The Temptation of Jesus
After His birth and baptism, the 3rd great event in the earthly life of Christ was His Temptation. This event is perhaps one of the most vital as we seek to love and follow Jesus all our days. Why? Jesus met and defeated Satan as a man. And against the bleak panorama of the Judean Wilderness we see this beautiful sight, a totally obedient servant who wins the battle because He obeys the Word of His Father in Heaven. So can we!
Satan the enemy of God and man is alive and well on planet earth today; his silent invaders are swirling through the air. All our lives they lurk around us as the infernal warriors of the Kingdom of Darkness. As we see in Mark's Gospel record, Satan's attack is clear. Like hideous locusts Satan and his demons swarm to nourish their horrible appetites upon on the filth of spiritual wickedness. They find resistance only from those few and far between warriors of the kingdom of light. That's right; you and I today are enemies to Satan and his hosts.
As you turn to our text in Mark 1:12-13, let's learn the secret of how to resist the attacks of Satan like Jesus did.
May I give you a modern biography of someone who did not resist Satan's attack? This biography is of a man who would be opposite our Lord Jesus. Jesus faced Satan and at every level as we will see, and said NO to Satan. Adolph Hitler, our modern example, at every level said YES to Satan.
Adolph Hitler's Occult Connections
One of the primary characteristics of those who get involved in the occult is a refusal to submit to God ordained authority. This rebellion against authority always becomes evident in the lives of those heading away from God! This rebellion is usually evident in one or more of the following three areas --
- Rebellion against parents
- Rebellion against society
- Rebellion against religion/Christianity.
There is a frightening destination for many of those who rebel against parents, society and Christianity. That destination often leads them into involvement in the occult. Of course all who know God's Word can see the connection. According to I Samuel 15:23 rebellion and occult involvement are linked. The verse says, "Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft..." KJV.
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