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November 27, 2016

40 Days And 40 Nights, And The Temptation To Avoid Something Bad

Sunday Morning Podcast November 27, 2016. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT:MATTTHEW 4:1-11  

1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Forty days, and forty nights.  A time of prayer, fasting and temptation here for Jesus.   In Exodus 4:18And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights,” here was a time that Moses prayed alone with God, and then faced the temptation of a vengeful anger caused by the Israelite’s idolatry.  1Kings 19:6-8, Here, Elijah after eating and drinking, went in the strength of that same food, when fasting 40 days and 40 nights, while escaping and hiding from mortal danger.  These three suffered trials after a certain kind of temptation.  Their thankful hearts toward God, in the midst of it, opened doors of options (as it will for all of us) that otherwise wouldn’t have been.  We all need to know how to access these options of help.

In specific types of trials, the temptations is to yield, run (avoid), or “freeze.”  Temptation to yield, run from it,  or “freeze through inaction.”  In sinful or selfish desires, the temptation might be to yield;  Exodus 20:17   “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.”  Coveting is a trial that God’s children more easily understand and overcome.  Instead, our temptations often will be to run or avoid the trial.  In these trials, God wants us to see that we have options, …a door of options to which we can obey.  Salvation through the blood of Jesus, is the only power that can overcome, or help us stay saved when facing these temptations.  In all trials we need to submit all to God, because all belongs to Him.

There’s a balance in keeping away from temptations.  Salvation is not to always avoid (do’s or don’ts).  If that is all that is understood, then when the temptation of desire comes, there will not have been the cultivation needed to overcome.  Matthew 26:38-41  Jesus’s temptation here was to “run” (He asked that this cup pass from Him).  But instead…He submitted.  Through His submission, the door was opened for all to have Salvation.  Submit to God!   It is only the submitting to God in the trial, that  brings hope.

There is a wonderful power in submitting all to God!