Step Back

Message by Joshua Mutter – February 27, 2022 


Big Idea: Stepping back can help us see through distractions and (re)discover God’s purpose for our lives.

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Matthew 4:1-11 NIV

Observation – Jesus steps back to engage in spiritual preparation.

Observation – Jesus steps back to allow temptation to strengthen him. 

Jesus is tempted by:

  • Power

  • Fame

  • Wealth


The season of Lent prompts us to step outside of our normal patterns, limit distractions and create space for God to speak into our lives.

4 Words About Fasting

  • Sacrifice

  • Control

  • Declutter

  • Engage


  • This Lent season I will step back from _________________.

  • This Lent season I will engage in __________________.

You can watch the sermon on Youtube here.