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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Adrian Rogers: How to Handle Temptation (2025)

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TEMPTATION CAN COME TO ANY PERSON, TEMPTATION CAN COME TO

ANY PERSON. DONT THINK THAT WHEN YOU GET SAVED SUDDENLY YOU

HAVE BECOME IMMUNE FROM TEMPTATION. IF THE DEVIL HAD THE

UNMITIGATED GALL, IF THE DEVIL HAD THE AUDACITY TO TEMPT THE

VERY SON OF GOD, DONT YOU THINK HE WOULD TEMPT YOU? DO YOU THINK

THAT SOMEHOW THAT YOU ARE IMMUNE? JESUS WAS TEMPTED. NOW

IF YOU THINK THAT YOURE NOT GONNA BE TEMPTED, DO YOU KNOW

WHAT YOURE DOING? YOU ARE TEMPTING THE DEVIL TO TEMPT YOU.

THE PROUD CHRISTIAN TEMPTS THE DEVIL TO TEMPT HIM. THANKS FOR

JOINING US TODAY FOR THE PROGRAM. ADRIAN ROGERS HAD A

UNIQUE ABILITY TO APPLY BIBLICAL TRUTH TO EVERYDAY LIFE; IT WAS

ONE OF THE MANY THINGS THAT MADE HIM SUCH A REMARKABLE PASTOR,

BIBLE TEACHER AND WRITER. HAVE YOUR BIBLES OPENED AND STAY WITH

US FOR THIS POWERFUL MESSAGE. AND REMEMBER, YOU CAN FIND OTHER

MATERIALS RELATED TO TODAYS MESSAGE, LIKE PASTOR ROGERS

OUTLINE, NOTES AND A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT ALL AT LWF.ORG. NOW

LETS JOIN ADRIAN ROGERS.

FIND IF YOU WOULD LUKE CHAPTER FOUR AND WERE GOING TO BE

TALKING TODAY ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE TEMPTATION. WHILE YOURE

FINDING IT, LET ME TELL YOU THIS. IN FOOTBALL THEY SAY WHEN

YOU THROW A PASS, THREE THINGS CAN HAPPEN, TWO OF THEM ARE BAD.

IN HANDLING TEMPTATION, THERE ARE THREE WAYS THAT PEOPLE TRY

TO DEAL WITH TEMPTATION, TWO OF THEM ARE WRONG. ONE WAY THAT

PEOPLE DEAL WITH TEMPTATION IS SIMPLY TO GIVE IN TO IT. UH,

THEYRE NOT BOTHERED BY TEMPTATION BECAUSE THEY DO WHAT

THEY WANT TO DO WHEN THEY WANT TO DO IT. THEYRE LIKE ANIMALS

AND WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING LIKE, UH, INTELLIGENT

ANIMALS, REALLY NOT SO INTELLIGENT. AN ANIMAL LIVES FOR

SELFGRATIFICATION, SELFPROPAGATION, SELFPRES

PRESERVATION. AN ANIMAL DOES WHAT IT WANTS TO DO BECAUSE IT

WANTS TO DO IT. IT EATS WHEN IT WANTS TO EAT, IT SLEEPS WHEN IT

WANTS TO SLEEP, IT DOES WHAT IT WANTS TO DO, PROPAGATE WHEN IT

WANTS TO PROPAGATE. AND SO THE WAY THAT SOME PEOPLE DEAL WITH

TEMPTATION IS JUST SIMPLY GIVE INTO IT. HUH, THEY REALLY DONT

EVEN BOTHER ABOUT WHAT SOME OF US WOULD CALL, UH, TEMPTATION.

AND, UH, THEN THE WAY THAT OTHERS DEAL WITH TEMPTATION IS

THEY TRY TO FIGHT IT BUT THEY DO IT IN THE STRENGTH OF THEIR OWN

FLESH. AND SO THEY TRY AND FAIL, THEY TRY, THEY FAIL, THEY TRY,

THEY FAIL, AND FINALLY THEYRE LIKE THAT WOMAN WHO SAID, “I CAN

OVERCOME ANYTHING BUT TEMPTATION,” AND MAYBE YOURE

THAT WAY. YOU JUST HAVE FAILED AND STRUGGLED SO MUCH. THERERE

THREE WAYS, HOWEVER. THE THIRD WAY IS THE WAY THAT WERE GOING

TO LOOK AT THIS MORNING AND THAT IS TO TEACH US TO EM, UNDERSTAND

BOTH THE EXAMPLE AND THE POWER FOR OVERCOMING SATANIC

TEMPTATION AND WERE GONNA FIND THAT IN THE STORY OF THE

TEMPTATION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST THERE IN THE WILDERNESS.

BECAUSE, FRIEND, JESUS IS OUR EXAMPLE AND JESUS IS OUR POWER.

NOW WHY SHOULD YOU AND I STUDY THIS? WELL, UH, YOU, WE NEED TO

STUDY IT, UH, BECAUSE, FIRST OF ALL, FRIEND, UH, THERE IS AN

ENEMY; THERE IS AN ENEMY WHO WOULD HARM US. LOOK IF YOU WILL

HERE IN VERSES ONE AND TWO, “AND JESUS, BEING FULL OF THE HOLY

GHOST, RETURNED FROM JORDAN AND WAS LED BY THE SPIRIT INTO THE

WILDERNESS, BEING FORTY DAYS TEMPTED OF THE DEVIL.” THERE IS

AN ENEMY WHO WOULD HARM US. NOW YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND THAT YOU

HAVE AN ENEMY, BUT YOU HAVE AN ENEMY AND HE IS A MALEVOLENT

ENEMY AND HE WANTS TO HURT YOU, HARM YOU, AND HURT AND HARM

THOSE YOU LOVE AND HE HAS A PLAN, HE HAS A STRATEGY FOR YOUR

LIFE. THE DYNAMITE IS IN PLACE, THE FUSE IS LAID, THE MATCH IS

STRUCK, YOU MAY BE LIVING HIGH, WIDE, AND HANDSOME, BUT HES

SETTING YOU UP FOR A FALL. YOU HAVE AN ENEMY WHO WOULD HARM US.

NOW DONT GET SO COCKY ABOUT THAT. ITS NOT THAT YOURE THAT

IMPORTANT. SATANS REAL WAR IS WITH GOD. AND EVIL PERSONS HAVE

ALWAYS KNOWN THAT IF YOU CANT GET AT SOMEBODY, GET AT SOMEBODY

THAT SOMEBODY LOVES AND YOUVE GOTTEN AT THEM ANYWAY. AND SO

SATAN WANTS TO GET AT GOD BY GETTING AT YOU BECAUSE GOD LOVES

YOU. THERE IS AN ENEMY THAT WOULD HARM YOU. ANOTHER REASON

WE NEED TO STUDY TODAY IS NOT ONLY THE ENEMY THAT WOULD HARM

US, BUT THE EXPERIENCE THAT HUMBLES US. I MEAN, MOST OF US

HAVE FAILED AND FAILED AND FAILED AND FAILED AND WERE,

WERE SICK AND TIRED OF FAILING. WE READ ABOUT VICTORY, WE SING,

OH, VICTORY IN JESUS,” BUT HOW MANY CHRISTIANS DO YOU KNOW THAT

YOU COULD SAY ARE REALLY LIVING A VICTORIOUS LIFE DAY AFTER DAY

AFTER DAY, NOT BEING OVERCOME BUT BEING OVER COMERS, NOT BEING

VICTIMS BUT BEING VICTORS. THE ENEMY THAT WOULD HARM US,

EXPERIENCE THAT HUMBLES US, AND THE EXAMPLE THAT HELPS US. OH,

FRIEND, WE NEED TO STUDY THIS BECAUSE WERE GONNA FIND OUT

WHAT JESUS DID WHEN JESUS WAS TEMPTED. AND I WANT TO SAY

AGAIN, LISTEN TO ME VERY CAREFULLY, THAT JESUS IS BOTH

YOUR EXAMPLE AND HE IS YOUR POWER. THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT

GOD GAVE US AN EXAMPLE IN THE LORD JESUS AND WE ARE TO WALK AS

HE WALKED. SO WERE GOING TO STUDY WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LORD

JESUS WHEN JESUS HAD A HEADON COLLISION WITH THE DEVIL AND HOW

HE CAME OUT OF THE WILDERNESS VICTORIOUS. AND WERE GOING TO

LEARN SOME LESSONS TODAY AND I PRAY GOD THAT GOD THE HOLY

SPIRIT WILL WRITE THIS UPON YOUR HEART SO THAT YOU WILL BEGIN TO

LIVE A VICTORIOUS LIFE. NOW, LET'S THINK FOR JUST A MOMENT

ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF TEMPTATION. NOTICE AGAIN VERSES

ONE AND TWO, “AND JESUS, BEING FULL OF THE HOLY GHOST, RETURNED

FROM JORDAN AND WAS LED BY THE SPIRIT INTO THE WILDERNESS,

BEING FORTY DAYS TEMPTED OF THE DEVIL.” NOW IT WASNT JUST ONE

TEMPTATION, FOR FORTY DAYS HE WAS TEMPTED. “AND IN THOSE DAYS

HE DID EAT NOTHING AND WHEN THEY WERE ENDED HE AFTERWARD

HUNGERED.” NOW THE BIBLE IS COMPLETELY INSPIRED, BUT THAT

ALMOST SOUNDS LIKE AN UNDERSTATEMENT. HUH, HE FASTED

FOR FORTY DAYS AND THEN HE WAS HUNGRY. YES, INDEED, HE WAS

HUNGRY AND ALL OF THE ARTILLERY OF HELL WAS AIMED AT THE LORD

JESUS CHRIST. NOW IM TALKING TO YOU ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF

TEMPTATION. HERES THE FIRST THING I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND;

TEMPTATION CAN COME TO ANY PERSON, TEMPTATION CAN COME TO

ANY PERSON. DONT THINK THAT WHEN YOU GET SAVED SUDDENLY YOU

HAVE BECOME IMMUNE TO TEMPTATION. IF THE DEVIL HAD THE

UNMITIGATED GALL, IF THE DEVIL HAD THE AUDACITY TO TEMPT THE

VERY SON OF GOD, DONT YOU THINK HE WOULD TEMPT YOU? DO YOU THINK

THAT SOMEHOW THAT YOU ARE IMMUNE? JESUS WAS TEMPTED. NOW

IF YOU THINK THAT YOURE NOT GONNA BE TEMPTED, DO YOU KNOW

WHAT YOURE DOING? YOU ARE TEMPTING THE DEVIL TO TEMPT YOU.

THE PROUD CHRISTIANS TEMPTS THE DEVIL TO TEMPT HIM. THE BIBLE

CLEARLY SAYS, AND YOU MAY PUT THIS IN YOUR MARGIN, FIRST

CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 10 VERSES 12 AND 13, “WHEREFORE, LET HIM THAT

THINKETH HE STANDETH, TAKE HEED, LEST HE FALL. THERE HATH NO

TEMPTATION TAKEN YOU BUT SUCH AS IS COMMON TO MAN. BUT GOD IS

FAITHFUL, WHO WILL NOT SUFFER YOU TO BE TEMPTED ABOVE THAT YOU

ARE ABLE, BUT WILL WITH THE TEMPTATION MAKE A WAY OF ESCAPE

THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEAR IT.” YOU WILL BE TEMPTED, THERE

IS A WAY TO OVERCOME, AND WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT PUT

IT DOWN BIG, PLAIN, AND STRAIGHT, TEMPTATION MAY COME TO

ANY PERSON. THERES NOT A MOTHERS CHILD IN THIS BUILDING,

UH, THAT CANNOT AND IS NOT TEMPTED. TO BE TEMPTED IS NOT A

SIN. JESUS WAS TEMPTED IN ALL POINTS LIKE AS WE ARE AND THE

BIBLE SAYS, “HE WAS YET WITHOUT SIN.” DONT GET THE IDEA THAT

THERE MUST BE SOMETHING INHERENTLY WRONG IN YOU IF YOU

HAVE TEMPTATIONS. THERE IS SOMETHING INHERENTLY RIGHT IN

YOU IF YOU HAVE TEMPTATIONS BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT YOU ARE

IN, NOT IN COLLUSION WITH THE DEVIL BUT IN COLLISION WITH THE

DEVIL. SO TEMPTATION MAY COME, NUMBER ONE, TO ANY PERSON. HAVE

YOU GOT THAT? NOW LET ME SAY SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT TEMPTATION.

NOT ONLY MAY IT COME TO ANY PERSON, BUT IT CAN COME IN ANY

PERIOD, IT CAN COME IN ANY PERIOD. NOW LOOK IF YOU WILL

AGAIN IN VERSE ONE, “AND JESUS, BEING FULL OF THE HOLY GHOST,

RETURNED FROM JORDAN.” WELL, WHERE WAS HE, WHAT WAS HAPPENING

IN JORDAN? WELL, IF YOULL GO BACK TO CHAPTER THREE, YOULL

FIND THAT JESUS HAD JUST BEEN BAPTIZED. IT WAS, NO PUN

INTENDED, THE HIGHWATER MARK, OF, OF, OF THE, HIS EARLY

MINISTRY. UH, THE LORD JESUS HAS BEEN DOWN IN JORDAN, HES

BAPTIZED OF JOHN THE BAPTIST, HE COMES UP STRAIGHTWAY OUT OF THE

WATER, THERE COMES A VOICE FROM HEAVEN SAYING, “THIS IS MY

BELOVED SON, IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED,” AND THE SPIRIT LIKE A

DOVE DESCENDED UPON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. AND NOW, AFTER THE

DOVE, THE DEVIL. THINK ABOUT IT. DID YOU KNOW THAT SOME OF YOUR

GREATEST TEMPTATIONS WILL COME AFTER SOME OF YOUR HIGHEST

SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES? DID YOU KNOW THAT? DID YOU KNOW THAT,

UH, UH, TEMPTATION CAN COME AT ANY PERIOD? SOMETIMES PEOPLE GET

IN TROUBLE BECAUSE THEYVE BEEN IN A REVIVAL MEETING AND THEYVE

BEEN SO GLORIOUSLY, WONDERFULLY BLESSED, THEY BEGIN TO PRAISE

GOD AND THEN THEY BEGIN TO COAST. UH, SOMETIMES MINISTERS

WILL TESTIFY, THEYLL GET IN SOME OF THE BIGGEST ARGUMENTS

WITH THEIR WIFE RIGHT AFTER ONE OF THE MOST GLORIOUS REVIVAL

MEETINGS THE CHURCH HAS EVER KNOWN. JUST BECAUSE SATAN COMES

TO COUNTERATTACK, IT CAN COME AT ANY TIME. WHEN YOU HAVE THE

APPROVAL OF HEAVEN, YOURE GOING TO HAVE THE ASSAULT OF HELL. AND

YOU CAN STUDY THE MEN IN THE BIBLE WHO WERE TEMPTED SORELY

AFTER GREAT VICTORIES. ELIJAH, AFTER HE SAW 450 PROPHETS DE,

DEFEATED ON MOUNT CARMEL, UH, HE CALLED DOWN FIRE FROM HEAVEN,

AND THEN YOU SEE ELIJAH, BACKSLIDDEN, TEMPTED, RUNNING

FROM ONE WOMAN, JEZEBEL. YOU SEE, UH, MOSES, MOSES HAD JUST

SEEN A GREAT VICTORY LEADING THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL THROUGH THE

RED SEA ON DRY GROUND. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE! LATER ON

YOU SEE MOSES OUT THERE IN THE WILDERNESS ASKING GOD TO KILL

HIM, JUST LIKE ELIJAH ASKED GOD TO KILL HIM. UH, YOU CAN STUDY

IN THE BIBLE, YOU CAN FIND OLD JONAH. JONAH HAD BEEN IN A

REVIVAL MEETING AND HE SAW AN ENTIRE CITY ABOUT THE SIZE OF

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE OR BIGGER, REPENT IN SACKCLOTH AND ASHES,

NINEVEH, AND THEN JONAH, GOT SO BACKSLIDDEN, HE, HE SAT UNDER A

GOURD VINE AND REQUESTED THAT HE MIGHT DIE. THINK ABOUT IT. ALL

OF THESE PEOPLE HAD GREAT SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES. PUT IT

DOWN; TEMPTATION CAN COME TO ANY PERSON. PUT IT DOWN; TEMPTATION

CAN COME IN ANY PERIOD. PUT IT DOWN; TEMPTATION CAN COME IN ANY

PLACE. NOW HERE IS THE LORD JESUS OUT IN THE WILDERNESS.

JESUS IS THE LAST ADAM. JESUS WAS TEMPTED IN A WILDERNESS AND

JESUS OVERCAME. ADAM WAS TEMPTED IN A GARDEN AND ADAM FELL. THE

FIRST ADAM FELL IN THE GARDEN, THE SECOND ADAM OVERCAME IN THE

WILDERNESS. NOW SATAN DOESNT CARE WHETHER HE COMES TO YOU IN

A GARDEN OR IN THE WILDERNESS. DONT GET THE IDEA THAT SOMEHOW

YOU CAN ISOLATE AND INSULATE YOURSELF FROM TEMPTATION. CHURCH

WORKERS WILL KNOW TEMPTATION. YOU KNOW, EVERY NOW AND THEN

SOMEBODY GETS THE IDEA, “WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT ID, ID JUST LIKE

TO QUIT THIS JOB THAT IM AT WHERE ALL THESE, UH, OBSCENE

JOKES AND ALL OF THIS GAMBLING AND ALL OF THIS PROFANITY AND

DOGEATDOG, I'D JUST LIKE TO GET IN A CHURCH WHERE EVERYTHING

WOULD JUST BE SO HOLY. AND, UH, AND I WOULDNT HAVE ANY MORE

TEMPTATION.” SOMETIMES PEOPLE GO ALL THE WAY TO A MONASTERY AND

THEY FIND OUT YOU KNOW, THEY, THEY, THEY GO TO FAST AND PRAY

AND GET OFF IN SOME CLIFF, SOME HOLE IN THE ROCK, AND THEY FIND

OUT THERES NO HOLINESS IN THE HOLE. YOU CANNOT, YOU CANNOT

ESCAPE TEMPTATION BY BEING IN ANY PLACE. TEMPTATION MAY COME

TO ANY PERSON, IT CAME TO JESUS. IT MAY COME IN ANY PERIOD, IT

CAME AFTER HIS BAPTISM, HES FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. IT

MAY COME IN ANY PLACE, WHETHER IT BE IN A GARDEN OR WHETHER IT

BE IN A WILDERNESS. FRIEND, WE NEED TO BE FOREWARNED AND IT MAY

COME AT ANY POINT, AT ANY POINT. JESUS WAS TEMPTED. LOOK IF YOU

WILL AGAIN AT THIS, UH, VERSE TWO, “AND BEING FORTY DAYS

TEMPTED OF THE DEVIL.” WELL HOW WAS JESUS TEMPTED? WELL, PUT IN

HE, IN YOUR BIBLE, HEBREWS CHAPTER FOUR VERSE 15 AND IT

SPEAKS OF JESUS, IT CALLS HIM OUR, “HIGH PRIEST.” AND IT SAYS,

FOR WE HAVE NOT A HIGH PRIEST WHO CANNOT BE TOUCHED WITH THE

FEELING OF OUR,” UH, “INFIRMITIES.” THAT IS, HE KNOWS

OUR WEAKNESS, HE IS TOUCHED, HE SEES HOW WEAK WE ARE, BECAUSE HE

GOES ON TO SAY, “BUT WAS IN ALL POINTS TEMPTED LIKE AS WE ARE.”

JESUS WAS TEMPTED IN ALL POINTS LIKE AS WE ARE. NOW THAT MAY

SHOCK YOU TO KNOW THAT JESUS WAS TEMPTED IN ALL POINTS LIKE AS WE

ARE, BUT THATS WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. TEMPTATION MAY COME TO ANY

PERSON, IT MAY COME IN ANY PERIOD, IT MAY COME AT ANY

PLACE, IT MAY COME AT ANY POINT. JESUS WAS TEMPTED IN ALL POINTS

LIKE AS WE ARE. HES NOT TALKING HERE ABOUT INDIVIDUAL INCIDENCES

OF TEMPTATION, HES TALKING ABOUT THE GREAT MAJOR POINTS OF

TEMPTATION. THERE ARE REALLY ONLY THREE, AND THE DEVIL THREW

ALL THREE OF THESE AT JESUS IN THE WILDERNESS, THE SAME THREE

THAT YOU WILL FACE THIS AFTERNOON AND TOMORROW MORNING

AND NEXT WEEK AND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. NOW WHAT ARE THESE

POINTS OF TEMPTATION? THE INCIDENTALS MAY VARY, BUT PUT

THIS DOWN IN YOUR BIBLES ALSO. FIRST JOHN CHAPTER TWO VERSE 16.

NOW LISTEN TO IT, “FOR ALL THAT IS IN THE WORLD, THE LUST OF THE

FLESH, AND THE LUST OF THE EYES, AND THE PRIDE OF LIFE IS NOT OF

THE FATHER, BUT IS OF THE WORLD.” NOW YOU SAY, “THATS ALL

THATS IN THE WORLD, I MEAN THAT SUMS IT UP, THATS IT.” YOU WANT

ME TO TELL YOU WHAT TEMPTATION IS? TEMPTATION IS, “THE LUST OF

THE FLESH, THE LUST OF THE EYES, THE PRIDE OF LIFE.” EVERY

TEMPTATION THAT YOU FACE IS A COMPONENT OF ONE OF THESE. IT

MAY BE A SYNCRETISM OF ALL THREE, IT MAY BE ONE OF THESE

INDIVIDUAL, IT MAY BE TWO OF THEM, BUT EVERY TEMPTATION IS

MADE UP OF, “THE LUST OF THE FLESH, THE LUST OF THE EYES, AND

THE PRIDE OF LIFE.” AND YOURE GOING TO FIND OUT, THATS

EXACTLY HOW SATAN TEMPTED JESUS IN THE WILDERNESS AND THATS THE

REASON THE WRITER OF HEBREWS SAYS THAT, “HE WAS IN ALL POINTS

TEMPTED LIKE AS WE AND YET WITHOUT SIN.” NOW, LETS, UH,

LETS ANALYZE THESE A LITTLE BIT. WHAT IS THE LUST OF THE

FLESH? WELL, THATS, THATS THE SINS THAT WE DO WITH OUR BODIES.

NOW THE FLESH IS NOT EVIL, BUT IT CAN BE MADE A OPERATION OF

EVIL. THATS CALLED THE LUST OF THE FLESH. THAT DEALS IN THE

AREA OF PHYSICAL APPETITES AND ACTIONS, FOOD, SEX, LIQUOR,

REST, LAZINESS, VIOLENCE. ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE IN THE BODY.

NOW THE BIBLE CALLS THAT THE LUST, THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH.

IT DEALS PRIMARILY WITH THE AREA OF DOING, GOT THAT? DOING. NOW,

WHAT ABOUT THE LUST OF THE EYES. DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR EYES HAVE

AN APPETITE JUST LIKE YOUR BODY HAS AN APPETITE? THE LUST OF THE

EYES. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD ANYBODY SAY, “FEAST YOUR EYES

UPON THAT?” THE LUST OF THE EYES DOES NOT DEAL WITH DOING, THE

LUST OF THE EYES HAS, DEALS WITH HAVING, HAVING. UH, IT, IT, IT,

IT MEANS JUST, UH, THINGS THAT WILL SATISFY, UH, EH, THE

AESTHETIC, UH, VALUES, OR WHATEVER VALUES THAT YOU HAVE

THAT YOU MIGHT FEAST UPON AND FEED YOUR EYES UPON. NOW, SO IF

THE LUST OF THE FLESH DEALS, UH, WITH DOING, THE LUST OF THE

EYES, UH, DEALS, UH, WITH, UH, HAVING, THE LUST OF THE FLESH IS

PRIMARILY AGAINST THE BODY, THE LUST OF THE EYES IS A TEMPTATION

AGAINST THE SOUL, THE INNER PERSON. AND THEN THE PRIDE OF

LIFE. THAT DOESNT DEAL WITH DOING OR HAVING, BUT IT DEALS

WITH BEING, BE SOMEBODY, UH, HUH, BE A HOTSHOT, BE A

BIGSHOT, HA, HAVE AUTHORITY, HAVE POWER, HAVE RESPECT, BE

FAMOUS, GET EVERYBODYS ATTENTION TURNED TO YOU. DOING,

HAVING, BEING. “THE LUST OF THE FLESH, THE LUST OF THE EYES, THE

PRIDE OF LIFE.” THE, THE, THE FIRST, THE LUST OF THE FLESH,

THAT DEALS WITH OUR PASSIONS. THE LUST OF THE EYES, THAT DEALS

WITH OUR POSSESSIONS. THE PRIDE OF LIFE, THAT DEALS WITH OUR

PERSON, WITH WHO WE ARE. AND THE BIBLE SAYS THAT JESUS CHRIST,

WAS TEMPTED IN ALL POINTS LIKE AS WE, YET WITHOUT SIN.” HOW DID

JESUS OVERCOME THESE TEMPTATIONS? WHAT WERE THESE

TEMPTATIONS THAT JESUS HAD? WELL THINK ABOUT IT. UH, WHAT WAS

THE, UH, THE, THE, UH, LUST OF THE FLESH? WELL, THAT WAS TO

TURN STONES IN TO BREAD. UH, LOOK AT IT IF YOU WILL HERE IN,

UH, IN, UH, VERSES THREE AND FOUR, AH, “AND THE DEVIL SAID

UNTO HIM, ‘IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD, COMMAND THIS STONE THAT IT

BE MADE BREAD.’ AND JESUS ANSWERED HIM, SAYING, ‘IT IS

WRITTEN, THAT MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY

WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’” HUH, I, I LOVED

THE MUSIC THIS MORNING. “THY WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET, A,

A LIGHT TO MY FEET, A LAMP AND A LIGHT.” YOU SEE WHAT, WHAT SATAN

SAID TO JESUS WAS THIS, “JESUS, YOU'RE HUNGRY. HUH, YOU HAVE

MIRACLE POWER, TURN THIS STONE INTO BREAD.” BY THE WAY, IF YOU

HAVE EVER TRAVELED TO ISRAEL, YOULL FIND THE GROUND IS

COVERED WITH LITTLE BROWN STONES ABOUT THIS BIG THAT LOOK EXACTLY

LIKE A LOAF OF BREAD. IT WAS INCREDIBLE, YOU WOULD THINK THAT

YOU COULD PUT THEM IN THE, IN THE, IN THE MARKET AND, UH, TILL

PEOPLE TOUCHED THEM THEY WOULD ABSOLUTELY THINK THAT ITS A

LOAF OF BREAD. EH, HES WORKING ON THE IMAGINATION OF THE LORD

JESUS AND HE SAYS, UH, “TURN THESE STONES IN TO BREAD.” NOW

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU? WHAT WOULD THAT SAY TO YOU? MAKE A

GOD OF YOUR PASSIONS, WHETHER IT WOULD BE FOOD, SLEEP, SEX,

LIQUOR, GAMES, WHATEVER. THAT DEALS WITH DOING, THE LUST OF

THE FLESH. NOW LISTEN. THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH EATING BREAD.

JESUS FED HIS DISCIPLES BREAD, JESUS TOOK BREAD AND SAID, “THIS

IS MY BODY WHICH IS BROKEN FOR YOU.” JESUS TAUGHT US TO PRAY,

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD.” BUT WHAT WAS THIS

TEMPTATION? TO PUT THE DESIRE OF HIS FLESH ABOVE THE WILL OF GOD.

JESUS WAS LED OF THE SPIRIT INTO THE WILDERNESS TO FAST, HE WAS

THERE BY DIVINE APPOINTMENT. WHAT IS SIN? SIN IS THE MISUSE

AND THE ABUSE OF SOMETHING THAT IS NORMALLY RIGHT AND GOOD.

EVERY SIN IS ONLY A PERVERSION OF THAT WHICH IS GOOD. SO WHAT

HE WAS SAYING TO JESUS WAS, “PUT BREAD ABOVE THE WILL OF GOD.”

AND THATS WHAT HE MIGHT SAY TO YOU, IN ANYTHING THAT MAY BE

NORMALLY GOOD. BUT IF YOU PUT IT ABOVE THE WILL OF GOD THEN IT

BECOMES SIN BECAUSE WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY IN MATTHEW CHAPTER

SIX VERSE 33? YOU REMEMBER THAT? “SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF

GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED

UNTO YOU.” THIS WAS A TEMPTATION, JUST TO PUT THINGS,

BREAD, ABOVE THE WILL OF GOD, TO PUT GOD IN SECOND PLACE. GOD

WILL NOT TAKE SECOND PLACE. AND SO YOURE GOING TO BE TEMPTED

TOMORROW WITH THE LUST OF THE FLESH. THAT DOESNT MEAN THAT

YOURE GOING TO BE TEMPTED TO GO DOWN HERE TO, TO ONE OF THESE,

UH, CASINOS, GOD FORBID, BUT THERE WILL COME TO YOU TOMORROW

TEMPTATIONS TO PUT YOUR THINGS THAT YOU WANT TO DO ABOVE THE

WILL OF GOD. ALL RIGHT, THATS THE LUST OF THE FLESH. AND HOW

ELSE DID THE DEVIL, UH, TEMPT THE LORD JESUS? WITH THE LUST OF

THE EYES. LOOK IN VERSES FIVE THROUGH EIGHT OF THIS SAME

CHAPTER, “AND THE DEVIL TAKETH HIM UP INTO A HIGH MOUNTAIN AND

SHOWED UNTO HIM,” THERES THE LUST OF THE EYES, “ALL THE

KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD IN A MOMENT OF TIME. AND THE DEVIL

SAID UNTO HIM, ‘ALL THIS POWER WILL I GIVE THEE, AND THE GLORY

OF THEM, FOR THAT IS DELIVERED UNTO ME AND TO WHOMSOEVER I WILL

GIVE IT. AND IF THOU, THEREFORE, WILT WORSHIP ME, ALL SHALL BE

THINE.’” THAT IS, “YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE POSSESSIONS.” “AND JESUS

ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HIM, ‘GET THEE BEHIND ME, SATAN, FOR IT IS

WRITTEN, ‘THOU SHALT WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD AND HIM ONLY SHALT

THOU SERVE.’’” THATS THE LUST OF THE EYES. AND THE DEVIL MAKES

SOME BIG OFFERS; HE MADE A BIG OFFER TO JESUS. ADAM, THE FIRST

ADAM, HAD TURNED IT ALL OVER TO SATAN AND SATAN SAYS, “JESUS,

ILL GIVE IT BACK TO YOU IF YOULL JUST WORSHIP ME.” JESUS

KNEW BETTER THAN THAT. NOW ITS NOT WRONG TO HAVE THINGS!

PASSIONS ARE NOT WRONG, POSSESSIONS ARE NOT WRONG. DOING

IS NOT WRONG AND HAVING IS NOT WRONG. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE

BIBLE SAYS, “ITS THE LORD THY GOD THAT GIVETH THEE POVERTY AND

WEALTH.” THE BIBLE SAYS, “THOU SHALT NOT STEAL.” THAT IS,

DONT TAKE FROM ANOTHER PERSON THAT WHICH IS RIGHTFULLY HIS.”

BUT ILL TELL YOU WHAT ELSE THE BIBLE SAYS, FIRST TIMOTHY

CHAPTER SIX AND VERSE 10, LISTEN TO IT, “FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY IS

THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL, WHICH WHILE SOME COVETED AFTER THEY

HAVE ERRED FROM THE FAITH AND HAVE PIERCED THEMSELVES THROUGH

WITH MANY SORROWS.” LETS FIND OUT IF THATS YOUR PROBLEM.

LETS FIND OUT IF THE DEVILS BEEN WORKING ON YOU. WHAT ARE

YOUR PERSONAL GOALS? I MEAN, WHAT, WHAT CONSUMES YOU, WHAT DO

YOU THINK ABOUT, WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST ENERGIES, UH, DIRECTED

TOWARD? BUYING A HOUSE, RETIREMENT, UH, GETTING AN

AUTOMOBILE, A PARTICULAR VACATION, SOCALLED SECURITY, IS

THAT THE THING THAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU? YOU SAY,

PASTOR, THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.” NO, THERE IS NOTHING

WRONG WITH THAT UNLESS THATS WHAT CONSUMES YOU. ARE YOU MORE

CONSUMED WITH THAT? ARE YOU MORE CONSUMED WITH THE CHARACTER OF

YOUR CHILDREN? ARE YOU CONSUMED WITH GROWING IN CHRIST? ARE YOU

CONSUMED WITH GETTING OUT THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST? YOU SEE

HOW THE DEVIL CAN TAKE SOMETHING THATS GOOD IN SECOND PLACE, PUT

IT IN FIRST PLACE AND THEN MAKE IT BAD! LET ME ASK YOU A

QUESTION. THISLL BE A HARD ONE TO ANSWER, SO DONT ANSWER IT

OUT LOUD. IS THERE ANY MATERIAL POSSESSION THAT YOU OWN THAT YOU

WOULD NOT GLADLY DEPART WITH FOR THE GLORY OF JESUS CHRIST? IS

THERE ANY MATERIAL POSSESSION THAT YOU HAVE THAT YOU WOULD NOT

GLADLY RELINQUISH FOR THE GLORY OF JESUS CHRIST? NOW,

JUST, JUST WORSHIP SATAN AND ANY, ANYTIME YOU DONT PUT GOD

FIRST YOURE WORSHIP, WORSHIPING SATAN. JUST WORSHIP SATAN AND

ALL THIS WILL BE YOURS. THATS, THAT DEALS WITH POSSESSIONS. UH,

HEH, HEH, HUH, SATAN OFFERED JESUS ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE

WORLD, BUT FOLKS, LISTEN, PEOPLE WILL SELL OUT FOR A WHOLE LOT

MORE THAN THAT. JUDAS SOLD OUT FOR THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER,

ESAU FOR A MESS OF POTTAGE. I BELIEVE THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE

WHO WOULD GIVE UP COMING TO CHURCH BEFORE THEYD GIVE UP

GETTING A NEW REFRIGERATOR. PEOPLE ARE SO MATERIALISTIC.

THATS THE, THE LUST OF THE EYES AND WE ALL FACE IT EVERY DAY.

THE LUST OF THE FLESH, THE LUST OF THE EYES, AND THEN THE PRIDE

OF LIFE. BEGIN NOW IN VERSE NINE AND SEE WHAT SATAN DID TO THE

LORD JESUS. YOU SEE, HES TRYING, “AND HE BROUGHT HIM TO

JERUSALEM AND SAT HIM ON, ON A PINNACLE OF THE TEMPLE AND SAID

UNTO HIM, ‘IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD, CAST THYSELF DOWN FROM

HENCE, FOR IT IS WRITTEN, ‘HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE

OVER THEE TO KEEP THEE, AND IN THEIR HANDS SHALL HE BEAR THEE

UP, LEST AT ANY TIME THOU DASH THY FOOT AGAINST THE STONE.’ AND

JESUS, ANSWERING, SAID UNTO HIM, ‘IT IS SAID, ‘THOU SHALT NOT

TEMPT THE LORD THY GOD.’’” NOW WHAT WAS THIS? WELL, HUH, THE

OLD TESTAMENT HAD SAID, “THE LORD THAT YOU SEEK WILL COME

SUDDENLY TO HIS TEMPLE.” NOW JESUS WAS THE MESSIAH, HE WAS

THE SON OF GOD AND WHAT SATAN IS SAYING IS THIS, UH, “JESUS, WHAT

YOU NEED TO DO IS TO REALLY MAKE A DRAMATIC ENTRANCE, HA, HA.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS TO GET UP ON THAT HIGHEST POINT OF THE

TEMPLE AND, AND JUST STEP OFF. NOW DONT WORRY, JESUS, BECAUSE

THE BIBLE SAYS, ‘HELL SEND AN ANGEL ESCORT, ’ THOSE ANGELS WILL

SWOOP OV, UNDER YOU, UH, THEY WILL GIRD YOU UP, AND YOU WILL

COME WITH AN ANGEL ESCORT, RIGHT DOWN INTO THE TEMPLE.” YOU KNOW,

HE DIDNT COME, THAT WAY. HE CAME RIDING ON A DONKEY, DIDNT

HE? BUT THEY SAID, “OH, GET AN ANGEL ESCORT.” HA, HA, THATS

WHAT SATAN SAYS, “AND YOU JUST COME WAFTING YOUR WAY DOWN AND

ANGELS WILL DELIVER YOU THERE RIGHT TO THE COURT OF THE TEMPLE

AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE WILL SAY, ‘LOOK AT THAT! HA, HA!’ AND

JESUS, WONT YOU FEEL PROUD, WONT YOU BE SOMEBODY?” SEE,

THATS THE PRIDE OF LIFE. WELL, YOU SAY, “I, I DONT FACE

TEMPTATIONS LIKE THAT.” OH, YES YOU DO, EVERY DAY. I MEAN, WHY

DO YOU THINK PEOPLE HAVE TO HAVE A BRAND NEW SET OF CLOTHES EVERY

YEAR. WELL, TO LET EVERYBODY LOOK AT THEM. THEY DONT NEED

NEW CLOTHES NECESSARILY. WHY, WHY DO YOU THINK THESE CAR

DEALERS, AND WE HAVE SOME WONDERFUL ONES IN OUR CHURCH.

BUT, UH, WHY DO YOU THINK THE MANUFACTURER WILL PUT A BIG AD

IN THE PAPER THAT SAYS, “DRIVE THE CAR THATLL MAKE YOUR

NEIGHBORS ENVIOUS.” UH, WHY DO YOU THINK THAT YOU GET STUFF IN

THE MAIL FROM AD, ADVERTISERS THATLL SAY SOMETHING LIKE THIS,

UH, “DEAR MR. ROGERS, YOUR NAME IS ON SEVERAL MAILING LISTS IN

WHICH YOU ARE CLASSIFIED AS BEING HIGHLY LITERATE,

PROGRESSIVE, INTERESTED IN WORLD AFFAIRS, GOOD LITERATURE AND

SCIENCE. THEREFORE, I KNOW YOU WILL BE INTERESTED IN WHAT I

HAVE TO SAY.” WELL, OF COURSE I WILL SINCE HE DESCRIBED ME

PERFECTLY, HEH, HEH, I MEAN, YOU, YOU KNOW

THEY, THEY, HOW THEY, THEY LEARN, UH, TO, TO DEAL WITH THIS

CALLED THE PRIDE OF LIFE. IT HAPPENS. WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE

GOSSIP? THE PRIDE OF LIFE. YOU KNOW WHAT GOSSIP IS? GOSSIP IS

AN ATTEMPT TO PULL SOMEBODY DOWN HOPING THAT YOU WILL ELEVATE

YOURSELF ABOVE THEM. UH, WHY DO YOU THINK THAT PEOPLE, EH, HAVE

MADE A GOD OUT OF THEIR BUSINESS? NOT BECAUSE THEY NEED

MORE MONEY, THEY CAN ONLY EAT ONE MEAL AT A TIME, SLEEP ON ONE

BED AT A TIME, UH, LIVE IN ONE ROOM AT A TIME, I DONT CARE HOW

FINE IT IS, THEYRE NOT MAKING MONEY, THEYRE KEEPING SCORE. I

MEAN, ITS A GAME WITH THEM AND THEY, THEYVE GOT TO BE ON TOP.

IT IS ABSOLUTELY THE PRIDE OF LIFE. WHY DO YOU THINK MANY

PEOPLE DRINK? WELL, YOU SAY, “THEY DRINK BECAUSE OF THE

FEELING THEY GET.” WELL WHAT IS THE FEELING THEY GET? THEY ARE

TEN FEET TALL. THEY THINK THEYRE SMART, THEY THINK

THEY'RE HUMEROUS, THEY THINK THEY'RE WELL LIKED, SOMEBODY

OUGHT TO MAKE A MOVIE OF THEM AND SHOW THEM THE NEXT DAY WHAT

THEY WERE, BUT THEY THINK THAT WAY, THEY FEEL THAT WAY. AND FOR

A MOMENT, THEYRE BIG, THEYRE BIG. NOW FOLKS, THE BIBLE SAYS,

JESUS WAS TEMPTED IN ALL POINTS LIKE AS WE ARE. THE LUST OF THE

FLESH, THE LUST OF THE EYES, THE PRIDE OF LIFE,” DOING, HAVING,

BEING, PASSIONS, POSSESSIONS, PRIDE. GOT IT? OKAY, NOW. IT CAN

TAKE A MYRIAD OF FORMS, BUT YOUR TEMPTATIONS ARE NOT NEW. THATS

THE REASON THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID, “THERE HATH NO TEMPTATION

TAKEN YOU BUT SUCH AS IS COMMON TO MAN.” SAY, “OH, IVE GOT A

SPECIAL TEMPTATION.” NO, YOU DONT. YOURS IS AN ORDINARY

GARDEN VARIETY TEMPTATION. NOW, VERY QUICKLY, VERY QUICKLY I

WANT TO GIVE YOU SOME PRINCIPLES AND SHOW YOU HOW JESUS OVERCAME

THE DEVIL AND I WANT YOU WRITE THESE DOWN AND THEN YOURE GOING

TO FIND OUT. WE, WEVE TALKED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF

TEMPTATION, NOW LETS TALK, EH, LETS TALK ABOUT THE PRINCIPLES

OF TRIUMPH. FIRST OF ALL, THERES THE PRINCIPLE OF

SONSHIP. GO BACK TO CHAPTER THREE AND LOOK IF YOU WILL IN

VERSE 22. LOOK AT IT. WELL, LETS START IN VERSE 21, “AND

WHEN ALL THE PEOPLE WERE BAPTIZED, IT CAME TO PASS THAT

JESUS ALSO BEING BAPTIZED AND PRAYING THE HEAVEN WAS OPEN AND

THE HOLY GHOST DESCENDED IN A BODILY SHAPE LIKE A DOVE UPON

HIM AND A VOICE CAME FROM HEAVEN WHICH SAID, ‘THOU ART MY BELOVED

SON, IN THEE I AM WELL PLEASED.’” THE STARTING PLACE IS

TO BE A SON, A DAUGHTER OF GOD, THATS THE STARTING PLACE. YOU

SAY, “BUT LISTEN, THAT WAS JESUS, THAT WAS JESUS.” THAT

ALSO OUGHT TO BE YOU. LISTEN, THE BIBLE SAYS, UH, “BEHOLD,

WHAT MANNER OF LOVE THE FATHER HATH BESTOWED UPON US THAT WE

SHOULD BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD, THE CHILDREN OF GOD.” YOU

SEE, JESUSFAVORITE TERM FOR HIMSELF WAS WHAT, THE SON OF

MAN? HE WAS THE SON OF GOD, BUT HE DIDNT CALL HIMSELF THE SON

OF GOD. JESUS CALLED HIMSELF THE SON OF MAN. WHY DID JESUS CHRIST

CALL HIMSELF THE SON OF MAN? TO IDENTIFY WITH US. YOU SEE, JESUS

BECAME THE SON OF MAN THAT WE MIGHT BECOME SONS OF GOD. JESUS

WAS BORN OF A VIRGIN THAT WE MIGHT BE BORN AGAIN AND, AND

JESUS IS SHOWING US NOT HOW TO OVERCOME SATAN AS GOD WOULD

OVERCOME HIM, BUT HOW TO OVERCOME SATAN AS MAN WOULD

OVERCOME HIM BEING BORN OF GOD. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT? YOUVE

GOT TO BE SAVED, YOUVE GOT TO BE BORN AGAIN. FOLKS, YOU DONT

HAVE A, YOU DONT HAVE A CHANCE, YOU DONT HAVE HALF A

HALLELUJAH, YOU MIGHT AS WELL BE THROWING SNOWBALLS AT THE ROCK

OF GIBRALTAR THAN TO TRY TO OVERCOME SATAN WITHOUT BEING

BORN AGAIN. YOUVE GOT TO KNOW THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. SO

THERES THE PRINCIPLE OF SONSHIP. DO YOU KNOW THE LORD

JESUS CHRIST? SECOND PRINCIPLE, THE PRINCIPLE OF SUBMISSION. NOW

THAT VERSE I JUST READ TO YOU, IT SAID THIS, “THIS IS MY

BELOVED SON, IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED.” WELL, WHY WAS THE

FATHER WELL PLEASED WITH THE SON? BECAUSE THE LORD JESUS

SAID, “I DO ALWAYS THOSE THINGS THAT PLEASE HIM.” “I AM

SUBMITTED TO THE WILL OF MY FATHER.” I WANT TO ASK YOU A

FORTHWHITE, RIGHT QUESTION. IS THE CONSUMING DESIRE OF YOUR

HEART TO DO THE WILL OF GOD? CAN GOD LOOK AT YOU RIGHT NOW, THIS

MOMENT, AND SAY, “THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, IN WHOM I AM WELL

PLEASED?” ARE YOU SUBMITTED TO GODS WILL, DO YOU REALLY WANT

TO KNOW GODS WILL, OR DO YOU JUST SIMPLY WANT TO ESCAPE

TEMPTATION AND DO YOUR WILL? IM TELLING YOU, AS PLAINLY AS I CAN

TELL YOU, THAT VICTORY IS NOT FOR REBELS, AND UNLESS YOU HAVE

BOWED THE KNEE TO THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS, UNLESS YOU HAVE MADE

GOD SOVEREIGN IN YOUR LIFE, THAT GOD CAN SAY TO YOU, “ADRIAN IS

MY,” ER, SAY ABOUT YOU OR SAY ABOUT ME, “HE, SHE IS MY BELOVED

SON, MY BELOVED DAUGHTER IN WHOM IM REAL PLEASED,” THERES NO

REAL HOPE FOR YOU TO OVERCOME SATAN. NOW NOTICE CHAPTER FOUR

AND VERSE ONE. LOOK AT IT AGAIN. THE BIBLE SAYS, “AND JESUS,

BEING FULL OF THE HOLY GHOST.” DO YOU SEE THAT? “JESUS, BEING

FULL OF THE HOLY GHOST.” UH, LOOK IF YOU WILL IN CHAPTER, UH,

FOUR AND VERSE 14, “AND JESUS RETURNED IN THE POWER OF THE

SPIRIT.” LOOK IF YOU WILL, AS TO WHAT HE SAID IN VERSE 18, “THE

SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, FOR HE HATH ANOINTED ME.” ITS

OBVIOUS, ITS OBVIOUS. JESUS DID NOT OVERCOME SATAN AS GOD,

THOUGH HE WAS GOD AND IS GOD. JESUS OVERCAME SATAN AS MAN

FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT. NOW IF HE DIDNT OVERCOME SATAN AS MAN

FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT, HE COULD BE NO EXAMPLE TO ME, HE WOULD

PULL RANK ON ME. I MEAN, WHAT, WHAT, WHAT GOOD WOULD IT DO IF

HE SAID, “IM GOD, YOURE A MAN, YOU BE LIKE ME.” I SAY, “I

CANT.” BUT WHAT IF HE SAYS, “YOURE MAN AND IM MAN AND IM

FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT AND YOU BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT.” THEN

I SAY, “YES, I CAN.” JESUS OVERCAME SATAN NOT WITH THE

INHERENT POWER THAT HE HAD AS ALMIGHTY GOD, BUT AS A MAN

FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. THATS THE REASON THE BIBLE

COMMANDS US TO BE BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD. AND THE

LORD JESUS WAS FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT AND WE NEED TO BE FILLED

WITH THE SPIRIT. AS I WAS STUDYING THIS PASSAGE I CAME TO

FIRST JOHN FOUR VERSE FOUR, “YE ARE GODS LITTLE CHILDREN AND

HAVE OVERCOME THEM BECAUSE GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU

THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD.” HERES THE FOURTH PRINCIPLE AND

IM RUSHING NOW. ALL RIGHT, REMEMBER SONSHIP, REMEMBER

SUBMISSION, REMEMBER THE SPIRIT, AND NOW HERES THE NEXT ONE,

SCRIPTURE, SCRIPTURE, THE PRINCIPLE OF SCRIPTURE. LOOK IF

YOU WILL IN CHAPTER FOUR VERSE FOUR, “AND JESUS ANSWERED,

SAYING, ‘IT IS WRITTEN.’” LOOK IF YOU WILL AGAIN IN THE, UH,

IN, IN VERSE EIGHT, “AND JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HIM, ‘GET

THEE BEHIND ME, SATAN, FOR IT IS WRITTEN.’” LOOK IF YOU WILL IN

VERSE 12, “AND JESUS ANSWERING SAID UNTO HIM, ‘IT IS SAID.’”

AND WHAT HE MEANT, “IT IS SAID IN THE WORD OF GOD.” NOW WHEN,

WHEN, UH, SATAN CAME AGAINST THE LORD JESUS, JESUS, A SUBMISSIVE

SON OF ALMIGHTY GOD, JESUS, FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT,

THEN TOOK THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD

AND WHEN SATAN CAME WITH THAT TEMPTATION, JESUS RAN HIM

THROUGH WITH THE WORD! “IT IS WRITTEN!” YOU HAVE AN IDEA AS

YOU READ THIS THAT JESUS MUSTVE BEEN HAVING HIS QUIET TIME IN

THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY. HES QUOTING THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY.

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THE BIBLE IS, “THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT!”

AND ITS TIME THAT SOME OF US LEARNED TO UNSHEATHE THE SWORD

AND USE IT! YES. YOU DONT EVEN KNOW IT TO USE IT, SO YOU NEED

TO GET IN THE WORD OF GOD. THERES ANOTHER VERSE I FOUND,

FIRST JOHN TWO VERSE 14, “IVE WRITTEN UNTO YOU FATHERS BECAUSE

YOU HAVE KNOWN HIM THAT IS FROM THE BEGINNING. I HAVE WRITTEN

UNTO YOU YOUNG MEN BECAUSE YOURE STRONG AND THE WORD OF

GOD ABIDETH IN YOU AND YE HAVE OVERCOME THE WICKED ONE.” NOW

HERES THE FINAL THING THAT WE HAVE TIME FOR THIS MORNING, AND

IT IS THE PRINCIPLE OF SATISFACTION, THE PRINCIPLE OF

SATISFACTION. YOU KNOW WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT THE DEVIL, “THE

DEVIL COMES AND HE FINDS NOTHING IN ME. HATH NOTHING IN ME.” WHAT

DID JESUS MEAN BY THAT? JESUS MEANT THAT SATAN COULD OFFER HIM

ANYTHING HE WANTED, SATAN HAD NO, UH, JESUS HAD NO ITCH THAT

THE DEVIL COULD, COULD, UH, SCRATCH. UH, JESUS, THE DEVIL

SAID, “TURN THESE STONES INTO BREAD.” WELL JESUS HAD MEAT TO

EAT THAT THEY KNEW NOT OF. HUH, HE SAID, “MAN SHOULD NOT LIVE BY

BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH

OF GOD.” JESUS WAS SATISFIED ALREADY. UH, SATAN SAID, “ILL

GIVE YOU THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD.” WHAT WAS THAT? A

TEMPTATION TO OBTAIN A, A LAWFUL HERITAGE IN AN UNLAWFUL WAY.

JESUS KNEW WHAT HE HAD. THE, JESUS KNEW THE PROPHECIES, “THE

KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD ARE BECOME THE KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD AND HIS

CHRIST.” HE DIDNT HAVE TO TAKE A SHORT CUT. “FALL DOWN FROM THE

TEMPLE.” JESUS DIDNT HAVE TO DO THAT, HE KNEW THAT HE CAME FROM

GOD, HE KNEW THAT HE WAS GOING TO GOD, HE ALREADY HAD IT. YOU

- SEE, WHAT IS TEMPTATION? - TEMPTATION IS FROM SATAN

TO SATISFY A LEGITIMATE DESIRE IN AN

ILLEGITIMATE WAY. FRIEND, YOU DONT HAVE TO DO THAT.

UNDERSTAND WHO YOU ARE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! AND THE DEVIL

SAYS, “HEY, SATISFY YOUR PASSIONS.” ILL TELL HIM, “IM

SATISFYING MY PASSIONS SERVING THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.” HA, HA.

LISTEN, IT IS A THRILL TO SERVE JESUS! ANYTHING ELSE IS SECOND

PLACE. THAT DEALS WITH DOING. HAVING, HEY, FRIEND, THE BIBLE

SAYS, “ALL THINGS ARE YOURS. THE MEEK SHALL

INHERIT THE EARTH.” WHAT DO WE HAVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST?

WHO WOULD GIVE UP DIAMONDS FOR DIRT? AND BEING, HA, HA, HA, HA,

BEING, LOOK UP HERE. NOW I DONT SAY IT ARROGANTLY, BUT YOU KNOW

WHO YOURE LOOKING AT? A PRINCE, A KING, ROYALTY, NEXT OF KIN TO

THE HOLY TRINITY. JESUS IS NOT ASHAMED TO CALL ME HIS BROTHER.

THE DEVIL IS A DIRTY LIAR. YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU HAVE

IN THE LORD JESUS. YOU SEE, JESUS KNEW WHO HE WAS. THERE WAS

THE PRINCIPLE OF SATISFACTION. HE KNEW WHO HE WAS, WHAT HE HAD,

AND WHERE HE WAS GOING. AND SO HE WASNT SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS

FLIMFLAM ARTIST, THIS DIRTY LIAR, THIS FILTHY DEVIL.

SONSHIP, SUBMISSION, THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE WORD

OF GOD, KNOWING WHO YOU ARE IN THE LORD JESUS. AND JESUS

IS BOTH THE EXAMPLE AND THE POWER TO DO THAT. AND GODS

PEOPLE SAID, AMEN. WOULD YOU BOW YOUR HEADS

IN PRAYER? HEADS ARE BOWED AND EYES ARE CLOSED. LETS START

WITH THAT FIRST ONE RIGHT NOW. SONSHIP, BECOMING A SON, A

DAUGHTER OF GOD. IF YOUVE NEVER YET RECEIVED JESUS CHRIST AS

YOUR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR, I WANT TO GUIDE YOU IN THAT

DECISION. WOULD YOU OPEN YOUR HEART AND PRAY THIS WAY RIGHT

NOW. “DEAR GOD,” JUST PRAY OUT OF YOUR HEART. “I NEED YOU. GIVE

ME THE COURAGE AND THE STRENGTH TO TRUST YOU IN MY HEART AND

CONFESS YOU OPENLY. HELP ME, LORD JESUS, NOT TO BE ASHAMED OF

YOU TODAY. I NEED TO GET IT SETTLED. AMEN.”

WELL THE ANTICHRIST IS A BEAST, A BEASTLY MAN. ONE WHO WOULD

WANT TO DESTROY, DECEIVE AND DECIMATE THE EARTH. BUT THERES

SOMEONE WHO STANDS IN CONTRADISTINCTION; NOT THE

BEAST, BUT THE LAMB. JOHN THE BAPTIST SAID, “BEHOLD, THE LAMB

OF GOD THAT TAKETH AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD.” DO YOU KNOW HIM?

HAVE YOU RECEIVED HIM? HAVE YOU TRUSTED HIM? WOULD YOU LIKE TO

DO SO? MAY I HELP YOU TO DO IT? I WANT TO TELL YOU IF YOU WILL

ASK CHRIST TO COME IN TO YOUR HEART, I ASSURE YOU ON THE

AUTHORITY OF THE WORD OF GOD HE WILL DO IT, HE WILL DO IT

IMMEDIATELY, HE WILL BE WITH YOU CONTINUALLY, HE WILL KEEP YOU

ETERNALLY. PRAY A PRAYER LIKE THIS, “LORD JESUS, I NEED YOU

AND I WANT YOU. THANK YOU JESUS THAT YOU SHED YOUR BLOOD ON THE

CROSS FOR ME. I NOW OPEN MY HEART AND I RECEIVE YOU AS MY

LORD AND MASTER AND SAVIOR; SAVE ME LORD JESUS.” FRIEND PRAY

THAT, PRAY IT FROM YOUR HEART, “SAVE ME, LORD JESUS.” DID YOU

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