His Word is a sword to use in spiritual combat

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, March 12, 2017

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Today’s scripture reading:

Jesus was able to resist all of the Devil’s temptations because he not only knew Scripture, but he also obeyed it. Ephesians 6:17 says that [God’s] His Word is a sword to use in spiritual combat. Knowing Bible verses is an important step in helping us resist the Devil’s attacks, but we must also obey the Bible. Note that Satan had memorized Scripture, but he failed to obey it. Knowing and obeying the Bible helps us follow God’s desires rather than the Devil’s. (NLT)

Matthew 4:1-11 – Then Jesus was led out into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted there by the Devil. For forty days and forty nights he ate nothing and became very hungry. Then the Devil came and said t him, “If you are the Son of God, change these stones into loaves of bread.”

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life, they must feed on every word of God.’”

Then the Devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He orders his angels to protect you. And they will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.’”

Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘Do not test the Lord your God.’”

Next the Devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the nations of the world and all their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will only kneel down and worship me.”

“Get out of here, Satan.” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God; serve only him.’”

Then the Devil went away, and angels came and cared for Jesus.

My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. –Isaiah 55:8 (NRSV)

Here is a portion of Adam Weber’s (South Dakota) story:

“I tend to be a slow learner, and I also tend to think that I know what’s best. . . . Now as an adult, I sometimes do what I want to do instead of listening to God. Even after countless times of being left broken, hurt, or empty as a result of listening only to myself, I still struggle to obey God.

“. . . Today, we may be tempted to cut corners at work or to lower our standards in relationships or to shirk our commitments instead of being faithful. We are often tempted to do what we think is easier instead of listening to God.

“Even though I am still a slow learner, I have come to realize that no matter how much sense my ways make, they always lead to brokenness. When we follow God’s ways, life may not be easier but the result is always better. God’s ways lead to wholeness and life every time.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY ­– Today I will rely on God instead of myself.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to remember your ways and follow them. Amen.

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE STRUGGLING TO FOLLLOW GOD

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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