Insights From Mathew: Overcoming Temptation Part 3

Christ victory over Satan, is our victory. When we place our faith in Christ we become overcomers, more than conquerers, we stand before God clothed in Christ’s righteousness. Our filthy rags of sin and self-righteousness removed, we stand as victors. But so often we live in defeat to sin, succumbing to the lure of temptation. In Matthew 4 we glean principles to overcoming temptation, in part one we discover we must be filled with the Spirit and practice the spiritual disciplines. In part two, we see Jesus was filled with the Word and filled with awareness. Today we look at two more.

Be Filled with Wisdom

What is wisdom? John Piper, in his message Get Wisdom provides a very basic definition, it is hearing and doing God’s Word. We have already pointed out that knowing the word implies putting it into practice. When you put the Word into practice through daily living you are getting wisdom. Christ is full of wisdom when He is being tempted. We don’t see any flirtation with sin. Many times, as people corrupt by sin, we want to get so close to sin without falling into its mud pit. The wisdom of Christ in Mathew 4, shows us we must stay away from the lure of sin, no consideration, no flirtation, no second thoughts. Jesus was quick to recall God’s word and apply it.

When we are focused on hearing and doing God’s word, focused at pursuing wisdom, we are treasuring God far above anything we are being tempted with. Therefore, we will overcome temptation because wisdom, hearing and doing God’s Word, leads us to treasure God far above any thing which tries to attract our attention away from Him. We are caught up in the beauty of our God, the sins we are tempted with become the stench of the dump. But getting wisdom requires a far more important reality.

Knowing God

Jesus knew His Father. Everything Jesus said and did flowed from his intimate relationship with the Father. Jesus himself said,

“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. – John 5:19-20

We can know God, through Christ. Christ revealed the Father and through His death, burial and ressurection, Jesus is the door way to the  Father. Through Christ, the Holy Spirit and His Word, we can be struck with awe of God. Which is what needs to happen to gain wisdom, we must know and fear God. Through Christ, the Spirit and the Word the Father is revealed to us, when we respond in awe and fear of who God is and what He can do, we begin to hear and do what He requires of us because we begin to see God as our supreme treasure. Proverbs tells us, like a track on repeat,

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. – Proverbs 9:10

Notice what it says, it is the beginning of wisdom. Therefore the deeper we go in our relationship with God, the wiser we become. Knowing God, treasuring Him as our supreme joy, daily discovering and studying the inexhaustible nature of the holy one is key to overcoming temptation. Because when we fall in love with God, when he is our supreme treasure, it becomes a joy to obey His commands, a pleasure to say no to sin.

Until Next Time

Solo Deo Gloria

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