Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thoughts from Matthew 4

Slowly reading through the Bible one chapter a day gives me a lot more time to carefully consider what I am reading. Today in my Good Morning Girls Bible Study we read Matthew 4.

Jesus has just been baptized by John in the Jordan River in the previous chapter. God the Father has displayed His approval of His Son and sent His Spirit down upon Him.

But before Jesus starts His earthly ministry, He makes a visit to the wilderness. After 40 days and nights of fasting and prayer, Jesus' fleshly body is extremely weak and hungry.

At this time of weakness is when Satan comes to Him. Using twisted distortions of the Word of God, he tries to get Jesus to sin. But Jesus answers Satan wisely.

It may seem strange for us to think that Satan also knows and uses tge Word of God! He will often twist it, distort it, take it out of context, and try to make it seem to fit his evil agenda. If we are not well studied with much prayer, we could easily fall for this tactic and end up in deep trouble. We must, as Jesus did, "rightly divide the Word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)

After emerging victorious from His temptations in the wilderness, Jesus begins His earthly ministry. He starts calling His disciples.

I was challenged when I read about Peter, Andrew, James, & John. As soon as they received Jesus' call they immediately dropped what they were doing and followed Him. No questions, no bargains, just quick obedience.

Let's talk about it!

1.) How can you resist temptation?

2.) Do you immediately drop everything and go when God calls you to a task?

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