Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
02/25/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 523: Controlling My Appetite
In the wilderness, Satan tempted Jesus to feed himself by misusing God’s power. Jesus was desperately hungry, and He could have satisfied that need by taking bread from Satan.
But Jesus answered the temptation using Scripture:
Deut.8:3 man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
We should treasure God’s commands in His Word, more than food when we are starving.
John 4:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.”
Job 23:12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.
We should memorize Scripture so that the Holy Spirit can bring them to our mind when needed.
It could be during temptation, or when a friend needs encouragement or wisdom.
But the lesson Jesus taught us in the wilderness is much deeper.
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.