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When does temptation come?

July 29th, 2009 Posted in essentials, OC, Pastor's corner, sermons

Hey everyone!

On Thursday night in O.C., I am giving the first part of a two-part message on the topic of effectively sharing our faith.

We have all had experiences where we have done it ineffectively, right? I know I have.

So if you are in the O.C. area, I hope you can come. If not, it will be posted online in HD in a few days.

Now, to our topic today . . . temptation.

Have you ever been minding your own business, when “wham!”, you are hit with a heavy-duty temptation. It might be an evil thought, a lustful one, or even doubt.

You wonder, where did that come from? Answer: the devil.

Yes, we play a part in our own temptation, but there is clearly an enemy who comes with his enticments. He knows how to “package his wares” and make bad things look good. That’s because “things forbidden have a certain charm.”

After the dove

It is important to know that temptation and attack often come after times of great blessing.

It was after a time of great blessing in the life of Jesus that He was tempted by Satan. Jesus had just been baptized by His cousin John the Baptist. The Holy Spirit had descended on Him in the form of a dove, and the Heavenly Father proudly said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

But Luke’s Gospel tells us, “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil” (Luke 4:1-2).

It was after the dove that the devil came. After the blessing comes the trial. The two often go hand in hand.

After God speaks

Times of attack often come after “mountaintop” experiences.

We read of when Jesus was on the mountaintop with Moses and Elijah. Once again, God spoke, “This is my Beloved Son. Hear Him!”

As they descended from the mountain, a man with a demon-possessed child is waiting. Whenever God speaks, the Devil will be there to oppose.

So what is the solution? It is to be aware of this truth, and always keep your guard up. Then the next time those “flaming arrows” of temptation come your way, you will know to put up your shield!

4 Responses to “When does temptation come?”

  1. Judy Deegan says:

    I want to thank you so much for being part of my was with the Lord. I receive your emils daily and can not tell you how many times what I was going thur was the topic of your emails.At times when I needed the encouragement to stay in my walk you are there. I look forward to reading and growing in your message. Thank you

  2. Kathy Grimm says:

    Thank you, pastor Laurie for your thoughtful messages of hope. Please post again for the lost on the internet. Grace and Peace.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this encouragement. I’m getting some arrows thrown at me right now and I knew it was because I’m drawing closer to the Lord. Now after reading your post I know I’m not crazy and that there is nothing wrong with me, because if it happened to Jesus, than we have to expect it too. I’m also taking up the challenge you set forth in one of your podcasts about getting back to my first love, Jesus. I’m reading my Bible EVERY day and listening to messages by you and my pastor, Ray Bentley, and basically trying to minimize my exposure to the world. Thank you so much for your ministry, I have been blessed beyond measure by it. I wish I could have met you when you came to Maranatha back in March, but there were so many people waiting for you and I had to get home to my family. Blessings to you! In His Grace, Michelle Mills

  4. Gary Andrews says:

    What an eye opener message. Now is not the time to be straying from my walk with Jesus. The distractions are multiplied for me during this tough economic time and your message was a jolt to remind that if I’m going to panic, panic intelligently by staying focused on Jesus. Thanks for this.

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