Friday, June 05, 2009

Bread of Temptation

1 Then Jesus was lifted up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." 4 But he answered, "It is written,
'Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
Matthew 4:1-4, English Standard Version

Bread of Temptation

Temptation! How old do your children have to be before they are faced with temptation? Even before they are a year old, you find yourself constantly trying to teach them the word, "no." Did you realize that when Christ left His throne in heaven to come to this sinful world, He, too, had to endure temptation?

After having gone forty days and forty nights without bread, the devil grabbed this opportunity to tempt the Lord to make bread from stones. Could Jesus have done this? Why would that have been a sin? The sin would not have been in the making of the stones into bread, but of following the temptations of the devil, rather than the commands of God.

Christ was on this earth for one reason, and everything He did and said was focused on that goal alone. He was not about to be thwarted from that goal by Satan's temptations. Where does that leave us?

We are constantly being bombarded by temptations from the world, our own flesh, and the devil. Yet, like Christ, we Christians are to be focused only upon the goal Christ has for us in this life. Everything we do and say should be to that end!

That sounds impossible, does it not? Actually, it is! Not one of us can face the temptations of the devil successfully apart from the power of the Lord. If you are a person who follows the Word of the Lord, and seems to thrive in your Christianity, fall down on your knees and thank God for the grace He has given to you to keep you from sin! Unfortunately, most of us find ourselves constantly struggling with temptations.

Go to Christ; He understands. He, too, faced the bread of temptation, and He won!

God Bless You,

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