DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
(Lent Day 9 🛐)
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’[b]” The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 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. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[c]” 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. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[d]” Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[e]” When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Luke 4: 1-13
THEME: Overcoming the tests of life
WORDS OF HOPE:
How robust is your faith? Will your anchor hold in the storms of life? What keeps you going as a Christian? These are rhetoric questions which must not be answered back with words but by introspection. In the passage, we see the following; Jesus was very hungry; but he had learned self-control over his own body and would not be bothered. In addition, He knew the right way to become what God wanted him to be and therefore rejected the wrong way. Finally, He knew the right way to bring God’s people to himself and chose that path. In our daily Christian life, we wrestle with the flesh; we struggle with the powerful pull of bodily appetites of ambition, wealth and prestige. How many times do you give in each day to these appetites? Jesus went through all the tests and made it. Take note of the following. He knew the right way and He chose it. He knew His God and relied on Him. He knew where His journey would end and He was determined to get there.
· Pray to gain complete mastery over the appetites of the flesh.
· Submit every desire in you that can weaken your ability to overcome temptation to God.
· Pray the grace of God to increase your inner tenacity to stand against and be victorious over every temptation.
Lord, give me the strength not to give up; to reach for your word, to remember what you are calling me to be and to do, and with your help, to persevere through whatever tests may come my way. Amen🙏🏽