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1. What is the longest you ever went without eating? How did it feel?
2. If you were emperor of the world, what would you first decree?
3. Why were the temptations directed at Jesus immediately after He was affirmed by God at His baptism?
4. For each of the three temptations:
- What is its nature?
- What potentially might appeal to Jesus?
- What price would there be were He to yield?
- How does Jesus respond?
5. Of these three, which temptation appears most legitimate? Which one is most shrewd?
6. In quoting Psalm 91, what truth did the Devil pervert or omit?
7. How would you describe the power struggle going on in this story?
- This is the ultimate struggle between good and evil.
- Satan is trying to conquer Jesus when He seems weak.
- Jesus is tempted to use His power as God’s Son for Himself.
- The power struggle is no different that those we face daily.
- The power struggle is greater than anything we could face.
8. What human need is at the heart of each temptation? How are these needs evident in your life? How does Satan use these to tempt you?
9. What does it mean to you that all the authority and splendor of the kingdoms of the world has been given to Satan?
10. What does Jesus’ encounter with temptation teach us?
- Fasting and prayer makes us vulnerable to temptation.
- Fasting and prayer enables us to overcome temptation.
- It’s best to be armed with Scripture when temptation comes.
- Satan know Scripture too.
- We need to tell Satan to get lost.
- When you resist, God sends help.
11. When do you find yourself most vulnerable to the Tempter?
- when I’m tired or under stress
- when I’m alone or away from home
- after a spiritual high
- when I’m not expecting it
- when I let my mind dwell on certain things
12. If the Devil had three shots at you, what three temptation would he use?
13. What has helped you overcome temptation when it comes?
- Scripture (such as ___________)
- Telling someone about it
- Talking myself out of it
- Running away
14. When have you been alone in the “desert”? How can it help to know Jesus has been there? What’s the difference between being lonely and being alone?