The beginning of Luke chapter 4 describes Jesus being tested by the devil. Three times Satan tempts Him, and three times Jesus responds with something from the Bible.
In our Bible study this week, I was impressed that we also need to know the Bible! By knowing the truth and holding fast to the facts and promises in the Word, we can stand in the midst of the attacks of the enemy.
Secondly, I'm so thankful that the Lord passed through this as a man. As the Son of God, He could have easily passed this test as the all-powerful God. But He specifically chose to do so as a man, yet still defeating the enemy. What a victory! And not only so, but this wonderful Person is living inside of us! So whenever you feel unable to face the temptations and storms that come up in your life, stand on this fact: we have the life of Jesus, the victorious and triumphant God-man!
I'm hurt and in pain; Give me space for healing and mountain air. Let me shout God's name with praising song, let me tell his greatness in a prayer of thanks. For God, this is better than oxen on the altar, far better than blue-ribbon bulls. The poor in spirit see and are glad - oh, you God-seekers, take heart!
These are the verses that got me through the past couple of weeks. There are times when life makes us feel like we are at the mountain top, but there are also times when it is a sacrifice to praise God. We shouldn't need a reason to praise our God except for the fact that we love Him. "Lord, we praise You!" These should be the words coming from our lips regardless of any situation we're in and these words are really all we need to bring ourselves closer to God.
This week I have come to appreciate 2 Corinthians 4:7, which is "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us." Do you know what this treasure is?
The past week has been rough for me because I felt very loaded with school work and personal items, and I felt like I was doing what will make me happy and satisfied. But by the end of the week, I felt very dry and tired inside. Somehow I couldn't feel happy at all. Then I read this verse and came to realize that I am but an earthen vessel, but there's a treasure inside of me, and that's our Lord Jesus! I was made to be a vessel, a container, to contain Him - our treasure!!
It makes me so happy when I see that the Lord is our treasure. When I am tired, He is my rest. When I am troubled, He is my calm. Even though I did not realize I needed comfort, He was also my comfort this past week. He makes me so satisfied.
“I have heard You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You;” (NASB) I read this verse this week through sighs of stress as I drowned in homework. I really only picked up my devotional so that I could inwardly feel better. Like the bible as medicine for my inward turmoil. But I didn’t expect much else.
So I opened to this verse and prayed over it, and tried to really take it in, like what Jeremiah says in Jer. 15:16 “Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;..” (NASB)
It was really good and I was impressed that this verse existed, so I looked at the verse reference, and saw that Job had said this. Now I’m not a bible genius, but I noticed that he’s not saying this in chapter 1 verse 1 where his life is still roses and dandelions. He’s saying this in chapter 42, after his sufferings.
In sufferings it's easy to come to God for a solution. In my case it was for a feeling of rest in the midst of my stress. But the goal is not relief from a situation. It is "But now my eye sees You."
My prayer shouldn't be "Lord save me from this" as much as it is "Lord use this to show me You. Lord Jesus, I love You. I've heard You but Lord, I want to see You." He is our goal.
This morning, as I was catching up on my Bible reading, I came across this verse: Matthew 14:19, “ And after commanding the crowd to recline on the grass, He took five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowds.”
I have read this many times before in the past, but I never understood how the Lord was able to feed thousands of people with just five loaves. It seems impossible! But recently I have been reading a book by Witness Lee, called The All-inclusive Christ, and in this book it talks about this particular verse, and why it was possible for Jesus to feed the five thousand. The main point in the passage is this: barley represents the resurrected Christ. A short quote from a passage in the book says:
“There was enough to feed five thousand, not counting the women and children, and the remains alone—twelve baskets full—were more than the original five loaves. This is barley. This is Christ in his resurrection. Christ in His resurrection can never be limited.”
Praise the Lord that we have such a life in us. We have the unlimited resurrected Christ living in us. Even though many outward things may limit us—school, work, activities—but we have the unlimited and rich Christ in us! Like what it says in the Bible, at the end of the day there was even more loaves than the original five. Not only is there enough supply of His riches for us for our daily living, there is an abundance of supply!
This week as we start a new week of school, remember that we have a rich, unlimited Christ living inside of us. Praise the Lord!
I have been consistently reading the Bible every morning right when I wake up, feeding myself with the Lord's words to start my day. This morning, John 15:12-13 especially stood out to me. "This is my commandment, that you love one another even as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." Wow. I am reminded yet again of the Lord's everlasting love for us through His dying on the cross. This verse reminded me that when we go through difficult situations out of our control, we often feel small, vulnerable, and powerless. But Hallelujah! The Lord will take care of us because of His infinite love for us. Keep this in mind as you go through the rest of your day. This reassurance will not only strengthen your relationship with the Lord, but also with the other believers around you.