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Worship God only!

Rev Enoch Thompson | JANUARY 16, 2023 | MATTHEW 4:8-11


KEY VERSE: Matthew 4:10 (NIV)

Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'


MESSAGE:

In the third Temptation, we see Satan as a legalistic daring bad devil; he stood before Jesus, the Word made flesh, the Creator of the universe, in His self-humiliated state as the God-Man, and dared, to ask Him to bow down to worship him, so that he, Satan could give Him all the kingdoms of this world. See the thief shouting the wares of his theft in the marketplace!

Adam and Eve did sell our birth-right as agents of God to the Devil in the first temptation in the Garden of Eden. And in the third Temptation in the wilderness, Satan sought to seal the evil done to humanity by asking for the endorsement of that ancient transaction by bowing as Adam and Eve virtually did.

The response of the dear Lord Jesus is the answer we must give when Satan seeks our allegiance and demands our worship. Whether the Devil comes as a mental suggestion, a human personality, a philosophical system, as a supposedly Christian leader or as an outright physical manifestation, to demand our worship, our answer must be one and only one, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'

When the enemy has been dislodged, God will send angels, God will send helpers, God will provide for you when you worship Him only (v. 11).

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Make a vow to the Lord that you will worship Him, and Him only will you serve.

Determine to say no to anything or any person that seeks to have more space and authority over you than the allegiance you owe to the Lord Jesus Christ.

PRAYER:

O Lord my God, I pledge my worship to you and you only all the days of my life. Please help me to stay strong in the face of the calls from the enemy demanding my worship. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

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