EQUIPPING OUR HEARTS

WEEK ONE, DAY ONE, COMMON ENGLISH BIBLE COMPANION

THEME: READ THE BIBLE

DAY ONE TITLE: THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO

SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW 4:1-11 (CEB)

SCRIPTURE SNIPPET:“Jesus responded, ‘Go away, Satan, because it’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'”

MY THOUGHTS: Even Jesus had visits from Satan and was tempted by Satan to give up his dependence on God for an earthly hefty gain. But, through scriptures that Jesus had dedicated himself to and that were ingrained on his heart and in his soul, and through his relations with his Father, he resisted all of Satan’s wicked schemes and remained steadfast. The Bible, the Scriptures, God’s Word is there for us and inspired by the Holy Spirit to equip us for such encounters as Jesus had.  Satan’s visit with Jesus came when he was extremely weak and isolated after 40 days and nights in the wilderness fasting. Satan didn’t rest with Jesus, continuing his temptation in three different ways, and he certainly does not rest with us.  His aim to keep us distracted and uncontented is all a part of his plan to seperate us from God our Father, Christ our Redeemer and the Holy Spirit our Sustainer.  As we study, read, sing scripture, pray, dwell in God’s presence, we are becoming more and more equipped for each distractive and destructive event that comes our way.  Just like Jesus we can battle the lowest of lows with the Word of God.  We can keep our perspective and energy moving in the right directions with just a few rememberances from Scripture – and we don’t even have to memorize it all or know where it is found – once it is in our heart, the Holy Spirit brings Scripture into our remembrance within us using it to encourage us and keep us focused, giving us the ability too to tell Satan to “go away”! Satan left Jesus and angels came to take care of him.  We, through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and in relationship with God our Father, have the same ability to diffuse evil from getting us off track. Thanks be to God for the wonders of His Holy Word!

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