April 16, 2019: SOAP #3421:  1Samuel 18; 1Chronicles 6; Psalm 11; Matthew 3 Scripture:  Matthew (NIV) 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you […]

April 16, 2019: SOAP #3421:  1Samuel 18; 1Chronicles 6; Psalm 11; Matthew 3

Scripture:  Matthew (NIV) 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Observation:   Not ahuman who had ever lived had not succumbed to Satan's temptation.  Satan's record was 100%–that is until hetried all his tricks (lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride oflife; Genesis 3:6 and 1John 2:16) on Jesus! They had never failed to bring about Satan's desired results.  But this time was different!  In Jesus, Satan met a man who had been bornwithout sin and understood the consequences! This was the first man ever to resist Satan's temptations!  

Application:   Thesame Holy Spirit who led Jesus into the desert leads me today!  The same Jesus who has already overcome Satan'stemptation lives in me!   And the samescriptures that Jesus used to overcome Satan are available to me!  He has made me a new creation and nailed allmy past sins to His cross.  With the victoriouslife of Jesus within, and following the leading of the Holy Spirit, God has programedme for victory over Satan!!!

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, you are making wonderfulprovisions for me in heaven.  I cannotwait!  You have also made wonderfulprovision for me to live now on the earth. May my life bring you glory!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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