Friday, April 29 2016
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread." Luke 4:1-3
If? Was there any doubt who the Son of the living God was? Jesus had just been baptized in the Jordan river by John the baptist, the heavens opened and His Father spoke to Him in an audible voice and said to Him, "You are My beloved Son in You I am well pleased," and then the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form and He was filled with the Spirit!
As Jesus completed His fast for forty days in the wilderness and being in a weakened state became hungry, the devil approached Him thinking he could gain an advantage and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God." What audacity to think that he could convince Jesus to doubt who He was and to whom He belonged, but that's the nature of the beast. If He would attempt that with the Son of God, what do you think he will try on you?
Everyone questions their existence, who they are, why they were created, for what purpose and by whom, and many struggle for an answer. Best sellers like the Purpose Driven Life and Search for Significance flew off the shelf because people want to know who they are! If you are a born again, Spirit filled believer, the New Testament scriptures reveal to us who we are in Christ and the life we lived according to the world and the flesh doesn't matter anymore because we have died and our new lives are hidden in Christ!
We are sons and daughters of the Most High God, the very righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, strengthened with all might according to His glorious power. As Jesus is in the world so are we, having the same power in us that raised Him from the dead! When the devil comes to you with the question and says, "If you are a son or daughter of God." Tell him to take a hike and hit the road because like Christ you belong to the Father of lights, the great I Am!
"I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin