Hello folks and welcome back. Here's a picture of my Bible with the verses highlighted that I want to keep in mind. Also is a picture of this month's bookmark. You can't see from the picture but on the back, I have written the names of all you ladies who are following this blog, to help me to remember to pray for each one of you. Hey girls, don't you just love the little hearts to colour in?!!!
Today we are looking at Matthew 4, where the Lord Jesus Christ was taken into the wilderness and tempted by Satan. Isn't it wonderful to know that our pure and blessed Saviour knows what it is to be tempted? He knows criticize us for being tempted because this in itself is not sinful; the problem lies in our giving in to temptation.
Look at verses 4, 7 and 10 and the words that are repeated here - "It is written".
Have you ever wondered how you can really live a life of victory, not giving in to sin? I'm sure we can all say 'yes' to this question. Usually, when we sin, afterwards we feel worthless and defeated, especially if it's a particular sin that we struggle with more often than any other. People have said that they try to overcome a certain sin but it just keeps getting the better of them.
Firstly, I would say, we need to have the DESIRE to overcome sin. If there's no will, then there's no way.
But secondly, and most importantly, is to KNOW the word of God. This is how Jesus overcame the devil. Even though Christ was physically weak, He was spiritually strong. He knew that to overcome Satan and his temptations, the only sure response was the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12, 'For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword'. This is your weapon in the face of temptation and Satan has no power against it. This is why you need to soak yourself in the Bible and all its precious truths - get to know them, learn them, seek out what they mean and how they relate to your life. This is one of the reasons I encourage you, and myself, to learn these verses every weak - to get God's Word into your heart! If you go to your church's children's meeting, you'll probably find that the children are taught a Scripture verse every week. This is to help get the Word into their hearts for when they are out in the world the rest of the week or if they aren't yet saved. We are God's children and we need to learn and memorize His Word too for times of testing and temptation.
- Ask the Lord to keep you from sin and avoid it when you can
- If and when you sin, confess it to Him immediately and He will restore your soul
- Ask Him to help you concentrate on His Word when you're reading it and to memorize the verses
Hugs Karen x