Pitfalls of Temptation

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BulletinMarch 10, 2019
NewsletterMarch 2019

ScripturesPsalm 42; Colossians 1.15-23; Luke 4.1-13


John Nelson

Duccio di Buoninsegna, early 14th century

Sometimes we feel that if the Holy Spirit leads us, we will always walk “beside quiet waters” (Ps. 23: 2).
That is not necessarily going to be true.  Jesus’ life reveals moments of stormy seas.
Luke 4: 1-13 tells the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan in the Desert of Judea (Luke 4: 1-13). God and Satan were with Jesus, vying for his very soul. Jesus had to make choices.
Jesus was able to overcome the temptation of Satan.
We too will be confronted by temptation, for it is all around us. We cannot avoid temptation and evil.  What is revealed to us in this Gospel passage is how Jesus was able to overcome the temptation of Satan.
Where are you most susceptible to temptation right now? How can you prepare to withstand it?  In whom do you place your trust and faith in times of temptation? What are the stepping stones along your journey that will help you make good choices?
D0 you struggle answering these questions?
Begin your Lenten Journey with us this Sunday.
The Lenten journey is a time to help each of us reflect upon how to avoid the pitfalls of temptation.
Lent is also a season of repentance, a time to learn how to make good choices, to acknowledge a dependence upon the Word of God that will guide us through life’s journey.


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