Charles Swindoll, in his commentary on the temptations of Jesus in Matthew 4, wrote, "When we ponder Satan's strategies and goals in leading us into temptations that test our faith and obedience, we need to keep some important principles in mind." He goes on to share 4 simple reminders as we face temptation:
1. Remember that Satan is a defeated enemy--so don't fear and don't be intimidated in the face of his temptations. "Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world." (I John 4:4)
2. Remember that God's Word is alive and powerful--so don't hesitate to stand on it. "The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword." (Hebrews 4:12)
3. Remember that God is our shield and sustainer--so don't lean on your own strength. "The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge...". (Psalm 18:2)
4. Remember that you don't have to yield to temptation--so resist its call. "Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
This Sunday at 9:30am, we will continue our journey with Jesus in the Wilderness, only this time, Jesus is not in the wilderness, but is standing on a temple wall overlooking Jerusalem and the valley beyond. With this second temptation, Satan is enticing Jesus to presume on God, to test God, to manipulate God...for His own personal gain. Thankfully, Jesus was not about to put his own personal plans above those of His Father. Jesus did not come to play God. He came to cooperate with God...to fulfill the will of His Father. Are you tempted to presume upon God for your needs, wants and desires? Or do you rest confidently in His divine provisions for all that you need? Join us this Sunday at 9:30am as we focus on Matthew 4:5-7.
As we gather for our in-person service, Parkside Fellowship has adopted a mask optional policy, based on the recommendations of our state and local leaders. Please join us this Sunday at 9:30am, masked or unmasked, for a time of singing, prayer, encouragement from God's word and fellowship. We look forward to seeing you!
After the service, at 10:45am, I want to invite you to join one of our adult discipleship communities. We have two to choose from:
See you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor