He Was Tempted for Me

Mar 9, 2003
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 536, 528(1, 3-6, 15), 262, 764
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus, thank You for going to battle for me and all other sinners. Teach me to recognize the Devil's temptations, to avoid tempting situations, to flee when they do arise, and to withstand them. I am weak and easily fall, but I know I can do all things through You who strengthens me. Strengthen me today as we praise and worship You. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 91

First Reading: 

Genesis 22:1-14

God tested Abraham's faith by commanding him to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Abraham trusted God and proceeded to follow His command. Through this test, God strengthened Abraham's faith. God's testing is far different from the Devil's tempting. God tests to strengthen. The Devil tempts to destroy.

Second Reading: 

Romans 8:31-39

Our greatest need is to deal with the guilt of our sin and its consequence. Our greatest gift is the forgiveness of our sins. God spared no expense in order to give us this great gift. Therefore, we ought not doubt that He will give us lesser gifts as well. God provides for us and protects us so that nothing can separate us from our Savior.