Monthly devotion
July 2008


The Scripture:

Matthew 4:1

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Our thoughts:

Many times in our lives we are tempted to do things that we should not. We see all of the sex, money, and fame that this world has to offer. We must hold strong and realize that these things are only temporary. Our lives are short and the question we must ask ourselves is what happens then. Is it worth risking an eternity with God just for a good time now? Jesus was tempted by the very Devil himself but what did he ultimately do? He said "Get thee hence, Satan:" or get behind me. He did not allow the Devil to come between himself and the will of God and neither should we.

Our prayer for you:

Dear Lord, Please help us to not be overcome by the temptations of the Devil. Help us to have the strength to stand up to Satan as Jesus did. Help us to not accept the sins of this world but to focus on you, your love, and your will. Give us the strength that we need to overcome the Devil when he tries to tempt us. This is our prayer. Amen.



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