The Bible says: "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (vv. 8-10). Paraphrased: Satan said to Jesus, "If you serve me I'll help you rise to the top." When your ultimate ambition is to glorify God, you're being led by God. But when your ultimate ambition is to glorify yourself, you're being led by Satan. And he'll appeal to your pride, for pride is at the very core of his being. His fall from the number-two spot in heaven was preceded by these lofty aspirations: "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." (Isaiah 14:13-14). Satan wants to take God's place, but God isn't moving. Satan covets God's throne, but God isn't abdicating. Satan wants to win you to his side, but God will never let you go. The truth is: You can't defeat Satan in your own strength, but you don't have to. The Bible says, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16).
"My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever." (Psalm 73:26)
Despite the constant weakness born about in our human frailty, the Lord is the strength of they who call Him Father. Though men are doomed to fail when pressing forth in their own strength, God is always faithful to present His children with the vigor needed to reign as princes in the heavenly kingdom. Trust upon Him! Look to His power! Seek His kingdom before your own! Glory in His promise to love and protect you as His bride!
Week #45 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Deuteronomy 1-3
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 33-36
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 128-130
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 5-6
Thursday: (Prophecy) Haggai
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 13-14
Saturday: (Letters) 1 Peter 1-3