Forsaking Temptation

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Our Lord Jesus

Following baptism at the Jordan River

Led by the Spirit, His Holy Caregiver


Traveling into the barren wilderness darkness

Facing the enemy’s temptation, its starkness


Fasting and praying over forty long days and nights

Comforted and encouraged by His Father’s might


Famished with hunger

Cunning enemy of darkness makes his empty sales pitch

Tempted to turn stone into bread, Jesus will never switch


Jesus answers:

“One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”


Taken to the Holy City

From the top of temple’s highest pinnacle

Desperate enemy becomes ever cynical


Tempted to plunge Himself down to the ground

Mocking Jesus, God’s angels should be around


Jesus responds:

“Again it is written, Do not put the Lord your God to the test”


Arriving at the highest summit

Viewing below, this kingdom’s richness and vastness

No one can ever remain faithful with steadfastness


Come, worship the enemy’s empty, deceitful shrine

Tempted to accept this false kingdom, never Mine


Jesus refutes:

“Away with you, Satan! for it is written,

Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him”


We, ourselves, facing similar darkest temptations

Jesus stood firm, through God’s sound foundation


We are blessed with much the same encouragement

Read, study, follow the Bible without discouragement


Accepting and following Jesus, our Holy Savior and Lord

Through Salvation to Eternal Life, choose God’s accord


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The Scripture verses come from Matthew 4:4, 4:7, and 4:10.

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