Temptation is real.
To ignore the fact that God allows it is foolish. The wiser thing to do is to prepare for it.
It is the wise person who anticipates the move of the enemy and has counter measures already in place for moments of weakness because, face it, we all have weaknesses.
The Lord will scourge (discipline) and chastise every son He receives (Hebrews 12:6). Why? It is because He loves us, He wants to mature us and He knows what is best for us. Temptation is the same as it has always been since Adam and Eve in the garden. There are three categories of temptation:
- The lust of the flesh
- The lust of the eyes
- The pride of life
Day 1 - Scripture
Matthew 4:10 King James Version (KJV)
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.
- Write out the scripture. We suggest that you write out the scripture in at least two versions.
- Feel free to draw a picture or diagram if you like. This activity will slow down your reading through the Word of God.
Every word of the scripture is powerful and useful (2 Timothy 3:16).
Day 2 - Observation
Studying the scripture is important. You want to use this day to identify the who, what, when, where, how and why of the verse or verses that we are observing.
Be creative, draw a picture or diagram of what the Lord is revealing to you as you study. You can draw a timeline or even make a coloring page. Whatever you need to do to capture what you have observed. Also, search commentaries, dictionaries or other references in the original language for further clarification.
Day 3 - Application
Application or Action
Action: Read Matthew 4 and examine how Jesus handled temptation. He has endured every temptation that we could face but without sin. He is our perfect example. How will you specifically handle the temptations facing you right now?
The word of God is active. We encourage you to be active as you are studying this word over the next several days. Take time to do the application and write down your experience. You can also join the "Devoted" facebook community to share with others what you have learned. You can go Live, post pictures and/or video!
Day 4 - Prayer
Prayer: Lord, help us to overcome temptation in Jesus name we pray, Amen!
The prayer prompt is a starter prayer for your personal time with God. Jot down what's on your heart and share it with God in prayer. We suggest reviewing your prayers often to see how the Lord has responded. Take your time. You have a whole day just to devote to God about what you have been studying. Don't rush. Wait for the Lord to respond.