FROM THE PULPIT: Learn to resist temptation

Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 06:25 PM.

●Refuse to put God to the test.

Equipped with these attributes, temptation can be averted.

When Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, he fasted. He was hungry and the devil came to tempt him. The first temptation was to turn a rock into a loaf of bread.

But Jesus said, "One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

The second temptation was to acquire all the world’s kingdoms and rule them with endless power. The only catch was Jesus would have to worship the devil.

Jesus said, "It is written, 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'"

Again, he used Scripture to confront the temptation. He also declared who he was and who he was to worship. He remained true to his calling.

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