Breaking Bread For 12.2.21

Scripture

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 

Matthew 4:1-3 HCSB

Reflection

Don’t ever let the enemy convince you that you need to prove anything. Rebuke it and keep moving. That’s how the enemy got Adam and Eve. Don’t consume the apple to prove God is right or wrong, or even to satisfy your curiosity or worse, your ego. God said don’t eat the apple. That’s supposed to be good enough. God said fast, meditate, and pray—then that is what you’re to do, don’t be lured into doing something else. It’s a trap that will leave you calling out for the only Source that can free you, God.

God sent Jesus to handle some tasks that He delegated to him. Jesus obediently executed those tasks with perfection, with no deviation, and he was rewarded accordingly. The flesh is weak so it must be tested to be molded and refined. Forty days and 40 nights will definitely test you, especially if you were eating to fullness before the fast. In our weakened state we crave what we lack. The enemy knows this and tries to play with your mind. We learn a lot from Jesus. He didn’t let hunger, pain, isolation, fear, frustration, pride, or ego to get in the way out of his mission.

God said, so Jesus did. Period.

God said you are His child and nothing and no one can come between your relationship with Him, and His love for you. That should be good enough. Don’t test it.

When you know who you are and to Whom you belong, you don’t have to prove it. You don’t have to prove God’s love for you and favor on you. When someone tells you to prove it, they’re trying to be “nickel slick” as the saying goes. They’re trying to test God through you. They’re being pimped out by the enemy, doing his work, and possibly not knowing it. Don’t even give them a leg to stand on. Don’t entertain and fuel the enemy’s delusions. Don’t give them your time and energy. Just end the conversation and continue about your day, with them far behind you. There’s peace in walking away.

Prayer

Father, I pray for the strength, discernment, courage, and faith to see the enemy for what it is and to not be deceived, encouraged, enticed, lured, trapped, or manipulated into following it or falling into its ways. Let me identify all of the ways and through all of the people that the enemy works diligently to create chaos and confusion in my life. Let me rebuke it each time my attention is caught. In Your Name I pray and give thanks. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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