Temptation of the World

Our world is changing. In some cases it is changing for the better. In other cases, it isn’t. In Romans, the apostle Paul tells us not to model ourselves after this world. To me, that means two things: one, there are things about this world which are not healthy for us as Christians; and two, there is a model we need to be following which is, spiritually, more healthy for us. List one or two things in your life which may model what society is teaching which may not be healthy for you. Imagine Jesus sitting with you. What do you think Jesus would say to you about those practices or thoughts?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
-Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus was tempted. It is not wrong or sinful to be tempted. It depends upon how we react to those temptations. Jesus uses scripture each time to combat the tempter and his wicked ways. Imagine Jesus continuing to talk with you. Again, remember He loves you and, according to Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” What strength or words would He give you to combat the temptations you are facing? Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17 if you need help.