Jun 25th, 2017
Temptation is not a sin. What we do in response to temptation is what either makes us stronger or derails us from a healthy path. Jesus was tempted to operate outside of God’s mission for His life, a temptation we face every day in a thousand ways. He resisted temptation by recognizing how His life fit into the bigger picture. We must follow the example Jesus set.
Matthew 4:3-4 (NLT) 3 During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
BIG IDEA: When you take a TEXT out of CONTEXT (the bigger picture), you are left with a CON. The same thing happens when you see your LIFE outside the context of God’s STORY.
Reflect on Your Life within God’s Plan
- What is the PURPOSE for which God created people (including you!) in His image?
- What is God’s CALL--His “marching orders”--for your life?
- What GIFTS has He given you to accomplish your purpose and call?
Try putting your answers above together into a personal Statement of Call: “My purpose is… God has called me to… God has gifted me to…” Let your statement come into clearer focus over time as you listen to God through Scripture and prayer.