3 Temptations Christian Leader’s Face

If you are a Christian leader then you will face temptations. I have noticed the enemy tries to tempt Christian leader’s more than someone without a leadership role. This is because the enemy desires to destroy the people and organization by getting to the leaders. The enemy focuses more time on the people and leader’s who are advancing the kingdom of God.

Since this is the case we need to know how to face and overcome temptations. In Matthew 4, Jesus was tempted 3 times, each in a different way. But he was able to overcome those temptations. The temptations Jesus faced were ones I believe every Christian leader will face as well. Let’s first look into the passage,

 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.

 During that time the devilcame and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say,  ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,

‘He will order his angels to protect you.
And they will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’

Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’

Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.“I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me. “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,

‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’

 Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.”

Let’s look into the 3 temptations Jesus faced and how we can overcome them:

Being self-reliant: Leader’s who are self-reliant, “relying on oneself or on one’s own powers, resources, etc.” People who do this focus on self so much that they have no room to rely on God or other people. The enemy often tempts Christian leaders to move from God’s power to self power, by offering a natural need or desire which causes you to be self focused and not reliant on God. This is dangerous because when we do this we move from being effective to ineffective.

How to overcome this temptation:

  • Know, understand, and use the Word of God.
  • Rely on God’s strength and power.
  • Maintain a humble attitude.
  • Always be willing to have God change you.
  • Focus on building and having a team culture.

Being the main show: Leader’s can easily become the main show due to them often being in the spot light. The temptation can come when a leader tries to be the main show to gain all the power, recognition, and credit. Which takes away the credit from God. The enemy makes a point to tempt leaders on becoming the main show, so that God does not receive the credit.

How to overcome this temptation:

  • Know, understand, and use the Word of God.
  • First give credit and recognition to God and then other people.
  • Empower others to take the lead and spot light.
  • Maintain a giving spirit and attitude.

Being powerful: The temptation of power can be very enticing for a leader. There’s been many leader’s who misused the power they were given. The enemy can often show a leader the false benefits of what power can bring, by showing a leader the possibility of worldly possessions. This can cause a leader to lose focus of eternal prizes.

How to overcome this temptation:

  • Know, understand, and use the Word of God.
  • Discipline yourself to focus on eternal prizes.
  • Be grateful for the power and authority God has given you.
  • Daily humble yourself under God’s power.
  • Remember it’s only through God’s power that anything great gets accomplished.

If the perfect leader Jesus Christ was tempted in these areas then we will definitely be tempted in them. The key is to focus on God and His Word while knowing how we will react to temptations.

Question: Have you faced any of these 3 temptations?

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  • Dan, this is one of the best and most useful blog post a Christian leader can have, I am jotting down your notes into my personal journal dude. Incredible insight. Thank you.
    M_

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thoughts. Thank you for reading.

  • Faced all three. Failed all three. Good thing there is grace and second chances.

    • Anonymous

      Hello Bill, sorry for the late reply. It slipped by me. Yes, at least we have grace and second changes. They key is to learn and move on.