Temptation of Jesus - Part 3 of 3 - Have It All

Updated: Dec 10, 2020


Matthew‬ ‭4:8-10‬

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.


This is one last throw of the dice for Satan here in trying to cause the Master to sin. He pulls out all the stops for this one. He makes an offer than he doesn’t have the ability to make good on. That doesn’t matter. He knows that if he makes an offer enticing enough, the greed and ambition of humanity will become so large, that it distracts from the reality that the promise is false. For Jesus, it doesn’t matter what He is being promised or offered. He will not sell himself out in a blatant act of erroneous worship.


It’s as if Satan is trying to paint a picture to Jesus; of himself as someone possessing kingdoms and glory, while the Master is of lowly estate and in need of what Satan has to offer. The reality is that Jesus, as the Son of God, was the inheritor of the Universe (Hebrews 1:2).


Romans 1:17 explains that we are co-heirs with Christ. All that He inherits, is yours also. Remind yourself of that reality when you are tempted to become ambitious after something that is a distraction from the plan and purpose of God for your life. Don’t give up on your God given dreams and plans. Stay focused on who you really are in Him. Stay focused on the reward that will be yours in Jesus. All of God’s promises are ‘Yes’ and ’Amen’ (2Cor1:20). He never makes a spurious offer or false promise to you. He will fulfil everything that He has promised you.


Be resolute today to resist temptation in the power and authority of who you are as a joint heir with Jesus. Satan will have to flee. You will progress in your walk, with supernatural help and encounter.


Think:

Have I allowed myself to pursue that which is distracting me from my calling and purpose in Jesus? Has it left me feeling tired and empty?


Pray:

Thank you Lord Jesus for making me a joint heir with you. Thank you that you have so much to give me and so much to bring me in to. I purpose today to resist temptation and to keep my eyes upon you.

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