The Word of God
Today’s Reading: Luke 4
Key Verse: Luke 4:4
But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”
We can be sure that Satan will tempt each one of us. We need to learn the strategy of spiritual warfare employed by Jesus:
(1) He was filled with the Holy Spirit;
(2) He was filled with the Word of God;
(3) He was protected by the armor of God (Eph. 6:10-17);
(4) He was constantly in prayer (Eph. 6:18).
Remember that Jesus never used His 100% God essence to help Himself. He lived His life as 100% Man; a Man filled with the Word and the Spirit. Psalm 119:11 reads, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Reading the Scriptures alone is not sufficient to overcome temptation. God’s Word must move into our minds and hearts. Pray as you read and ask the Holy Spirit to write that Word on our hearts and minds. Meditate on that Word throughout the day. Quote the Word in our prayers. Share that Word with someone else. Victory over Satan is ours. Amen!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I praise and worship You! You are victorious over the world, the flesh, and the Devil. I know that You live in me, and therefore I am more than a conqueror too. I pray for Your 24/7 grace to overcome the temptation that Satan brings. Fill me now and always with Your Word and Your Spirit. Praise Your Holy Name! You are “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6). Amen and Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
As I continue to praise God, I am filled with His Spirit. My new day is off to a great start, and by being conscious of His constant presence, my entire day is blessed. My bible college days were important, not only in preparation for future ministry, but also for the daily experience of God’s Presence. Rev. Griffin was one of my teachers. He taught the first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch). Somewhere in Leviticus, it can get very dry apart from the presence of God. Before starting to teach, Rev. Griffin would quietly begin to pray out loud. He would say with such reverence, “Father.” Then he would pause. I would sense the presence of God moving into the classroom. I weep now as I think of how this man carried God’s Presence in such a way as to open my heart and mind to God’s Word.
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