Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Empowered to Resist Temptation (Matthew 4)

What is the food you just can't resist? How often do you eat it? What makes it so tempting?

Is there an activity you love so much that it is a constant temptation for you (exercise, facebook, hunting, etc.)?

Are most things that tempt you good for you or bad for you? Why?

Read Matthew 4:1-11. Which of these temptation do you think was most difficult for Jesus to resist? Why?

Why do you think Jesus responded with Scripture each time Satan brought a new temptation? Do you think you could do the same thing? Why or why not?

How important is it to know Scripture if you want to resist temptation? What can you do to increase your knowledge of Scripture?

Read verse 1. Why do you think the Holy Spirit LED Jesus to a place he would be tempted? In what ways were these temptations good for Jesus? Is temptation ever good for you? Why or why not?

What role do you think the Holy Spirit played in helping Jesus resist temptation? How do you think your relationship to Scripture impacts your relationship to the Holy Spirit (check out Ephesians 6:17 and Hebrews 4:12)?

Based on what you've discussed today, what are some keys to having the Holy Spirit empower your life?

What steps can you take this week to ensure you're ready next time temptation hits?

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