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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Relationship Trumps Temptation"

Date published: 05/13/2012
The devil said to Jesus in Luke 4:3 “‘If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.’… 7 ‘So if You worship me, it will all be Yours’… 9 ‘If You are the Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down from here.’”  (NIV)  
 
These Scriptures come from the text of Jesus fasting and being tempted in the wilderness for 40 days in Luke 4:1-15.  Jesus is given three temptations -food, possessions, and power.  In all three cases, Jesus took very self-centered temptations and overcame them by relating them to His relationship with God.  Jesus answered the devil in Luke 4:4, “It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone.’ …8 It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’ …12 It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”  Jesus’ life was not much different than yours.  Jesus faced the daily need for providing for His life, He was faced with the constant temptation to desire greater luxuries in life, and He had constant opportunities to build Himself up and receive greater recognition that comes from power and prestige.  The key to Jesus’ victory over temptation was His strong identity and life with God.  Jesus lived and breathed His relationship with God so that when temptation came, He was able to not only express His strong convictions about His heavenly Father, but also quote the Scriptures that formed those convictions.  You too can have this same victory over  satan by cultivating a relationship with Christ that is firmly grounded in your time spent reading His Word, memorizing His Word, and prayer.   
 
Psalm 73:25 “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.”  (NIV)