Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
03/09/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 535: Tested
Matt.4:4 Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He quoted Deut.8:3. In the previous verse 8:2, Moses told the children of Israel why God sent them into the wilderness.
God was humbling them, testing to show them whether or not they would obey Him.
Psa.78:18 They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved.
When tempted, Jesus accepted God’s provision and God’s discipline without complaining.
Jesus understood that He was the person being tested; God the Father was not on trial.
It was no accident when Israel wandered 40 years in the wilderness, and God was not punishing them.
The purpose of God’s testing is always to bring out the best in us, to change us and refine us so that we can become more like Christ.
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.