Daily Archives: March 6, 2019
Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
|Lord God, by your Word fill me with your life-giving Spirit…
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
4 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was temptedby the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”
9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you
Temptation | Rebecca Hoyt
Luke 4:8, 13
My Bible notes the 40 days probably served as a reminder of the 40-year wilderness experience after the exodus, or of the 40 days Moses spent on the mountain. With Israel, God was testing His people; with Jesus, Satan was allowed to tempt the Son of God.
Satan waits for the most opportune times to tempt us. I have a hard time going 4 hours, let alone 40 days, without food and that’s when I’m tempted to eat sweets. It’s when we are in a challenging season that Satan grabs our biggest temptations and works on us the hardest. I haven’t been to church in awhile and the excuses have been strong the last few months: icy roads, polar vortexes, blizzards. But some of the times I need to get out of my warm house and get to church – my heart needs it!
Dear Father, thank You for heat and a garage these last few months. Please give me the knowledge I need in those times of temptation to say no to whatever the devil is tempting me with. Please remind me to put my full armor of You on every day. Amen.
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