Dear Dayspring Family,

When I was much younger, we were vacationing in Florida with a lot of my extended family.  One day, in the middle of the week, some of my cousins decided to go to one of the big water parks in Orlando, so I went with them.  I had fun for the most part but when they all wanted to ride the slide that is five or six stories high,  and which practically drops straight down, I said, “No way.”  Of course, they continued to persuade, but I was not giving in.  I do not enjoy being terrified and so I was not riding it.  And I did not.

Now it would be great if all of us did this when tempted to sin.  Just refuse.   Unfortunately, neither you nor I always do that.  We may resist Satan’s, or the world’s appeals for a while, but we eventually grow tired of fighting, and give in to the temptation.  Jesus, however, did not, as evidenced in the temptation account that we have been studying the past couple of articles.  He prayed and fasted for forty days and then was hit with Satan’s barrage of temptations when He was at His weakest physically.  Yet He refused to give in to the temptations - all the way to the last one - which we look at now.

The Final Temptation: Satan tempts Jesus to jump off the peak of the temple.  We see this in the last 5 verses of the temptation account in Luke 4:9-13.

Satan  says, “Jump off the temple in Jerusalem, and the angels will keep you from danger because God has promised they will”.   At this point, Satan actually quotes Psalm 91:11-12.  Jesus had responded to previous temptations with Scripture, and so now Satan tries to use Scripture himself.  But he does not use it properly.  He twists it and abuses it.  He misquotes it.  He takes it out of its intended context.

Now most of us would immediately see this temptation as foolish.  Why would anyone be tempted to jump off a building?  And so we might ask, “Why would Satan tempt this way?  Why would Jesus care about jumping off the temple?” The Answer: It seems that Satan is tempting Him to by-pass God’s plan and force God to demonstrate at that moment that Jesus is the Messiah.  Satan is saying, “Jesus, if you jump off the top of the temple, God will be forced to protect you miraculously and everyone will believe instantly that you are the Messiah - the Son of God.”

So it appears that Satan is tempting Jesus to force God the Father to reveal Him as the Messiah to everyone right away - at the beginning of his ministry - without waiting for God’s timing.  Essentially then, this is the temptation to try to manipulate God -  to challenge God to prove His promises in a self-determined way. 

Now to understand better what Satan is doing, we need to look at Jesus’ answer.  He quotes Deut.6:16Don’t put God to the test as Israel did at Massah”.  So what happened at Massah?

The Israelites  accused Moses (and God) of bringing them out to the desert just to kill them,  despite God’s promises to them.  So they essentially say,  “If you are really faithful and trustworthy, then prove it.  If you really exist, and if your promises are really true and you are as faithful as you claim to be, then prove it”.

This is the exact opposite of faith.  Faith says, “Lord, we know that you are faithful and true.  We trust in you even though we do not understand.  But we desperately need your help.  Please help us”.  Do you see the difference?  It does not challenge or attempt to manipulate God .

Israel had seen God’s power and care for them in the 10 plagues, the Red Sea, and miracle food from heaven (manna).  But yet they still did not trust God - and so they “put the LORD to the test” by accusing Him of being unfaithful and demanding proof that He was not - in order to get something they wanted immediately.

Satan wanted Jesus to do the same thing as unbelieving Israel - to attempt to force God to prove that His promises were true - to prove He keeps His promises in Scripture. But God will not be manipulated.  He will not be dealt with in that way!

Nevertheless, Satan continues to tempt God’s people in this same way - and we sometimes fall.

- When Satan says, “If God really loved you, He would not let this horrible thing happen to you”, and we agree with him, we are testing God!

- When we get ourselves into debt and buy things we don’t need and then complain to God that He is not keeping His promise to meet our needs, we are trying to manipulate God and  we are putting God to the test!

- When we refuse to obey God unless He shows us first that everything is going to turn out good for us if we do -- we are “putting God to the test”.

- When we decide that we will do what God says when He does first what He says, we are testing Him.

- And anytime we challenge His love or His faithfulness or His trustworthiness - we are testing Him.  And that is dangerous business!

We must resolve to be like Job (“though He slay me, yet will I praise Him”) and the three Hebrew young men in the book of Daniel (“Our God is able to deliver us, but even if He does not...we will not bow down to your image”).  We can have faith in God, or we can test God by our unbelief in the face of all His faithfulness.  Let us not test God, or attempt to manipulate Him to act for us,  but rather trust His word, and His loving promises made to us.

Pastor Dave




Operation Christmas Child

Drop off times at Dayspring are as follows:

Monday, November 12, 2018  9:00 am to 11:00 am

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Wednesday, November 14, 1018 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Thursday, November 15, 2018 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Friday, November 16  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 17, 2018  9:00 am to 11:00 am

Sunday, November 18, 2018 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Monday, November 19, 2018 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Operation Christmas Child

National Collection Week is coming closer!  November 12th through 19th!!  Below is a partial list of things that could be put in a shoebox.  You may drop off your items in the box in the sanctuary and we will start packing boxes in late October.  Join us for the craft nights on Thursday during October!

 Comb or hairbrush, Washcloth, Paddles, Eating Utensils, Scissors, Ball, Toys for sand play, Slinky, Jump ropes, hats, virors, flash cards, puzzles, hair accessories, hammers, screwdrivers, etc, sewing kit, fishing kits, stickers, small frisbee, musical instrument, jacks , small flashlight with extra batteries, crafts, small blanket, tic tac toe games, yo you, sketch pad, compact mirror (non glass) sunglasses, bendable firgures, watch, journal or diary, marbles, cars, trains, rubber duck, plastic cup, bowl, Bibles, calculator (solar), paper dolls, whistles    , water bottles, manicure set, gliders, purse or bag, spinning top, duct tape, ruler (metric), pencil sharpener,  coloring book, fun pad, picture book, bar soap (in a ziploc bag), 

Clothing items (t-shirts, underpants, gloves, hat, scarves, shoes or flip flops).

WOW Items:  Stuffed animal, Doll, Large car/vehicle, a larger item you think would be exciting

We will need 4-5 people at the Drop-Off each day to greet, load, and sort shoeboxes.  I will be contacting other churches in the community to ask them to help as well.  If you know someone outside Dayspring who would be interested in helping, please ask them!  Please sign up on the sheet in the hallway!!

Upcoming Events

Enquirers Sunday Class – On September 16 we started an Enquirers Sunday Class for all those interested in becoming members or in learning more about the church. These sessions should end on October 14.  

Missions Conference – Make plans to set aside time from March 1 – 3, 2019 for our annual Missions Conference. Dr. Dale Ralph Davis will be the keynote speaker. You will not want to miss this important Missions emphasis weekend in our church.

Operation Christmas Child - Shoebox time is coming and shoebox craft will be each Thursday night in October from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the home of Mary Ellen Strickland. Join us for an easy craft and good time of fellowship. 

OCC Drop-Off Location - Please sign up in the hallway to help with the various activities of the week as we minister to the churches in Monroe County.

WIC will meet on Tuesday, October 9 at the home of Lou Cindy Calhoun. Refreshements will be provided by Doreen Martin. If you would like to carpool, meet at the church at 6:30. 

Prayer and Praise Service will meet at the Church on Sunday nights at 6:00 PM. 



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