5The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7If you worship me, it will all be yours.” 8Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” (Luke 4:5 – 8)
As we considered the Discipline of Bible Study over the past three days, many of us confessed that despite our deep desire to study the Bible, we often fall short of the mark. We are clearly in a spiritual battle. It is probably timely, therefore, that today we switch gears to the Discipline of Spiritual Warfare. This Discipline addresses the fact that believers are engaged in a struggle every day, for “we wrestle not against flesh and blood.” So, how do our struggles relate to God’s glory? Well, the story of the temptation of Jesus demonstrates one clear way. The devil wants us to settle for counterfeit glory.
Please read the above passage carefully and answer the questions below.
- What are some of the ways that we are tempted to pursue counterfeit glory?
- What can we learn from Jesus’ response?