3/23 Temptation: Fight Back
Rise and Shine Cornerstone and learn how we can defend ourselves from the attack of the enemy on today's episode.
REFLECTION VERSE: For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Heb 4:12 (NLT)
One of the things that we noticed when we look at how Jesus and John both face their temptation to pull off course was that each of them did something is often under-appreciated. I know it’s usually talked more about with Jesus that when He was confronting the evil one He used the word of God. He quoted “It is written…” and then He would use the passages of scripture as a way of defending Himself against the onslaught that was being thrown at Him.
But it's also true of John. He quoted when he was being tempted to receive the glory, he quoted from the Book of Isaiah, declaring that he was only the forerunner not the one who was to be the focus. In each case we're reminded that when it comes to facing difficult places in our lives, where we are feeling tempted to move off course, or to pursue a pathway that we know is not going to be what God wants, that that's when we can pull upon our knowledge of His word.
The Scripture says “Your word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you.” There is power in the world, in the “It is written...” To be able to reinforce that on a daily basis is part of why we've been doing Rise and Shine. We want the words and the concepts of God to be deeply embedded into our heart, so that when we really need them, the cupboard isn't empty. It has life in it.
There’s the ability to pull off and to be strengthened and to be able to use God's words as a tool, as a as a weapon if you will, for fighting the good fight of faith that God called us unto and into. Lord help us to stay close to your word. Let's get to His house tomorrow and hear His words. That's our prayer in Jesus name.