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January 7, 2012

Fighting Back

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 2:43 pm

4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.'”

Temptation.  Everyone faces it in one form or another.  It’s the call to do the wrong thing.  Sometimes it comes from outside influences.  Sometimes it’s the quiet nagging internal dialogue, the debate between me and me.  There are various ways of dealing with it:

  • Surrender – giving in through weakness.
  • Retreat – turning my back and pretending the temptation never happened.
  • Rescue – begging to be delivered from a choice I’m perfectly capable of making by myself.

The correct response is demonstrated by Jesus in this passage: counter-attack.  He didn’t ignore the temptation but tackled it head-on.  Three times Satan presented an opportunity to sin and three times “Jesus answered him”.  He had the confidence and the weapons to turn the fight back on the enemy.

Help me Lord to face temptation head on and to send it back where it came from.

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