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The Word Of God

Text: Luke 4:1-15   IBCSWS   November 6, 2005

Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar

 

   The Bible account of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, if carefully studied, reveals to us the devil's crafty ways of enticing human beings, offering them to experience the pleasures of sin for a season and eventually leading them to tragic destruction. Moreover, the power of the Word of God is emphatic in this account so we could appreciate the saving-power of the Word, especially when we are attacked by the adversary in different areas of our lives.

 

   The power of the Word of God is undeniable in the lives of men who trust the Lord with all their hearts. The Lord Jesus brilliantly demonstrated how we should use the Word of God powerfully against the lion-like devourer, which is the devil. In I Peter 5:8-9, it is written, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (KJV) A prayerful analysis and right application of these verses will surely put us in a position where we could display the power of the Word and valiantly conquer the lion-like enemy of truth.

 

   Below are important things we should know so we may not become ignorant of the power of the Word.

             

                  (I) Keeps Us Aware Of Our Real Existence

    Luke 4:1-4    

    -Stirs up our awareness on our spiritual existence

 

   A man who only feeds his physical body will be endangered, but he who is mindful of the Word will find his way to the Life-giving Savior.   

 

-Guards us from the lust of the flesh

 

   During trying moments, especially at the point of death, the devil usually takes position to reasonably offer deceitful help which are favorable to the flesh, but never favorable to the dying soul. In Luke 4:3, the devil said, "If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread." The devil wants us to focus our lives on our fleshly desires because it would be easier for him to trap us in the flesh.

 

   We praise God we have the Word of God! In Luke 4:4, it is written, And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. (KJV) Truly, God wants us to be more aware of our spiritual needs than our physical needs. God wants us to obey His Word and He will take care of our physical needs. The devil wants us to obey his deceitful words so we may neglect our spiritual existence, but the Lord set an example for us to follow so we may not be led by the subtlety of the devourer.

 

                  (II) Keeps Us From Apostasy

    Luke 4:5-8

    -Guards us from false worship

 

   False worship is an enslaving result of having friendship with the devil and his domain, but true worship is an excellent manifestation of one's true love for the Truth.

 

    -Guards us from the lust of the eyes

 

   One important thing we realize about the devil is his demonic power and intelligence. He knew that Jesus cannot be tempted in the flesh so he tried to show to the Lord the glory of worldly kingdoms thinking that he could lead Him by his deceptive offer, but again, the Lord used the Scriptures to expose the devil's slyness.

 

   The devil's desire is to be worshipped by human race and he uses man's lust of the eyes so that man's focus on the true object of worship will be diverted to worldly things and many will be gradually led to apostasy. In Luke 4:8, it is written, And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (KJV) This passage reminds us not to focus our eyes on things on the earth, but unquestionably set our hearts on things above, and faithfully serve the Living God.

 

                   (III) Guards Us From The Deceitfulness Of Pride

      Luke 4:9-15

      -Keeps us from dangerous exposure

 

   The devil wants us to be showy so he can easily destroy us. He wants us to lose our identity with the Lord so he can exploit us and be identified with the world; but God wants us to be humble and through His Word, we could be guarded from the illusive tricks of the devil.     

 

-Guards us from pride of life

 

   Satan is the author of pride and they that follow his steps will go in the way of death. In verse 9, the Bible tells us that the devil brought Jesus to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from thence. He wants Jesus to make "a big and foolish show" and he even used Scriptures to make the "Satan-triggered Show" looks scriptural, but the Lord rightly used the Word of God and displayed the power of the Word.

 

   In Luke 4:12-13, it is written, And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. (KJV) Truly, the Word of God is so powerful that we can use it with assurance in times of temptation.

 

   We must bear in mind that the devil is so subtle. He will try to put us down through the lust of the flesh, and if he cannot overcome us by this entrapping way, he will shift his way into another manner of attack: he will try to entice us through the lust of eyes so he may divert our object of worship and usher us in the course of apostasy. If the second trick will not work for him, then he will try to stir up our pride and move us to make a "big show" for ourselves, then it will be easy for him to attack us with his final blow, which is death; but we must remember how our Lord Jesus Christ overcame the tempter. Through the Bible, he taught us how to handle the adversary. Through faith and application of the Word of God, we are always on the Lord's side and that means we are on the winning side.                     

 

 

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