about Satan, do not think about pitch fork, Satan does not have to “make” you go into destruction.
– Satan just tries to convince you that you are OK and comfortable.
– The stakes in the spiritual war are eternal.
The first temptation is if God is your Father, why are you hungry?
3 Ways We are Tempted
1.) Fulfill our wants apart from God’s will.
– Temptation in the Garden of Eden. God given desire for food filled in an ungodly way.
– Satan takes our God given desire and twists it. Food -> Gluttony, Sleep -> Laziness, Sex -> Lust, Porn, Promiscuity, Relationships, Friendships……
– Desires are not evil, but doing it outside of God’s will is.
– When we seek to meet our desires outside of God’s will we are saying to God, that you are not enough and I know how to better satisfy myself better than you can.
2.) We are tempted to question God’s Character and to twist God’s Word.
– Flee sexual immorality, not see how close you can come to the line.
– Satan says if God really loves you, He would not withhold this from you.
3.) We are tempted to settle for temporary pleasure, rather than for an eternal treasure.
– This is us saying to God that we know what is better for me.
– The problem is that our desires are too weak, it takes too little to please us.
– We need to seek after God’s treasure so that we can be most satisfied.
– We are settling for mud pies when God offers a buffet at the King’s Table.
– The bread of demons always destroys.
a.) What we think leads to delight leads to destruction.
b.) What we think leads to freedom leads to slavery.
– No one says the drug addict is free.
c.) What we think leads to life actually leads to death.
– The punishment for a small crime is not based on the sin, but the greatness of the one offended against.
d.) He a life that we could not live.
e.) He died the death that we deserved to die.
f.) He conquered the enemy we could not conquer.