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A Conversation With The Devil (Part 2)

This message is Part 2 from Matthew 4:1-11 on a conversation with the devil and this is 121ers identifying the ways the devil tempts and then scripture to respond to it just like Jesus did!

Passage: Matthew 4:1-11

The Reality of the Devil (1,2)

Decisively Counter the Doubts (3,4)
-Doubt = There is no way God can possibly love me. Scripture Response = Jeremiah 31:3; 1 John 4:10

-Doubt = You do not deserve to be forgiven and you are not worthy of His love said with disgust and humiliation producing shame. Scripture Response = Psalm 59:10, 17

-Doubt = Is Scripture really authoritative and accurate? Scripture Response = 2 Timothy 3:16,17

-Doubt = Each person can determine their own gender. Scripture Response = Genesis 1:27

-Doubt = That is not really a human person in the womb. Scripture Response = Psalm 139:13-16

-Doubt = A Good and loving God would not allow pain and suffering. Scripture Response = Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28

-Doubt = You should live in fear because of job uncertainty, covid concerns, and chaos. Scripture Response = Psalm 27:1; Isaiah 41:10

-Doubt = Your true value is in your vocation. Colossians 3:3, 23

Decisively Counter the Scripture-Twisting (5-7)
-Scripture Twist = Philippians 2:9-11(universal salvation). Scripture Response = 2 Thessalonians 1:9

-Scripture Twist = Exodus 21:24 (take your own revenge). Scripture Response = Romans 12:17-19

-Scripture Twist = Matthew 24:11 (prophesying who the next leaders will be). Scripture Response = Daniel 2:20,21

-Scripture Twist = Galatians 6:9 (serving in a ministry to a point of exhaustion and feeling guilty about leaving it). Scripture Response = Leviticus 25:8; Matthew 11:28-30

-Scripture Twist = 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; Luke 6:38 (prosperity gospel). Scripture Response = Luke 6:24; John 16:33

-Scripture Twist = Matthew 19:21 (everyone has to sell all they have to follow Jesus). Scripture Response =

-Scripture Twist = John 15:7 (ask anything you want and it will be given to you). Scripture Response = John 15:5

-Scripture Twist = James 5:16 (if you confess to others you will lose your ministry and your influence). Scripture Response = Galatians 6:1

Decisively Counter the Lies (8-10)
-Lie = If you are good enough, religious enough, or keep trying harder you will be saved. Scripture response = Ephesians 2:8-10

-Lie = God helps those who help themselves. Scripture Response = Psalm 54:4;Romans 8:15

-Lie = Truth is relative so just live your truth. Scripture Response = John 8:31,32, John 14:6

-Lie = Jesus is not God, but He is one of many of the great teachers in history. Scripture Response = John 1:1

-Lie = Your sin is not as bad as the other person’s sin. Scripture response = Romans 3:10-12

-Lie = If we have diseases or illness, God is punishing us. Scripture Response = John 9:3

-Lie = There are multiple ways to God and heaven. Scripture Response = Acts 4:12

-Lie = I am not good enough. Scripture Response = Romans 8:1

-Lie = I am not beautiful. Scripture Response = 1 Peter 3:3,4

-Lie = I need to be in a relationship to be happy. Scripture Response = 1 Corinthians 13:4

-Lie = I will never find a guy who is decent and good. Scripture Response = Isaiah 58:11

-Lie = Things won’t change, things won’t get better, this is all you will ever be. Scripture Response = Lamentations 3:22,23; Philippians 1:6

-Lie = An ever increasing craving for an ever diminishing pleasure is the formula.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters. Scripture Response = Psalm 16:11

-Lie = Follow your heart. Scripture Response = Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 10:9,10

-Lie = Science is the authoritative truth source. Scripture Response = Genesis 1:1

-Lie = This is just how God made me. Scripture Response = 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 1:6

Victory (11)


James 4:7

Luke 4:13

Hebrews 4:15

Hebrews 2:18

1 Corinthians 10:12,13

Ross Sawyers Leadership
Ross Sawyers
Lead Pastor

Primary Scripture

Matthew 4:1–11

Supporting Scripture:

James 4:7, Luke 4:13, Hebrews 4:15, Hebrews 2:18, 1 Corinthians 10:12–13

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