2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Jesus went into the wilderness to fast and pray and learn from Heavenly Father. After He had fasted 40 days, Satan came to tempt Him. He offered Him things that He would want, but that were wrong. Jesus resisted.
Jesus taught us by His example how we can resist temptations in our own lives. Through His spirit, we can receive strength to overcome and avoid temptations. We can also help others when they are facing temptations with gentle reminders, love, and prayers. We can fast, pray and learn from the scriptures together. We can decide now to make good choices. All these things can help us when we face temptations.
Jesus taught the people how to make good choices and asked them to follow Him. He called good men to help Him teach the people. He said they would be “fishers of men”. They would help many people learn to make good choices, resist temptations and follow Jesus Christ.
“The Lord knows how to rescue us from the power of temptation, and since the devil has this great ability to tempt and entice us, it is necessary that we know the way of deliverance and of escape from his power… As Jesus has helped us, so should we help one another. How should we deal with temptation? Avoid it, resist it, and pray for help from God, through the grace of Christ, to overcome it.”
Robert J. Matthews
What are some things Jesus did to help Him resist temptation?
What are some ways we might be tempted?
What can we do to resist temptation?
What are some ways we can help our family avoid or overcome temptations?
How can fasting help us?
What does it mean to be a “fisher of men”? (See Matthew 4:19)
In this game, you must step on the stepping stones of faith, prayer, service, etc., but avoid the floor (temptation!) Work together as a family to get to one side of the room to the other.
In Matthew 4:19, Jesus calls men to help him teach the people. They were humble fishermen, but He said that if they followed Him, He would make them "fishers of men". Help your family remember this scripture by making these cute treats!
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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