by Pastor Eric Roberts 6/9/16
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” Matthew 4:1 (NIV) • Listening to the news lately reminds me of a used car salesman with greasy slicked black hair attempting to sell me something that in the end will leave me with something that looks good but in the end will be of no value. In Matthew 4, Jesus begins His ministry of commissioning with a solemn fast for forty days. We call this a dominion fast. It’s at the end of this fast when Jesus is at His weakest point that Satan approaches Him with a great offer! Would Jesus be willing to trade His spiritual dominion for a perceived power.
What are you being sold today? Are you really so willing to trade your freedom for a perceived power or security. Millennial’s are wrestling with this question of socialism vs. capitalism. As they gladly move toward the idea of free college and redistribution of wealth they have not weighed the consequences of what that means for our economy and national debt. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that our society is moving this way, in that this is an age old question.
Satan approached Jesus asking Him to trade His dominion for a perceived power of kingdoms. What is really crazy under all the smoke and mirrors is that Jesus is the creator of the world and all things that are created were created by Him (John 1:1-3). Which means that Satan really doesn’t have the authority to offer Him anything. Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:20 that all authority and dominion has been given to us. If that is true than sin in its most simplest form is really just us trading the dominion that God has given us for a perceived power that ultimately leads to death.
We should be very careful to what we buy into. Just because something looks good doesn’t make it right. We are responsible for our choices. In Christ we have a choice. To often we have those who want to stand as victims from the choices they make. Jesus said “I have come to set you free…he who the Son sets free is free indeed!” I pray that the Lord gives you strength and wisdom to see truth and the courage to stand up for it.
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