The Altercation Between Truth & Deed: Sermon By Deacon Rob Omol
Many times, we know the truth yet it fails to be alive in us.
God does not tempt us. He leads us into environments where we can be tempted by the devil.
Then Jesus was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil. And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are God’s Son, command these stones to be made [loaves of] bread. But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Then the devil took Him into the holy city and placed Him on a turret (pinnacle, gable) of the temple sanctuary. And he said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
Jesus said to him, On the other hand, it is written also, You shall not tempt, test thoroughly, or try exceedingly the Lord your God. Again, the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory (the splendor, magnificence, preeminence, and excellence) of them. And he said to Him, These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me. Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve. Then the devil departed from Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.Matthew 4:1-11 (AMP)
Jesus was fasting when He was led by the Holy Spirit to the wilderness to be tempted.
Jesus was 100% human and 100% God. In Matthew 4:2, we see that He was hungry during His fast.
The devil is the tempter and accuser of the saints.
Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?Genesis 3:1 (AMP)
Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels went forth to battle with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought. But they were defeated, and there was no room found for them in heaven any longer. And the huge dragon was cast down and out—that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity the world over; he was forced out and down to the earth, and his angels were flung out along with him.Revelations 12:7-9 (AMP)
Jesus gives His authority to them that love, obey and follow Him with their all to overcome the devil and demons.
And He said to them, I saw Satan falling like a lightning [flash] from heaven. Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are enrolled in heaven.Luke 10:18-20 (AMP)
Now the judgment (crisis) of this world is coming on [sentence is now being passed on this world]. Now the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world shall be cast out (expelled).John 12:31 (AMP)
The root of sin is within us, in our desires. The problem is the nature of our desires.
But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions). Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.James 1:14-15 (AMP)
Our desires need to be God’s desires.
Because of what Christ has done for us through His death and resurrection, we too have conquered the devil.
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.Revelations 12:11 (NKJV)
What you confess, you possess. Is what you confess truth from God or is it deception from the enemy?
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.Romans 16:20 (NIV)
You can overcome the enemy when you have the peace of God ruling over your life.
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]John 16:33 (AMP)
Peace is a subtle weapon. The peace of God helps you to overcome the lies of the flesh and the accuser.
Why does God lead us to situations and environments of temptations? It is so we can see His power in us to overcome.
For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.1 Corinthians 10:13 (AMP)
Everywhere we go, the life of God in us should break forth. Life begets life and we are carriers of the nature of Christ.
Even when you as a person knowing the truth, fall, there is hope for you to overcome.
See how He loves us. He has set us higher than angels. He has given us the power and ability to overcome.
O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory on [or above] the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants You have established strength because of Your foes, that You might silence the enemy and the avenger. When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth!Psalm 8 (AMP)
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