January 28, 2022
Resource Scripture Passage: Matthew 4
Jesus encourages all disciples, each whose lives are being threatened by the Satan, with words of commitment. They are a reflection drawn from the ancient Scriptures. Set out within the records of the Old Testament, in the book we call Deuteronomy, these words set the profile of commitment for disciples. “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only…” (6:13).
Matthew 4:1-11 documents Jesus quoting these words. He brings us into the world of spiritual conflict during a power-encounter which challenges our understanding. The most horrific Halloween-themed movie maker has yet to devise sufficient special effects to mirror that time in the wilderness. Reading the passage without discernment may make the encounter seem ordinary.
On those occasions when evil’s foul presence makes life smell like smoke, our tension is magnified ten-fold. We know divine guidance encourages the practice of worship-filled-faith.
Our lives are bombarded with enough thundering temptations to break the stones of London Tower Bridge. Thankfully, Jesus give us a strengthening spiritual phrase worthy of our highest intensity: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only…” Disciples keep faith’s informed commitment because we see Jesus encountering the Satan’s evil presence with overcoming grit.
When temptation strikes your soul what is your prayer of recovery?
When you encounter evil, in a clear time of temptation, what resources are available to help you?
When a temptation occurred, were you were able to overcome it? See 1 John 1:8-10.
What is the purpose of the Scripture section we know as Matthew 4:1-11?
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