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True Life: The Temptation of Shortcuts

March 29, 2021
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This week, we are unpacking Matthew 4:8-11 in our ‘Temptations of Jesus’ series. You can listen to the first and second episodes here.

In this passage, we are looking at the temptation of shortcuts, or moral relativism. This temptation asks us, “Don’t you want to accomplish and achieve all the things you know God would want?”

In this temptation, Satan gets more obvious and blatant with what he wants – “bow down and worship me.” Of course, Jesus quotes Scripture; his weapon in this battle that is not of flesh and blood… If Jesus needed Scripture to defeat the lies of the enemy and overcome temptation, how much more so do we?

In this episode, Nicole also helps us unpack the backstory of the enemy:
1. He is the accuser or slanderer. He uses words and twists them to attack us.
2. There is no truth in him. He is the liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).
3. He is still under the power of God (Luke 22:31; the book of Job)
4. He is scheming: (Ephesians 6:11)
5. It is possible to resist him (James 4:7)
6. His work has already been destroyed (1 John 3:8)

Related Resources:
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Nicole Unice is a Bible teacher, author, and passionate communicator who delights in bringing God’s Word to life in a personal and relevant way. Her training as a counselor informs her work, as she emphasizes the importance of facing our own reality and embracing the transforming power of God’s grace. Nicole is ordained as a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Her latest book, “Help, My Bible is Alive” is a 30-day experience designed to help people experience God through the Bible.

Nicole has spent twenty years serving the local church, first in student ministry (where she’s never lost her love of a great group game) and then leading start-ups of all kinds, from leadership development to capital campaigns. She now teaches and consults with churches and ministries to strengthen their stories and cut through confusion to discover the next right steps for success.
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