From Temptation to Power

The temptations that Jesus faced in the desert (Luke 4:1-14) are the same kinds of temptation that we are being continuously enticed by in the world today.

The temptations Jesus endured were hedonism, egoism, and materialism.  

Materialism is a personal attitude which attaches importance to acquiring and consuming material goods (kingdoms, wealth).

Egoism is the belief that individuals should focus primarily on doing what is in their self-interest.

Hedonism is a school of thought that argues that our personal pleasure and happiness should be the most important aspect of our life.

When Jesus returned from the 40 days of fasting and resisting temptation in the desert, he is said to have returned in the power of the Spirit. Overcoming these temptations may be an important key for us today in regard to ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 4:14-19 14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

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