Monday, December 7, 2009

Κύριος Notes:Dialogue with the Devil (Part One)


Good Morning Lord Jesus
The early morning finds me thinking of you
Be close in this day.
Lead my thoughts, my feelings and my actions in this day.
Make of me and this day what would be pleasing to you.

Scripture Reflection:Matthew 4

1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

Lord Jesus--It seems like there is something that is written right into the fabric of the space and time of this world that when ever there is great insight and grace, there is challenge and temptation that is just around the corner. You had just seen John and been baptized by him with the validation of the Father's word.

2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

As you fasted and prayed you knew that the tempter was on his way. You knew why you were fact the fasting and the prayer was not so a point of weakness as one of strength. That is just the way the tempter works. The very points of strength he would deceive us into believing are weaknesses. you were hungry and weakened from the forty days of fasting and it was the direction and will of God for you to be there. Hunger was a part of the will of God for your life at that point. It was the preparation needed to have a dialogue with the Devil.

3The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." 4Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

So Lord Jesus did you mean it literally that we live not by the food that we take in our belly's but by the word that we take into our hearts.

Acts 17:28 For in him we live and move and have our being.

Makes a lot more sense when I look at it from the perspective of grace lived out in the everyday of temptation, testing and the centrality of role of the word of God in my experience. So even eating takes place within your scope and will for life...or in this case the cession of eating.
Lord Jesus help me to see the need of following in a way that brings into sharp contrast you grace lived out in the everyday.

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