Are you being tempted?

Read with me how even the devil tempted Christ, but see how Jesus put that old satan in his place. “Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the kingdoms of the world and all their glory. I will give it all to you, he said, if you will kneel down and worship me. Get out of here, satan, Jesus told him. For the Scriptures say, You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him. Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.” Matthew 4: 8-11

Did you read that? “Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.” We must rebuke satan, in Jesus’ Name.

Think about Jesus and Satan! There was a time when they were living in heaven together as family singing, praising and worshiping God. Then Satan had other ideas outside the worship of God and found himself living outside heaven. Yet, when Satan had an opportunity to try and convince Jesus to take sides with him and give Jesus a promotion on earth, he did. Jesus knew knew what to do and He did it!

If Jesus himself was tempted by satan, how can we think we are going to escape it? Do we know what to do when we are tempted and do we do it timely?

30 thoughts on “Are you being tempted?

  1. “…and angels came and took care of Jesus.” This brings me face to face with Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the Lord camps around those who fear God, and he saves them.” Also, Psalm 91:11-12 “For He will give His angels charge of you, to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”

    All angels were created as holy angels, but about a third of them rebelled against God and fell from their sinless position (Revelation 12:9). Satan, the leader of the “bad” or fallen angels, is a liar, a murderer, and a thief. The leader of the fallen angels, Satan, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). As Needles has written above, like Jesus, we must stand up and take action against the wrong so the right will fight on our behalf and take care of us.

    Good way to start, end and stay in our day! Keep our focus on being obedient to God and constantly making good choices according to God’s word. When we allow Satan to take our day we give the fallen angels charge over us! No! We want the ‘angels of God” to know us. And, don’t forget to entertain strangers…not just our family and close friend. “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 13:2).

    Thanks Needles for a great blog. Very encouraging and timely and needful!

  2. Needles, you asked, ‘Do we know what to do when we are tempted and do we do it timely?”
    On thing scripture tells us is to have understanding of temptation so that we can identify the who, where and why of the temptation. Understanding the truth about the enemy and evil helps in defeating it.
    James 1: 13-16 says:
    “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
    Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. ”

    The above scripture shows us the progression of letting a wrong desire hatch. It’s like leaving a door or window open for a thief to come in to our house.
    Jesus lived a spotless, sinless life, dependent and submitted to God His Father. That’s how he could keep satan barred from His house and have the strength,wisdom and authority to command Him to get away.

  3. The verse I quote above from Hebrews 13:2 should make us stop to think about how we treat people and in particular strangers each and everyday? Suppose we rejected God’s angels from ministering to us while we go around thinking God just forgot us. Maybe we forgot Him. when He sent a messenger to us. Maybe our messenger spoke another language, had different hair and skin color or just didn’t fit in with our thoughts of God through our own prejudice eyes.

  4. I have just returned from my son’s wedding. I met many people from different cultures. One young woman was the sister of the bride. She told how she gave up her vacation and flew to her grandmother’s to work for the poor in the hills of Peru for a month. She also ministered to the children there. An angel for the Lord. Another young lady told about her wedding two weeks earlier. She and her husband to be had the service geared to reaching others for Jesus. She told a story of a classmate of the groom who came to the wedding unexpectedly as his ship came in to port in Oregon that day and he had a watch which allowed him to come to the service the hour of their wedding. His father, a Navy Seal, had died wanting his son to know Jesus and the gospel was preached that day. Yes angels for the Lord. We may not know if the young man received the message but God did not forget him and he had a special appointment that day.

  5. “For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his OWN EVIL DESIRE, he is dragged away and enticed.”
    Thanks, Debi for sharing this scripture. God doesn’t tempt us, it’s satan, as Sara has quoted: he “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
    Lord, help us to be like this young woman, Rena mentioned, who gave up her vacation, “to help the poor in the hills of Peru for a month,” and this other lady and her husband, who were busy about winning souls for Jesus.

  6. Rena, most interesting thoughts you have on angels. Do you think you met two angels on assignment? Or, is this a figure of speech for you when you said, “Yes angels for the Lord?” Lovely stories as many give their time, service, finances and love to minister out to others. That alone is outstanding. But, angels?

    I have always been fascinated with Hebrews 12:2 NLT “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” WHOA, Rena, you went to a wedding, met two angels and had knowledge of it!!!!!! I am interested in learning more about Holy Angels.

  7. I am learning about “being tenmpted” as crises arise and faith is tested. We are tepmpted to compromise. We are tempted to lose faith. We are tempted to give up, or give in. But the true test is to stay firm, stay the course, stay in the word and prayer. Stay still and see the salvation of our great God.
    Through the testing and temptations, will our faith increse and we will experience victory over the trial.

  8. ‘…and angels came and took care of Jesus’.
    I read in some of the scriptures that angels are ministering spirits that do not have bodies as we do (though they can take on the appearance)and they don’t marry.
    “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation.” Hebrews 1:14
    Luke 24:39 “…for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
    Matt 22:30 ” At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”

    At Retreat ’09 Dressing for His Glory, we learned that Stephan’s life was so Christlike, fullly surrendered and dedicated to the Lord that when being stoned for his committment his face shone like an angel”. He wasn’t an angel yet angelic glory of this yielded servanthood was reflected in his face.
    “..looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.” Acts 6:15

  9. Debi, what do you mean “He wasn’t an angel yet”, Humans don’t become angels, do they?

    MG, I pray that you will not give in, compromise, or lose faith but will increase in faith and become stronger and stronger in the Lord. And, I know you will. It has to be very difficult going through the things you are going through @this time. But, God is there in your trials as well as your victories.

  10. No, humans don’t become angels. To clarify the sentence I wrote maybe better written…’He wasn’t an angel but God’s glory was reflected in his face like the glory of an angel.

  11. These young ladies weren’t HOLY ANGELS but I do think they as dictionary says of angels – a person who performs a mission of God or acts as if sent by God: an angel of mercy –
    a person having qualities generally attributed to an angel, as beauty, purity, or kindliness.

  12. Thanks Debi and Rena for clearing up your thoughts for me. I love the study of angels. “I had just studied how when we die we will “have a new body” but we will not become angels. Angels are always angels, (spiritual beings), and human beings are always human beings who have a spirit. We do not become angels when we get to heaven.”Hebrews 2:7 “You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and did set him over the works of your hands:”

    Psalm 8:5 “You have made him a little lower than yourself. You have crowned him with glory and honor.”

    Following Rena’s thoughts of angels from dictionary I found: “a person of exemplary conduct or virtue : women were then seen as angels or whores | I know I’m no angel.
    • used in similes or comparisons to refer to a person’s outstanding beauty, qualities, or abilities : you sang like an angel.”

    So I would think of this as a figure of speech or whatever we want to call it. Meaning we are all angels either of the Light or of the Darkness. Or maybe it would be better said our conduct or our life shows that we either follow our father, Satan or Our Father God.

    Interesting subject and very needful, I believe. Thanks for the dialogue. Hope to learn move about people’s perspective on angels. And, God’s Word on angels.

    In keeping with Needles blog, were these earth angels, ie, people like us, or God’s angles that ministered to Jesus? “Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.” Matthew 4: 8-11

  13. The more I think of the devil taking Jesus to a high mountain I feel overwhelmed?

    Matthew 4:8-11 (The Message) “For the third test, the Devil took him to the peak of a huge mountain. He gestured expansively, pointing out all the earth’s kingdoms, how glorious they all were. Then he said, “They’re yours—lock, stock, and barrel. Just go down on your knees and worship me, and they’re yours.”

    Jesus’ refusal was curt: “Beat it, Satan!” He backed his rebuke with a third quotation from Deuteronomy: “Worship the Lord your God, and only him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.”

    The Test was over. The Devil left. And in his place, angels! Angels came and took care of Jesus’ needs.”

    I have been thinking today how many times we see others with better jobs than we might have. We see others with bigger houses, big name cars, boats, spouses and other things that delight our hearts and we yield our time and energy to enjoy them if only for a fleeting time. Wonder Why? We can at least add to our brag book, maybe gain a friend’s approval or satisfy a longing of the flesh and maybe heart.

    Jesus was hungry and tired after a 40 days fast. Yet, he had the strength to stand against Satan. He took a stand, satan left and the angels showed up.

    As you can see I am talking myself through the scripture over and over. It has many facets to mirror personality traits in most of us.

  14. Stark comparison Sara of what yielding produces. Jesus refusing to bend his knee and yield to the devil’s temptation to satisfy personal wants gets His real needs met and satisfied by God’s Holy angels. ‘We’ that bend the knee to yield to gratifying personal wants get a temporary high that probably ends in an empty crash with none of our real eternal needs met.

    I like how the Message Bible puts it “Worship the Lord your God, and only him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.” Jesus is single-hearted and when we yield to other things or persons beside the Lord God we have divided hearts. Jesus gets Holy angels to meet His needs. ‘We’ get a boat or house to meet ours.

    It reminds me of our study in your Retreat ’09 ‘Dressing for His Glory’ workbook on the Book of Beautification, Philippians. I can’t seem to get away from this workbook, so relevant and helpful to the discussion blogs.
    We learned that the subject of the book was ‘oneness of purpose, attitudes, goals, labor.’ Now that’s single-heartedness. From it we saw that Paul gave up (exchanged) his life (his personal wants) to gain the excellence of the knowledge of Christ. You then asked us a poignant question. ‘How does this book affect your attutude of an exchanged life.”

    I think you help us answer that with your comments above. Jesus stood firm and exchanged his life for God’s will. ‘We’ let others or their things twist our arms and toss single-heartedness to the wind and the devil becomes our master. It’s very sobering when you stop and think about it. Jesus choice made the devil leave Him. You would think we would want that also.

  15. “Get out of here, satan, Jesus told him”. Jesus immediately knew it was satan trying to tempt him. I was thinking about this, and wondering, if we would immediately recognize, when the devil is trying to tempt us, we are already one step ahead of him, don’t you think?

  16. Needles, don’t like your comment too much! 🙂 If we know, and I believe we do, then here we go again! CLOSE YOUR EYES AND EARS! Are we willing to be obedient to God and then obey? Like scripture instructs, – “And He (Jesus) answering said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy MIND; and thy neighbor as thyself.”

    Did you notice MIND is included? We know and understand if we are in relationship with God. We know if we are married what that relationship requires by mind, heart and law! We have been given sound minds to:

    Love God – Matthew 22:37
    Know Whom to Believe – 2 Timothy 1:12
    Understand the Will of God – Ephesians 5:17
    Think Correctly – Philippians 4:8
    Decide What To Set Our Affections On – Colossians 3:2

    OK, Needles, what stop (or step) are we on now? Step ONE, TWO or THREE? And, by the way… The word KNOW means to have something clearly and securely in the MIND, memory or UNDERSTANDING. To come to KNOW something, requires using the MIND.

    How am I doing on, “would we immediately recognize when the devil is trying to temp us?” from quote above…

  17. Sara,
    Could you help me understand your question above? “What stops (steps) are we on now? Step one, two or three?”

  18. Needles, have you heard the song, “Stepping in the Light”.
    ” For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21
    Stepping In The Light
    “Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Trying to follow our Savior and King;
    Shaping our lives by His blessèd example,
    Happy, how happy, the songs that we bring.
    How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Stepping in the light, stepping in the light,
    How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Led in paths of light.
    Pressing more closely to Him Who is leading,
    When we are tempted to turn from the way;
    Trusting the arm that is strong to defend us,
    Happy, how happy, our praises each day.
    How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Stepping in the light, stepping in the light,
    How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Led in paths of light.
    Walking in footsteps of gentle forbearance,
    Footsteps of faithfulness, mercy, and love,
    Looking to Him for the grace freely promised,
    Happy, how happy, our journey above.
    How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Stepping in the light, stepping in the light,
    How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Led in paths of light.
    Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Upward, still upward, we follow our Guide;
    When we shall see Him, “the King in His beauty,”
    Happy, how happy, our place at His side.
    How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Stepping in the light, stepping in the light,
    How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
    Led in paths of light.

    Words: Eliza E. Hew itt, cir ca 1890. Hymn also often show the a thor as Li­die H. Edmunds, Eliza’s pseu do nym.
    Music: Will iam J. Kirk pat rick.

  19. Thanks to all that helps me dig and find knowledge, understanding and wisdom to take steps in God’s Garden. It is hard questions and sayings that makes one seek God and His truth and when we seek we find.
    Matthew 7:8 “For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

  20. I think I have heard that song before? So we are “stepping in the light”, by following His example (step 1) and recognizing satan’s attempts, to sidetrack us (step 2) and rebuking him immediately (step 3), just as Christ did?

  21. AMEN! Amen! Amen! Love it Needles! You got it!

    I think in our workbook this year we had three stepping stones with feet. What were they?

  22. Lesson 4 – The Garden of the Lord pg 23, #13 gives the answer to Sara’s question. 1. Deny yourself 2. take up your cross 3. follow me…

    #13 in Sara’s workbook says: “John 12:24 – 26 and Luke 9:23-24 records the words of our Lord, giving us steps into the Garden. Can you take these steps?”

    John 12:24-26:24 “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”

    Luke 9:23-24: “Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.”

  23. In Matthew 4: 1-4 ” Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. 3 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.” 4 But 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.” Jesus was tired, weak and hungry and Satan made his first attempt to trip up Jesus into sinning. Verses 5-7 “5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and 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.’ ” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘ You must not test the Lord your God.’ ” Again, Satan knew Jesus was tired and weak. Satan also knew He was the Son of God. Satan tested Jesus by his own idenity. Jesus and Satan both knew that Jesus is the Son of God but Satan attempted to trip Jesus up into sin. (If you are who you say you are prove it to me by jumping and allowing God to save you) Jesus saw this trick and He knew He had nothing to prove to Satan. What good would this do? Verses 8-11 Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the kingdoms of the world and all their glory “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”. Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him, “For the Scriptures say, ‘)ou must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'”. Then the devil went away, and the angels came and took care of Jesus. Again Satan attempted to make Jesus fall into sin but Satan failed. How did Jesus defeat Satan. First of all verse 1 states “.. Jesus was led by the Spirit… He was not walking in his own flesh alone. He was led by The Spirit. He was obedient to the Spirit. Second He didn’t play any games with the devil. Jesus only spoke to him with the words of God. No games. No playing around with Satan. Third Jesus knew God’s word. He didn’t just know alittle of the Bible. Jesus knew God’s word by heart. Jesus spoke God’s Words with authority, because He knew God’s word was truth. Fourth Jesus knew Satan was there to tempt him. He knew Satan was a lier and he wants to destroy and kill our souls. Jesus was ready. He was Willing, Obedient, Prayed Up and Believing God was going to give him the strength and wisdom to overcome temptation. Jesus had his armor on and not even Satan could put a dent in it. Finally Jesus told Satan to leave and Satan did. Satan knew Jesus had authority and Satan obeyed him. Now why did the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness and allow him to be tempted by Satan, himself, when He was weakened by hunger? This was done for us. Again Jesus (our perfect example- rolemodel) showed us how to defeat temptation and Satan. He allowed Satan to tempt Him three times when His flesh was so weak. Jesus did this to show us that we can do it as well. Even when we are weak, hungry and tired we can defeat temptation. We must allow the Holy Spirit to led us. We do this by having a close relationship with God. We must study His Word, know it, believe it and be ready to act on it. We must talk to God several times a day and allow him to talk to us. We must understand that if it’s not of God it’s of Satan. We must not play around with Satan and we must stand on God’s Word. Satan is a liar and deciever and He wants to destroy and kill our souls. We must be ready for the attack. If we walk alone in our flesh we will fail. God has given us the power and authority to be able to overcome, it is up to us to study and learn how to use it. Thank you Jesus for showing us the way.

  24. Thanks Debi for the stepping stones and their titles from, “Dressing for His Glory” Workbook. I guess we need to see if they fit our foot size when we began to take the steps. Deny, take, follow. Maybe we need to understand what these strange words mean in our practical life.

    O look, listen, read the words of the preacher vacationing in Atlanta, Ga. (chickenfarmer’s comment above)

    Preach on old Chickenfarmer from the state of Georgia! You got it right! give NO ROOM for Satan! Vacation is doing you good girl. Keep on the firing line, fight and win!

  25. Helpful comments chickenfarmer. This one got my attention ,”If we walk alone in our flesh we will fail. ” These are not the footsteps Sara referred to and wrote about because you aren’t denying yourself, you are following the flesh. Either you trust and rely on your ‘self ‘ or walk independent of others in the body of Christ. Both mistakes.
    Remembering our Dressing for His Glory Retreat ’09 “Lesson 8- A Flower of the Sun – The Work of the Lord”, I thought about that beautiful photo of a huge sunflower head by Chris Mar. We learned that sunflower heads can become so heavy with seeds that they need support so they don’t fall over. We were asked the question Are you growing together with a local body of believers?’
    Dependence on God and interdependence on others in our local body of Christ helps us withstand the temptations.
    I thought of this scripture, “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. “I Cor 10:12-13

  26. Boy ladies I did not know how much we would be needing the words of each this week. We have been in heavy intercessory prayer this week and have held on to every word.

  27. Stop is STOP AND PRAY until you hear from the Lord and then GET UP AND MOVE IN WHAT GOD TELLS YOU (next step) to do and WATCH what God does. Scripture reference is
    Exodus 14: 13 But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!

  28. Sara said above “Deny, take, follow. Maybe we need to understand what these strange words mean in our practical life. ”
    When I think of ‘follow’ I think of staying close to, turn when the One you are following turns, stop when He stops, slow down when He does, speed up when He does. Otherwise, you lose the One you are trying to follow…you disconnect. Another definition of follow is the word ‘pursue’.
    ‘Pursuing Excellence’ was the theme and goal of The Daily Lily Retreat ’09’s workbook by Sara, “Dressing for His Glory”. If we are going to follow God and stay close to Him, to be used by Him, we will be pursuing excellence. Lesson 7 in our workbook, ‘Mid-Term Exam, Earthen Vessels” had a great scripture and comment by Sara to help us really have life and follow Him by ‘Stepping in the Light’ as the hymn says above.
    “Jeremish 2:13 says “the Lord is the fountain of living water” and Psalm 36:9 “for with God is the fountain of life” and “in His light we see light”. Therefore we have “much life and much light” if we are staying close to the Master.”

  29. As I was reading Malachi 3: 2,3 which reads, “But who will be able to endure it when he comes? Who will be able to stand and face him when he appears? For he will be like a blazing fire that refines metal, or like a strong soap that bleaches clothes. He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross. He will purify the Levites, refining them like gold and silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord. The footnotes read for these verses, “In the process of refining metals, the raw metal is heated with fire until it melts. The impurities separate from it and rise to the surface. They are skimmed off, leaving the pure metal. As the impurities are skimmed off the top, the reflection of the worker (God) appears in the clear, pure surface. As we are purified by God his reflection in our life will become more and more clear to others.” Praise God – Pursuing Excellence reflects God to others! His heat builds character. Why should we work on this?

    We are going through a video series by Dr. Pentacost at Christ Church Int’l on the end times and he says that we are either in “God’s program” or not. There is no in between. May others know the program more clearly by men and women who have pursued excellence and are coming through to reflect God and cause others to desire HIM and HIS program and follow HIM. The other program leads to death.

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