GAME OVER

You know how Jesus spent 40 days and nights without food, being tempted by the Devil, and all of us who are filled with the Holy Spirit should expect Satan to tempt us…

And I started thinking of myself and what if TEMPTATION was a video game with 3 lives. My first man would be immediately gone on Temptation one. Because a few hours without food, and I’m hangry. If Old Scratch told me to change the rock into a Snickers, I’d be in trouble. I might initially be able to resist…but then all the devil would need to do is distract me with something else, and I’d absentmindedly find myself with the candy bar in my hand, unconsciously take a bite and answer Satan saying how I wasn’t going to fall into any of his traps… and then he’d eyeball me and my full mouth of chocolate, nuts & caramel! OH, you tricky-trickster! On to 2nd man…

Temptation 2 – Satan offering the world, in exchange to worship him/sin…I don’t care to RULE THE WORLD and all the crazy people within it. And as I’m telling him I don’t desire power and I’m content with life, my old van dies, and a Shiny new car is produced, in exchange for a deal… I’d be like, I’m just going to take it for a quick spin (I don’t want it for keeps) just need to drop off the kids at soccer practice. Dang it – MAN 2 gone…

Temptation 3 – Don’t temp the Lord, your God… I’m not going to go up on the roof and jump off to see if Angels save me, I’m not suicidal. But I am late getting to work, I’ll just speed through this RED LIGHT, no one is going to hit me, God will protect me…

GAME OVER


3 And the devil said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 But Jesus answered him, saying “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'” 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be yours.” 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.'” 9...”if You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here.” 12“It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'”

Luke 4:3-4, 7-9, 12

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