If you read the Gospels at all, at some point you’ll run into the temptation of Jesus, by Satan, in the desert, since the story is in three out of four of the books (Matthew 4: 1-11; Mark 1: 12, 13; and Luke 4: 1-13).
Like many accounts in the Bible, it’s easy to read through these quickly and say, “Oh, yeah, I’ve seen that before,” and not slow down to focus on what the passage is saying. What it’s saying, however, is pretty important to us, because it shows us the three major ways that Satan tempts, teases, and tortures us because those are the three options he offered to Jesus:
Jesus “was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.” (Luke 4: 1)
What are these temptations?
Please follow the link to the rest of the story, Satan’s Three Lies, at my blog, Commonsense Christianity at BeliefNet. I am unable to publish the full post here, so respectfully request your patience and willingness to click through.
In case you’re wondering, one of Satan’s lies has to do with money, and is it any surprise that we all feel like we don’t have enough of it? We have spent years perfecting, through hard earned experience, the art of living on little, and being grateful for everything we have.
I have written about this in my self-published book, Live Happily on Less, and through a series of bloggy essays, I describe a bit how we live — and it’s not so odd that others can’t pick up an idea or two and customize it to their lifestyle. You can look in the book at Amazon and read the first few pages. I’ve kept the price as reasonable as I can so that you can afford it and I can get something out of it.