Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Learn Your Lines!

For forty days Jesus was tested by the devil, and during that time he went without eating. When it was all over, he was hungry.  The devil said to Jesus, "If you are God's Son, tell this stone to turn into bread."  Jesus answered, "The Scriptures say, 'No one can live only on food.' "  Then the devil led Jesus up to a high place and quickly showed him all the nations on earth.  The devil said, "I will give all this power and glory to you. It has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.  Just worship me, and you can have it all."  Jesus answered, "The Scriptures say: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!' "  Finally, the devil took Jesus to Jerusalem and had him stand on top of the temple. The devil said, "If you are God's Son, jump off.  The Scriptures say: 'God will tell his angels to take care of you.  They will catch you in their arms, and you will not hurt your feet on the stones.' "  Jesus answered, "The Scriptures also say,'Don't try to test the Lord your God!'"

Luke 4: 2 - 12

If you try to respond to temptation in your life without quoting scripture, then you are not following the example of Jesus!

Certainly, Jesus could have answered the Devil without referring to Words from the Bible, but He chose to “read the script” of how to respond to Satan!  

Perhaps the most practical reason for memorizing scripture is to arm your heart and mind with the Words you will need when temptation comes!  Then you, like Jesus can withstand the onslaught of the Devil.  So before you go “on stage” in a performance where the Evil One has been practicing his lines since the days of the Garden of Eden, learn your lines.  Those lines are all in the Bible and need to be in your heart and mind before the hour of temptation comes!  

The Bible tells you to “let the Word of God dwell in you richly.”  Prepare your heart for the temptation that is sure to come by filling it up with God’s Word!  Then, you will not be deceived by the lies of Satan!

“Lord Jesus, help me to learn the Script that I will need when temptation comes.  Teach me more today of Your precious Word.  And may You, Jesus be praised forever.  Amen.”

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