THE LIFE OF THE CHRISTIAN

Luke 4:1-13

 

 

Morning Meditation

 

"And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.  And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.  And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.  And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.  If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:  For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:  And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.  And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season."

 

“We mourn, Lord, that our wav’ring will

So oft invites the tempter’s skill;

We must confess that still we find

Some fleshy lusts war ‘gainst the mind;

O break our chain, Lord, set us free,

Thou tempted once, us tempted see.”

 

Jesus Christ was tempted in all points as we are. How He met the tempter in the wilderness reveals to us some of those principles that lie at the root of every Christ-like life, also teaching us something of what is meant by the “armor of God” (Eph. 6:11). We shall look at these sayings of our Lord as a summary of the characteristics of a Christian life.

 

IT IS A LIFE NOT OF THIS WORLD

 

“Man shall not live by bread alone” (Vs 4). “Bread alone” may stand for all that does not satisfy the natural cravings of man. It is possible to possess all that this world can furnish, and yet be destitute of the life in the deep and divine sense. That which is “born from above” must also be supplied from above. We must ever distinguish between soul and spirit. Material things will satisfy the soulish life, but not the spiritual.

 

IT IS A LIFE OF FAITH

 

Jesus answered Satan in Luke 4:4: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”  The words of God are spirit and life, and so become food for the inner man (John 6:63).  The word of God is always sweet to the taste of faith.

 

Spurgeon in commenting on faith said, “The old Assembly’s Catechism asks, ‘What is the chief end of man?’ and its answer is, ‘To glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.’ The answer is

Exceedingly correct; but it might have been equally truthful if it had been

shorter. The chief end of man is ‘to please God,’ for in so doing — we

need not say it, because it is an undoubted feat — in so doing he will

please himself. The chief end of man, we believe, in this life and in the next,

is to please God his Maker. If any man pleases God, he does that which

conduces most to his own temporal and eternal welfare. Man cannot please

God without bringing to himself a great amount of happiness for if any man

pleases God, it is because God accepts him as his son, gives him the

blessings of adoption, pours upon him the bounties of his grace, makes him

a blessed man in this life, and insures him a crown of everlasting life, which

he shall wear, and which shall shine with unfading lustre when the wreaths

of earth’s glory have all been melted away; while, on the other hand, if a

man does not please God, he inevitably brings upon himself sorrow and

suffering in this life, he puts a worm and a rottenness in the eve of all his

joys; he fills his death-pillow with thorns and he supplies the eternal fire

with faggots of flame which shall for ever consume him. He that pleases

God, is, through Divine grace, journeying onward to the ultimate reward of

all those that love and fear God, but he who is ill-pleasing to God, must,

for Scripture has declared it, be banished from the presence of God, and

consequently from the enjoyment of happiness. If then, we be right in

saying that to please God is to be happy, the one important question is,

how can I please God? And there is something very solemn in the utterance

of our text: “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”

 

IT IS A LIFE OF ADORATION

 

Jesus said in Luke 4:8, "And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." No one can worship without adoring the one worshipped. The Life of the Christian is a life of Adoration

 

Have you ever looked at the starry skies, and meditated on the riches of His grace in saving you, and burst out in glorious praise in your adoration of the majesty of God? There are times when the overwhelming thought on God and what He has done for me is more than this natural body can stand to remain dignified. Someone hold my mules!!!!  Hallelujah!!! 

 

IT IS A LIFE OF SERVICE

 

Jesus said in verse 8, “Him only shalt thou serve.” 

 

The Lord makes it plain that one cannot have two masters. Matthew 6:24, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."

 

Jesus makes it plain that one is either for Him or against Him. Matt. 12:30, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”

 

The life of the Christian is a life of service to the Lord alone. We cannot divide our interests. One cannot give himself to the things of this world and be totally committed to the Lord. It just can’t be done. When someone doesn’t show up at church on Wednesday night and  you find out they have been to a ball game, you are looking at a person who has two masters. What did Jesus say about the two masters? Christianity will make a fanatic out of you. But you know what a fanatic is don’t you?  It is an EXTREME FAN. I plead guilty.

 

IT IS A LIFE OF CAUTIOUS OBEDIENCE

 

Luke 4:12, "And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."  Believer’s need to be very cautious about tempting the Lord. The Holy Spirit will guide you and turn the caution light on when you come close to tempting the Lord. We need to stay in such tune with Him we will sense the caution light immediately when it comes on and drop the issue on the spot.

 

Study Act 5:9, “Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.”

 

IT IS AN OVERCOMING LIFE

 

Luke 4:13, "And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season."

 

James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Jesus resisted the Devil and “he departed from him for a season.” Satan has to leave when we exercise the Lord’s authority over him. But you can be sure he will return. But it is good to have a break every once in a while. The life of the Christian is an overcoming life.

 

May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.

 

In Christ

 

Bro. White