Before We Get Started

There are some things we must do and some things we must know before we can be profitable to God. This lesson looks at what we must remember before we get started doing the work authorized by God, which is exalting the Savior, evangelizing the lost, and edifying the saved.

Matthew 4:1-11 (ESV):  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
and
“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
    and him only shall you serve.’”
Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

It’s a Slow Fade

Morgan Nichols speaks about how our enemy, the devil, attempts to convince us that a life of worldliness is better than the promise of salvation in Jesus. Morgan presents two main points: 1) Lambs & Lions – viewing ourselves in a spiritual context, and 2) Atomic Habits – the little things are the big things.

1 Peter 5:8-9 (ESV):  Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
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