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"THE TEMPTATION" based on Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12,13;Luke 4:1-13 .cont.d"....even in this life it is not for our good to depart from the will of our Father in heaven. when we learn the power of his word, we shall not follow the suggestions of Satan in order to obtain food or to save our lives .Our only questions will be ,what is God's command ? and what his promise ? knowing these we shall obey the one ,and trust the other. in the last great conflict of the controversy with Satan those who are loyal to God will see every earthly support cut off .because they refuse to break his law in obedience to earthly powers ,they will be forbidden to buy or sell .it will finally be decreed that they shall be put to death. see revelation 13:11-17.but to the obedient is given the promise, "he shall dwell on high ; his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks : bread shall be given him ; his waters shall be sure ." Isaiah 33; this promise the children of God will live. when the earth shall be wasted with famine ,they shall be fed ." they shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. " psalms 37:19 .to that time of distress the prophet Habakkuk looked forward , and his words express the faith of the church :" although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vine; the labor of the olive shall fail , and the fields shall yield No meat ; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord ,I will Joy in the God of My salvation " Habakkuk 3:17,18. of all the lessons to be learned from our Lord's first great temptation none is more important than that bearing upon the control of the appetites and passions . in all ages ,temptations appealing to the physical nature have been most effectual in corrupting and degrading mankind . through intemperance , Satan works to destroy the mental and moral powers that God gave to man as a priceless endowment .thus it becomes impossible for men to appreciate things of eternal worth .through sensual indulgence ,Satan seek to blot from the soul every Trace of likeness to God . the uncontrolled indulgence and consequent disease and degradation that existed at Christ's first advent will again exist ,with intensity of evil ,before his second coming . Christ declares that the condition of the world will be as in the days before the flood , and as in Sodom and Gomorrah . Every imagination of the thoughts of the heart will be evil continually . upon the very verge of that fearful time we are now living , and to us should come home the lessons of the saviours fast . Only by the inexpressible anguish which Christ endured can we estimate the evil of unrestrained indulgence .his example declares that our only hope of eternal life is through bringing the appetites and passions into subjection to the will of God .in our own strength it is impossible for us to deny the clamors of our fallen nature. through this channel Satan will bring temptation upon us .Christ knew that the enemy would come to every human being ,to take advantage of hereditary weakness, and by his false insinuations to ensnare all whose trust is not in God .and by passing over the ground which man must travel, our Lord has prepared the way for us to overcome .it is not his will that we should be placed at a disadvantage in the conflict with Satan . he would not have us intimidated and discouraged by the assaults of the serpent . " be of good cheer ," he says ; " I have overcome the world. " John 16:33. let him who is struggling against the power of appetite look to the saviour in the wilderness of temptation. see him in his agony upon the cross ,as he exclaimed, " I thirst.' he has endured all that it is possible for us to Bear. His victory is ours. Jesus rested upon the wisdom and strength of his heavenly Father . he declares , " The Lord God will help me ; therefore shall I not be confounded:.. and I know that I shall not be ashamed .... behold ,the Lord God will help me ." pointing to his own example, he says to us " who is among you that feareth the Lord ,.... that walketh in darkness ,and hath no light ? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. " Isaiah 50:7-10."the Prince of this world cometh ," said Jesus, and hath Nothing in me ." John 14:30 .there was in him nothing that responded to Satan's sophistry .he did not consent to sin . not even by a thought did he yield to temptation . so it may be with us . Christ's humanity was united with divinity; he was fitted for the conflict by the indwelling of the holy spirit. and he came to make us partakers of the divine nature silver and grey mother of the bride wears
so long as we are united to him by faith, sin has no Dominion over us .God reaches for the hand of faith in us to direct it to lay fast hold upon the divinity of Christ's ,that we may attain to perfection of character.