“It’s tempting” or “Don’t tempt me” are very common phrases to us. Sometimes we use them jokingly and in passing, but sometimes we deal with them on a much deeper level.
We each face temptations every day. Whether we are tempted in big ways or seemingly small and insignificant ways, yielding to a temptation sets us on a course away from the plans and purposes of God. Pastor Tom, our pastor in Iowa, often summed it up so well with this saying,
Sin will take you further than you want to go,
keep you longer than you want to stay,
and cost you more than you want to pay.
While the consequences of our yielding may be different, the effect is all the same in that we move away from the Lord – sometimes MUCH further and for MUCH longer than we ever anticipated. Far too often, we chase the immediate satisfaction found in a temptation, but miss or worse ignore the coming destruction if we yield.
I hope that you will join us Sunday as we look at three fundamental temptations that Jesus faced in the wilderness from Matthew 4:1-11. We will see how He dealt with those temptations and how we can too.