The Opportune Time

Sermon from Fuge 2022 – North Greenville University

Luke 4:1-13 – Satan tempted Jesus when He was isolated and weakened. When temptation comes to us at opportune times for failure, we must stay connected to Jesus.


  • Appetite (4:3-4) – Satan knows where, when, and how to attack us in vulnerable areas of weakness. 
  • Authority (4:5-8) – Sin is the audacious claim that I have the right to determine what is right.
  • Acknowledgment (4:9-12) – In an effort to obtain validation from others, we can tend to take sinful shortcuts.

Matchless One

  • Luke 3:38 – Adam, son of God – Are you sure God said?
  • Adam; Jesus – Second Adam
  • Adam – plenty of food; Jesus – no food
  • Adam – not alone; Jesus – alone
  • Adam – surrounded by peaceful animals; Jesus – surrounded by wild animals
  • Israel – wandering 40 years – manna, struggle over commandments, struggle with alliances


  • Your standard will be inside you (feelings), beside you (culture), behind you (tradition), or above you (Scripture).
  • God has not left us without clear standards in His Word for belief and behavior.
  • Don’t expect to win temptation’s battle if you are not armed with God’s Word memorized.
  • Don’t go to the devil for the things your Father has promised to provide.
  • You have an enemy with a personalized plan to tempt you into sin (Luke 4:13) and then accuse you into irrelevance (Rev. 12:10-11). 
  • Jesus withstood temptation so He could take the place of those who could not (cf. Hebrews 4:15).
  • Jesus’ victory over sin doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep up the fight (cf. 1 Cor. 10:13).