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Weekly Devotion

November 15 2020


I often pray scripture. Yesterday Jesus in the wilderness came to mind...and how Satan tries to get us to question who God says we are. When John the Baptist baptized Jesus...A voice from heaven said... “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” After that, led by the Holy Spirit, Jesus goes into the wilderness.
 
In the wilderness the first thing Satan says to a very hungry Jesus...”If you are the Son of God...turn these stones to bread.” God had said exactly who Jesus was just a short time before this.
 
I thought about how hungry Jesus was, how abundant stones are in that place and how Jesus responded. “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
 
Our needs are beyond just the physical...bread is needed over and over and The Word of God (the very thing Satan wants to be denied) is needed over and over. It is meant to sustain us...to nurture us...to give us strength, to direct us, to comfort us.
 
Satan then takes Jesus to the holy city...to the highest point of the temple.  Again it’s the...’did God really say’ question. For in essence Satan says…if you are the Son of God prove it. He tells Jesus to throw himself 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 responds, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test”
 
The words are from Deut. 6.
 
But it is referring to when in the wilderness the people who were called to be God’s people tested the LORD, saying, "Is the LORD among us or not?"
 
Isn’t it ironic...Satan, telling Jesus how to prove he is the Son of God?
 
Immanuel (God with us), the very fulfillment of God’s promise.
 
There wouldn’t be flying angels swooping in at the last moment to save Jesus...no, Jesus is the one who is the Savior!
 
It would not be inside the walls of the holy city but outside the city gates that true love would flow. Jesus would not throw himself down from the high point of the temple …he would be lifted up and he would draw all people to himself.
 
Satan gives it another go...he takes Jesus to the top of a mountain and shows Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory and promises them to Jesus …just fall down and worship me!
 
Jesus responds, "Get behind me Satan!” (Satan is never before Jesus!)
 
Jesus continues, it is written...” You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.”
 
The kingdoms of this world and their glories are not the kingdom of God. Their glories are perishable, kingdoms of rot. Jesus would tell Pilate, ”My kingdom is not of this world. Pilate, a man who knew the Roman kingdom and its so called glories,an earthly kingdom that has rotted away.
 
In my scripture prayer...I pray I draw from his Word my daily bread. I pray I keep my focus on Immanuel-Jesus and forgive for I have been forgiven so much. I pray, protect me from evil and keep temptations far from me . Rotting kingdoms and glories from a distance can look like sparkles. They are but a bait and switch of the enemy. I pray, Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I pray that I trust who and whose .you say that I am, Lord. I am of your family now and You are Our Father who art in heaven...and Holy is your name.