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Friday, January 21, 2011

The Temptation of Jesus...

Luke 4:1-13 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil.  And he hate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry.  The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread."  And Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone.'"  And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, "To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.  If you then, will worship me, it shall all be yours." And Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve."  And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here; for it is written, 'He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you, and On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'"
  And Jesus answered him, "It is said, You shall not tempt the Lord you God.'" And the devil ended every temptation."

   The devil is persistent in his effort to win you over but God is more persistent in gaining your trust, your faith in him and his son.  We forget that the devil's work is alive and well in our days and we should rebuke him in Christ's name to keep us from giving into temptations.  Our temptations may not even be great.  They may only be temptations to lose our temper, our tongue, our Christian attitude when the going gets tough.  Just remember to invite Jesus into your heart.  When your heart is full of love, goodness and Jesus, there is no room for evil and temptation.  None of us are perfect.  That is after all, our human nature.  It is not from God.

   Romans 3:10 None is righteous, no not one.
I thank you for:
   The laughter of babies
   The winter sun
   The birds in my garden
   My family and friends
   Your unending mercies 
   Answered prayers for the ill 
My Christian heart to yours...
God Bless and come back soon!

1 comment:

Ginny said...

You know Kerrie, this reminds me of what some people say. They say that they still have faith in people because people are basically good. Unfortunately I don't believe that's true. We are basically not good. We are selfish, dishonest, and and so on. So when we are at our very best, we are going against our nature.