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    Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    "There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins."
    ? Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NASB)

    It's hard enough that we have to deal with our own fleshly desires, but there is also a real enemy that actively attacks us. His end goal is always sin and its consequences.
    Young or old, spiritually mature or a new believer, no one is immune from sin. Even Christ had to fight against temptation. There is much to learn about overcoming sin from Matthew 4:

    1. Jesus was prepared for the devil?s attempts because He knew God?s word (see Psalm 119:11).
    2. If Satan quoted Scripture to Jesus, imagine the kinds of tricks he will use with us! Spending time in prayer with God and in community with his followers helps us develop discernment (see Proverbs 1:5).
    3. The devil is persistent, but trust the Lord and stay strong in the truths you have learned (see Psalm 40:2).
    4. "Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.' God will not leave you alone (see John 14:26-27).

    In Matthew 26:41, Christ tells us, "Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." One of the worst mistakes a Christ follower can make is to think they won't commit
    a specific sin. When we think we are stronger than temptation, we forget to wholeheartedly seek the Lord, and then we are vulnerable to attacks. The enemy plays at our weaknesses and loves it when we forget to guard against him.

    We can hold tight to the promise of victory over sin (1 Corinthians 15:55-58), but we are human and we will
    struggle. In those times, we can praise God for His Son who redeemed us and we can confess our sins while
    seeking grace.

    Primary text(s): Matthew 4:1-11

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