The Bible says, "Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." (vv. 5-7). Notice, Satan will misquote the Scriptures. So when you do battle with him you need to be able to say as Jesus did, "The Scriptures also say." Jesus defeated Satan by using Scripture correctly—and that's a secret Satan hopes you never discover. So arm yourself with God's Word. Load your pistol with Scriptures and keep your finger on the trigger. Notice where this temptation took place: in church [the temple]! "If you are the Son of God, jump off!" In church, of all places, Satan will urge you to do tricks, impress others with your service, make a show of your faith, call attention to your good deeds, and manipulate your way into a position of prominence. God has called you to be a servant, not a star. Kneel, don't strut. ". . . for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:" (1 Peter 5:5-6). When Satan told Jesus to jump into the arms of God, Jesus refused. Not because God wouldn't catch Him, but because He didn't have to prove anything to anyone, much less the Devil. And you don't either.
"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." (1 John 5:11)
My Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank you for Your magnificent gift of eternal life. Thank you for sending Your Son to pay the penalty for our sins. We praise You for this wonderful gift that You have given to us, Your undeserving people!
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