Lent – Day 14 – RESIST the devil and FLEE to GOD

FLEETOGOD

The Bible gives us many valuable examples on dealing with temptation. Lessons that apply to our practical life and very relevant for our day-to-day lives

One of my favourite scriptures that I stand upon, when I am battling negative thoughts and doubts that play up with my mind is James 4:7

 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you- James 4:7

What we need to note here is that some of these negative thoughts and doubts don’t even exist in our real minds. They just pop up out of nowhere and start taking away your peace for no apparent reason. Such thoughts from the devil captivate us and bind us so if trapped we don’t think of a way out but rather we sit there meditating on that destructive thinking and feel helpless / hopeless for ourselves, drowning in a pool of self pity and despair

When was Jesus led by the spirit  in the wilderness to be tempted and tested by the devil. When Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights and while he was still hungry, the devil tried to tempt Him to use His power to turn the stones into bread

 If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread – Matt 4:3

Jesus resisted the Devil with the Word of God. He replied

“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God – Matt 4:4

The devil did not want to give up. The devil took Him to the highest point of the temple in the Holy city and tempted Jesus to test the promises of God, by saying

If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
  and they will lift you up in their hands,
  so that you will not strike your foot against a stone – Matt 4:6

Jesus confronted the devil again with the Word of God. He replied

It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test’ Matt 4:7

The devil wanted to give one final try this time before accepting defeat

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”- Matt 4:8

This time again, Jesus stood strong with the Word of God against the devil. He replied

 “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only – Matt 4:10

This time around, the devil left Jesus alone , and the angels came and attended Him

When trapped in a net of temptation, the first armour to our rescue is the Word of God. The devil is a liar and he needs to confronted with the TRUTH that is the WORD OF GOD.

Anyone can know the Word of God, even the devil knows Jesus and knows the Word of God enough to tempt Him, even Him who created the Word. What is really important here is the right interpretation of the Word of God and the proper application of it in our day-to-day lives. The Word of God cannot be twisted and re-told for want of attraction of a bunch of audience or just to make it sound more interesting. Word of God is true and interesting in itself. There is no editing required.

When temptation sends you an invitation at your door step, RESIST him and FLEE to GOD.

My prayer for you today is for you is from Ephesians 6:10-18, for you to realise that there is evil out in the word and that evil can be defeated if we stand against it with the Word of God and all that He has empowered us with to combat the devil.

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.  Ephesians 6:10-18

 

Stay Blessed in Him

 

 

Lent – Day 13 – Magnitude of His Love

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On a weekend, my family decided we would have a spin on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. What better way to catch a bird’s eye view of spectacular Melbourne than on this stunning giant wheel. The above picture was one of the many breathtaking views taken on that day.

When I looked at the wheel from afar, it did not catch my attention that much. It was just an ordinary wheel for me. But when I took a ride on one of those spacious cabins and got a closer look of the wheel , the way it is built and the way it takes us on a spin to a spectacular 360 degree view of Melbourne made me appreciate the brains behind this amazing work. The closer I chose to look the more I observed and learnt

In God’s kingdom, for one to actually grasp the MAGNITUDE of HIS LOVE, one needs to actually understand what God did for them. The more closer we get to God, the more we will start to understand His heartbeat.

Paul talks about grasping God’s love in Ephesians 3:17-19

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:17-19

God’s love is PERSISTENT,CONSISTENT , SELFLESS and UNCONDITIONAL

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

We sometimes feel so unworthy of His Love, this great love. We get deceived by the words of the devil ‘ who can love us?’ , ‘ why will anyone love a bad person like me?’ , ‘ If you know what I did , you would not even want to talk to me?’ . The truth is the devil is a liar and he only comes to steal and destroy. He can’t stand to see God’s plans manifest in our lives and he will try his very best to uproot the good seeds set to blossom on our prosperous ground. But God says perfect love casts out all fear. So we have that grace to come boldly to the throne of God, without any pretence.

Today is an invitation for you to come to the Lord , JUST AS YOU ARE.

God loves you and He proved His love by sending His only son to die for your sins so you can have an eternal life. It is already done. Now it is your turn to accept the free gift and reap an eternal life of hope and peace

Hold on to this promise of God’s faithful love for you. He has already EMBRACED YOU AS HIS VERY OWN

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture

They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

Romans 8:36-39

Stay Blessed in Him