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2017.03.05 – First Sunday of Lent – Temptation of Christ

“2017.03.05 – First Sunday of Lent – Temptation of Christ”

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Not All Valleys are “of the Devil”

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matt. 4:1)

Not every trial, not every test, can be blamed on the devil. The Lord can put us in tough situations to bring testing, to put fire to our faith… to forge the steel of faith in our lives.

It is never comfortable, but when the Lord brings the fire, it is always necessary.

The fire of testing can be used, like with the wilderness experience, to prepare for what is next.

We need to learn from the tests in our lives rather than try and move them off quickly and claim victory over the devil.

We are all capable

C.S. Lewis said the person sitting on the bus next to us is capable of extraordinary horror or extraordinary heroics. This is the battle we all face.

This is what the disciples faced on the night Jesus was betrayed. They didn’t know who would betray Jesus. Then, Peter, big mouth that he was, declared his death-defying allegiance to Jesus. He ran like a scared little girl when accused by a slave girl of being with Jesus.

We must deal with the darkness inside of us before we know the light that is there as well. We need to face up to our horrendous possibilities to have Jesus step in and empower us to be heroic.

We need the strength of the Spirit. It is a new day. We live in resurrection. But that doesn’t mean we don’t falter.

 37 He came and found them sleeping. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you stay alert for one hour? 38 Stay alert and pray so that you won’t give in to temptation. The spirit is eager, but the flesh is weak.”(Mark 14:37-38, CEB)

Give us strength, O Lord, to follow you!