Sunday 27th March, Church Talk, Jesus third temptation.

The outline notes of my talk this morning in church.

Isaiah 40 25-31

Matthew 4 1-11

Jesus led into a place of testing, can he hold on to who he is when deprived of all his support.

Can we hold on to ourselves and our relationship with god when we lose our support.

In the message the devil says   “They’re yours—lock, stock, and barrel. Just go down on your knees and worship me, and they’re yours.”

Look at all that the world has to offer, give up God and your path and its all yours.

We are tested the same, what will you do with the power / resources you have?

  • What in the world grabs you & leads you away from serving and worshiping God?
  • Is it work?
  • Family?
  • Possessions?
  • Hobby?
  • Relaxing?

Jesus said ‘”Beat it, Satan!” He backed his rebuke with a third quotation from Deuteronomy: “Worship the Lord your God, and only him. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.”

Why can’t we worship and serve while doing all of these?

Jesus knew that he had a path of service and worship to follow and what the devil was offering him would be a distraction, do we?

Have these things in our life’s become like a wilderness where we are lost and can no longer hear or see God, where we are without God even though he is looking for us?

Have we allowed the power of these things to distract us, to remove the power we have from God, to become a god we worship?

ISAIAH has a lot to say on Israel being in the wilderness, they have been scattered far and wide from there holy city from there place of worship.

Read P Gooder p 62/3  about being active in looking for God when he is searching for us in the wilderness.

Are you passively waiting on God or are you active in trying to find a way out of your current wilderness?

  • Chilean miners – prayed and worked together …..
  • Japan – people sharing what little food they had and supporting each other till help came….
  • We pray for healing – but don’t just wait we see doctors and take medicine.

SO what are you doing to help the God who is looking for you to find you and help you?

Are you sending our flares like you would if lost at sea?

Are you waving a flag?

Are you praying for a way forward? And then walking towards the light shinning in the distance?

Grabbing the offered hand?

Or are you just trusting and hoping God will find you while you are moving in the wrong direction?

Are you like the man who drowned in the flood waiting for something amazing and missing the obvious rescue.

*  Tell story of the drowning man and resuce…..

*Our church verse is ‘The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion’.  Isaiah 30 v 18a

He is searching for you, he wants to guide you out of the wilderness you are in, but you need to be part of the rescue not just sit there waiting for God to pick you up.  Our faith is based on action, Gods action in sending Jesus to save us and our action in accepting that help and reaching out for it.

DO you want to be saved?

Then reach out now to the God whom wants to safe you and give you the strength to soar like an eagle.

Talk about how the past years have been a wilderness, due to my health, but that I have continued to seek God in it and how he has always been there to help me when I most need it.

Sun Tzu in his art of war says.  Know your enemy and know yourself. You need to know the enemies strengths and weaknesses as well as your own then you can protect your weak areas while using your strength to attack there weak point.

This is also true in our lives with God, we need to know that weak parts of ourselves ao that we can get Jesus to protect them while we use the giftings God has given us to attack the enemies in his weakest parts.

Jesus knew that he could be tempted so used his faith in God to deflect the devil while attacking him at the same time.

‘Worship & serve God only’

Do you know where you are weak and vulnerable to temptation?

Have you given that constantly to Jesus?

Do you use your strengths to work for God? Or have you been distracted by the world?

Let us pray..


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