Jun 8, 2014
Big Idea - What do we do when our integrity and trust in God are tested.
Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. Then the tempter approached Him and said, "If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." But He answered, "It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." Jesus told him, "It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God." Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. And he said to Him, "I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me." Then Jesus told him, "Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him." Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.
1. We must surrender to God when we are tested
Genesis 44:14-16 When Judah and his brothers reached Joseph's house, he was still there. They fell to the ground before him. "What is this you have done? " Joseph said to them. "Didn't you know that a man like me could uncover the truth by divination? " "What can we say to my lord? " Judah replied. "How can we plead? How can we justify ourselves? God has exposed your servants' iniquity. We are now my lord's slaves - both we and the one in whose possession the cup was found."
2. We must retain complete integrity when tested
Genesis 44:24-32 "This is what happened when we went back to your servant my father: We reported your words to him. But our father said, 'Go again, and buy us some food.' We told him, 'We cannot go down unless our younger brother goes with us. So if our younger brother isn't with us, we cannot see the man.' Your servant my father said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons. One left - I said that he must have been torn to pieces - and I have never seen him again. If you also take this one from me and anything happens to him, you will bring my gray hairs down to Sheol in sorrow.' "So if I come to your servant my father and the boy is not with us - his life is wrapped up with the boy's life - when he sees that the boy is not with us, he will die. Then your servants will have brought the gray hairs of your servant our father down to Sheol in sorrow. Your servant became accountable to my father for the boy, saying, 'If I do not return him to you, I will always bear the guilt for sinning against you, my father.'
3. We must be willing to risk everything for the truth.
Genesis 44:33-34 Now please let your servant remain here as my lord's slave, in place of the boy. Let him go back with his brothers. For how can I go back to my father without the boy? I could not bear to see the grief that would overwhelm my father."
Do you respond to testing with Biblical truth or some other salve?
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Our heart desires comfort and peace. This cannot override truth.
Put biblical truth to memory
God put us here to walk with each other through life's temptations. DO IT!
1 Thessalonians 5:14-19 And we exhort you, brothers: warn those who are irresponsible, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all. Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Don't stifle the Spirit.
Note: all scripture references are in HCSB