How to Study the Bible

How to Study the Bible

Nicole Unice

True Life: The Temptation of Shortcuts

March 29, 2021   ●   21 min

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This week, we are unpacking Matthew 4:8-11 in our ‘Temptations of Jesus’ series. You can listen to the first and second episodes here.

In this passage, we are looking at the temptation of shortcuts, or moral relativism. This temptation asks us, “Don’t you want to accomplish and achieve all the things you know God would want?”

In this temptation, Satan gets more obvious and blatant with what he wants – “bow down and worship me.” Of course, Jesus quotes Scripture; his weapon in this battle that is not of flesh and blood… If Jesus needed Scripture to defeat the lies of the enemy and overcome temptation, how much more so do we?

In this episode, Nicole also helps us unpack the backstory of the enemy:
1. He is the accuser or slanderer. He uses words and twists them to attack us.
2. There is no truth in him. He is the liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).
3. He is still under the power of God (Luke 22:31; the book of Job)
4. He is scheming: (Ephesians 6:11)
5. It is possible to resist him (James 4:7)
6. His work has already been destroyed (1 John 3:8)

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