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Conquering Anfechtung!

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Learning to conquer satan's nefarious strategy in temptation.

Text: Luke 4:1-4
Date: 08/29/2021, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 33

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Our attention turns now to the time of testing that Jesus suffered in the wilderness of Judea, in preparation for His ministry. In this message, we will concentrate on the situational background of the temptation, the Old Testament associations of the temptation, and the first of the three temptations-- to turn stones into bread. In all of these we will pull out satan's tactics as he tries to destroy those who turn to God and desire to walk in his ways. After establishing his nefarious strategy, we will discuss ways that we, as modern-day Christians can not only combat but triumph over his evil plans. We will learn a new word (for most people)-- "Anfechtung", which was coined by Martin Luther and refers to the severe oppression of satan's constant attacks. But a vital part of Anfechtung, which we will also discuss, is that sometimes God allows this temptation to beset his saints in order to both discipline and sanctify them. By learning these truths we will be better equipped to conquer Anfechtung!

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I. Introduction, Job 2:7-9.
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 4:1-4.
A. Context
B. The first temptation of Jesus, vs. 1-4.
1. Into the wilderness, vs. 1-2a.
a. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Luke 3:22.
b. Led by the Holy Spirit.
i. The sovereign will of God, James 1:13-14.
ii. The ongoing nature of the temptation, Mark 1:12.
iii. The location.
c. The Old Testament connection.
i. The "better Son", Ex.4:22-23.
ii. The "better Moses", Ex. 3:1-2.
2. Setting the stage for temptation, vs. 2b.
a. A full-fledged spiritual war.
i. Battles and skirmishes, Matt. 4:2.
ii. Recognizing the enemy, Rev. 12:4,9,10.
b. Preparation for the temptation.
i. A voluntary fast, Luke 3:21.
ii. Another connection to Moses, Deut. 9:9, Gal. 4:4.
iii. Another connection with Adam.
3. The first temptation, vs. 3.
a. Creating doubt in God's Word, Gen. 3:1, Luke 3:22.
b. The faulty premise.
i. Seeking division.
ii. The falsehood, John 8:44, Gen. 3:4.
• Noticing the "if-then" structure, John 14:15.
• The false assumption.
c. The fourth stratagem.
4. Jesus' response, vs. 4.
a. Standing firm on the Word of God.
b. The quote from Old Testament Scripture.
i. Back to the wilderness years, Deut. 8:3-4.
ii. A greater sustenance, John 4:31-34.
5. Summation
C. Interpretation
1. Starting at the baptism, Luke 3:21-22.
2. Back to the Garden, Gen. 3:1-6.
3. The temptation of the second Adam.
a. A stark contrast, Isa. 53:2.
b. The centrality of the Word of God.
i. The distrust of Adam, Gen. 2:16-17, 3:4-5.
ii. The trust of Jesus, Luke 3:22, 4:3.
III. Application
A. The perspective.
B. The devils strategy of Anfechtung.
1. He will wait for the opportune moment, 2Cor. 12:8-10.
2. He will create confusion and doubt in the Word of God.
3. He will inundate you with falsehoods.
a. The river of lies, 2Cor. 11:14, Rev. 12:15.
b. The simple solution, Psa. 1:1-2, 119:48,11, Eph. 6:7.
4. He will hit you with the temptation itself, James 4:7, Eph. 6:11, 1Tim 6:11.
C. Conquering Anfechtung!
IV. Conclusion

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