Luke | If you are God’s child …

Jesus’ resistance to the devil is grounded in knowing himself beloved. (Listen.)

*If.* It’s a very small word with a very big weight, and I hear it all the time. If only I prayed hard enough … If I were a good enough Christian … If I read my Bible more … If I just tried harder … If I really trusted God … How many times have I heard some iteration of this, sometimes from the people I listen to, sometimes within my own head? Continue reading “Luke | If you are God’s child …”

#5: Resist temptation: #40ways40days

[After his baptism,] Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was thrown by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’’ (Luke 4:1-4)

 Growing up with fairly strong teachings on Sin and Hell, I formed a view that Temptation was something to be Resisted. Take the narrow path to the narrow door, even though it may look harder, and all that. Our life was a pilgrim’s progress and when I came across temptations the key to resisting them was a special combination of will-power and prayer. Simple. Continue reading “#5: Resist temptation: #40ways40days”

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