Power to fight

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness  to be tempted by the devil.And after fasting  forty days and forty nights, he  was hungry. And  the tempter came and said to him, “If you are  the Son of God, command  these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, z“It is written,

 “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5  Then the devil took him to  the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

 “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’

and

“‘On their hands they will bear you up,

lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus said to him, “Again  it is written,  ‘You shall not  put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone,  Satan! For  it is written,

 “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and  him only shall you serve.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and behold,  angels came and were ministering to him.

Matthew 4:1-11

The devil was not successful in breaking down the Lamb of God. It leaves me to wonder if he (the devil) really thought he would get to Jesus with his trickery? Regardless, when the devil comes to us in the same fashion is he quite so discouraged? For he has not offered me the realms of kingdoms to rule over, yet have i fallen to his ways? We have this vast resource of God’s Word, God’s Spirit, and the body of Christ (our church) to aid us in protection from this evil one yet how often do we stand as Christ stood and win the war? How often do we recite the scriptures or lean on the Spirit to overcome? Speaking for myself here, i would say not as often as should be expected.

Father, bring us into yourself closer and deeper and fuller that we may not fail. Bring us under your arm of strength and protection and power and put upon us the DESIRE to draw to you and the ability to conquer. Empower us Lord as we KNOW YOU ALREADY HAVE, to fight, everyday, to fight the war of holiness against the invisible and sometimes overwhelming darkness and evil in the world.  Let us hear the angels ministering to us this day.

Author: Brenden Kurtz

Kingdom now. A Life interrupted by the Great I am. Project love unto others, both known and unknown, & to elevate one's attitude and aptitude. www.barnabasman.com

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