Day 4 Bible Reading: Luke 4:1-44
Focus Scripture: Luke 4:13 When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.
You’ve been offered a promotion! Not by the CEO, but by the liaison to the head of your division. This very attractive offer includes six weeks paid vacation, a large sign on bonus, and an increased salary. What’s the catch? 1. You forfeit future promotions. 2. You are employable as long as the liaison holds his position. 3. No benefits upon retiring or dismissal. This opportunity comes at the opportune time; because you are hungry, literally. You are barely surviving, your car is running on fumes, the mortgage is late, and the utilities are about to be turned off…again. You want to say yes but this career path terminates advancement and freedom to explore other options. What will you do about retirement?
(Luke 4:1-13) Our temptations don’t always have a ‘too good to be true’ element but when we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts, we are able to understand the fine print of every decision we make. Jesus said no to Satan even in His weakened state of hunger. He had fasted and prayed for forty days and Satan came to Him. (Luke 4:1 If you have ever engaged in a fast you understand the rewarding and clarifying spiritual depth you can experience.) When we think our testing is over and relax , we may be hit with more. This is endurance. How quickly will we fold under pressure? How long can we stand firm in our faith and devotion to God before we cave in to Satan’s schemes? For some of us Satan may not have to do much. Our routines, the people we seek advice from, or our prideful mindsets will do the work for him. Satan’s way of convincing us is to be too distracted to seek the Holy Spirit for guidance. This may be in the form of our negative emotional mindsets, our competitive nature, or our desire to think we accomplished milestones all by ourselves.
Satan will give up but he will come back. How he finds us will dictate how well we can handle the temptations he hurls at us. Don’t allow him to ruin your relationships, steal your joy, or create unnecessary competition between you and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We have proof of a living God that cares deeply for us. Let us submit to His will and grow in His kingdom.
Facebook Group Questions:
- When I’m in a moment of weakness what strengthens me?
- What do I allow Satan to have dominion over in my life?
- What am I in constant battle with?
A Few Points
- Luke 4:1-13 Jesus is lead into the wilderness to battle. Battle against His flesh and against Satan.
- Luke 4:14-15 Jesus goes about His Father’s business.
- Luke 4:16-22 Jesus is rejected in His home town of Nazareth, the people are angered by his words. A prophecy is fulfilled in His proclamation to deliver salvation to all people.
- Luke 4:31-37 Jesus continues His ministry and quickly rebukes unclean spirits that recognized Him as the Messiah rendering them silent.
- Luke 4:38-41 Jesus heals Peter’s Mother-in-Law and countless others, all that were brought to Him were healed.
- Luke 4:42-44 Jesus travels throughout Galilee preaching the kingdom of God, to fulfill His purpose.