Saturday, August 8, 2009



     Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Matthew 4:1 NIV
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     Satan, the enemy of God, is ever the accuser of man. In the book of Job, Satan tried to humiliate God by testing his servant, Job. Now, the Son of God himself has become a man, in order to redeem men back to God and Satan continues His war against God.
     As Satan tempts Jesus he repeatedly says, "If you are the Son of God," (4:3, 6) mocking His deity. Then as if Satan were God himself, he boasts, "All this I will give you, if you will bow down and worship me." (4:9) 
   At this point, Jesus responds, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only." (4:10)
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     Lord, You said that we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with the powers of darkness. You are the one who is able to put a wall of protection around our immediate family and our church family. We are no match for Satan who is adept at quoting Scripture for his own purpose ─ we must pray as You have instructed, "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." (6:13)
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     Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. Matthew 4:11 NIV

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