1. Hello, listening friends.
2. Welcome to this broadcast as we look at the second temptation of Christ.
3. I think it’s a fact that most people want to be popular.
4. I don’t think very few people want to be hated and despised.
5. Teenagers often dream of fame and popularity;
6. and the second temptation of the Lord Jesus Christ has to do with gaining popularity.
7. We saw the first temptation was connected with pleasure.
8. The second temptation of the devil tries to tempt Jesus to exchange His Father’s approval for the approval of people.
9. The devil tries to tempt Jesus to exchange the applause of Heaven for the applause of men.
10. He tried to get Jesus to exchange the supernatural for the sensational.
11. Let’s listen to the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 4, verses 5 to 7.
12. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU READ IN YOUR OWN LANGUAGE Matthew 4: 5-7 HERE, IF TIME PERMITS.
13. What is this temptation all about?
14. It’s about getting Jesus to force God the Father to act in a way that is contrary to God’s will.
15. It is a temptation to follow man’s agenda, not God’s.
16. It is a temptation to presume on God’s goodness.
17. I want you to notice, my listening friend, how the devil was far less confused about who Jesus is than some people.
18. He said, “Since You are the Son of God,” or, “Because You are the Son of God,
19. prove Your relationship with Him.”
20. In the first temptation, Satan failed to get Jesus to distrust His Father’s timing.
21. Now, he digs a little deeper.
22. When he said to Jesus, “If You really are dependent on your Father,”
23. or, “If You really obey your Father,
24. then, jump off this 450-foot cliff;
25. then, we will know for sure if God really keeps His promises.”
26. This had to be the deadliest temptation of all.
27. In the previous temptation,
28. Jesus defeated the devil with the words of the Scripture;
29. so now, the devil tries to tempt Jesus with the words of the Scripture;
30. and there is one thing about the devil that you must understand, my listening friend.
31. If he can’t beat you, he will join you;
32. so, if he cannot stop you from praying,
33. he will come to you when you pray, and say, “How long have you been praying about this matter?”
34. He will say to you, “Why is God not answering your prayers?”
35. And, if he can’t stop you from reading and feeding upon the Word of God, then he will join you.
36. He will come to you and ask, “Do you really believe the Bible?
37. If you really believe the Word of God, then why don’t you just stop working and have God provide for you?”
38. In fact, the devil will quote the Scripture by taking the Scripture out of context.
39. He will always twist the meaning of the Word of God;
40. and that’s exactly what he does, here, in Matthew 4:6.
41. He quotes from Psalm 91, verse 11,
42. “He will command His angels concerning You...”
43. What is the devil doing here?
44. He is saying to Jesus, “Jesus, You trust in the Word of God, and that’s fine. Prove it.
45. Prove it by putting Your faith to the test.
46. Jump, and see if He can save You;
47. and, if He does save You, look at all these tens of thousands of people below.
48. They will all worship You.
49. They will crown You King.
50. They will hail You as their hero.”
51. You see, my listening friend, the problem with devil is, he never quotes the whole verse.
52. He deliberately left out the most significant part of the verse.
53. The entire verse reads “For He will command His angels concerning You to guard You in all Your ways.”
54. What does that mean?
55. It means that God will save us when we are in His will.
56. God’s promise is not a blank check promise.
57. This is a conditional promise.
58. It is a promise that God’s provision is for the godly person who lives within the revealed will of God.
59. Psalm 19:13 says,
60. “Keep your servant also from willful,” or, presumptive, “sins…”
61. In other words, do not presume on God.
62. Those who refuse to take their medicine, they are presuming on God.
63. Those who refuse to plan for careful provision for their family are presuming on God.
64. Those who refuse to consult God before making major decisions are presuming on God.
65. You see, my friend, when you put God to the test, you are placing yourself in a superior position to God.
66. Let me explain this.
67. Does the teacher test the student, or, does the student test the teacher?
68. What will happen if the student comes in and says to the teacher, “I’m going to administer a test on you?”
69. In addition to getting kicked out of class, the student is basically placing himself or herself above the teacher;
70. and, when you put God to the test, you are placing yourself in a superior position above God.
71. Let me ask you this, my listening friend.
72. Had Jesus jumped and became popular with the crowd, how long would that popularity have lasted?
73. Would that popularity have redeemed humanity?
74. No way.
75. Would that popularity have convicted them of sin and led them to repentance?
76. No way;
77. but would that popularity have created temporary sensation?
79. Would that stunt have captured the headline news?
81. Would it have bedazzled people?
82. Of course;
83. but sensationalism is often short-lived.
84. Sensationalism is never lasting.
85. Sensationalism is only temporary;
86. but, above all, sensationalism never saves people.
87. Had Jesus opted for popularity, the whole plan of God for salvation would have been foiled;
88. and that means that you and I would not be here today;
89. so how did Jesus defeat Satan?
90. To be a victor like Jesus, you must resist like Jesus.
91. Let me speak to the men for a minute.
92. There are a lot of Christians, but men particularly, who can be aggressive and disciplined in their business.
93. They can be aggressive and disciplined in the love of sports, and playing of sports;
94. and, yet, when it comes to spiritual warfare, they leave that to their wives.
95. They let their wives do all the praying and the interceding.
96. They let their wives do all the spiritual warring.
97. They let their wives do all the resisting of the devil;
98. yet, when you look at Jesus,
99. He personally resisted the devil
100. and He stood toe to toe with the enemy;
1. and He stared down and defeated him.
2. He had the victory, not just for himself, but for all those who follow Him.
3. His mother did not do it for Him.
4. His disciples did not do it for Him.
5. Jesus personally did it;
6. and we men must never take the back seat when it comes to being victorious in the spiritual battle.
7. God wants Christian men to be mature.
8. God wants you to take ownership of your spiritual battles.
9. God wants you, in His power, to be victorious in His name;
10. and the blessings of your victory won’t be just for you. It will be for the entire family and for everybody else surrounding you.
11. Now, listen to what God promised in His Word to all who resist the devil and seek victory.
12. Isaiah 54:17 says,
13. “…no weapon forged against you will prevail,...”
14. 1 John 4:4 says,
15. “…the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
16. 1 Corinthians 15:57 says,
17. “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
18. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says,
19. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ...”
20. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says,
21. “No temptation has seized you except that which is common to men.
22. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.
23. And when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out, so that you can stand up under it.”
24. My listening friend, God has promised you victory;
25. and all you need to do is to trust in His power.
26. Do you know what the significance of the words that Jesus quoted here?
27. “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”
28. Back in the Book of Exodus, when God’s people were whining and complaining and moaning,
29. after they saw one victory after another,
30. after they saw one miracle after another,
31. after they saw the hand of God time and again,
32. after all of that, when they faced a problem, they complained, and they moaned, and they sulked, and they soured;
33. and, finally, Moses said to them in the Book of Deuteronomy 6:16,
34. “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested Him at Massah.”
35. My listening friend, you and I are tempted every day.
36. We are tempted to do what will make us popular with people.
37. You and I are tempted every day.
38. We are tempted to compromise our convictions of who we are.
39. You and I are tempted to sell our souls for the sake of popularity.
40. Let me tell you on the authority of the Word of God, as I conclude,
41. that God will honor those who resist in His name;
42. that God will honor those who stand firm, depending on His power.
43. As long as you seek the approval of God, and not the approval of men, you will be the recipient of God’s blessing;
44. and, until we meet again, I wish you God’s richest blessing.