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:) Jesus Faced Temptation

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

Scripture tells us that after his baptism, Jesus was led out into the wilderness for forty days where he was tempted by Satan.  This is the story we are looking at today. I chose the version of this story from Luke 4:1-14, NIV (New International Version).

1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them, he was hungry.

3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’[b]

5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[c]

9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[d]

12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[e]

13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. –

  • — Luke 4:1-13 NIV (New International Version)
    • Access: from Bible Gateway.com

We all find ourselves in a spiritual wilderness at times when we are forced to answer the hard questions.  Do we trust God to provide for us? Do we worship the gods of this world, money and power or do we worship God?  Do we sometimes test God because we do not trust his provision?

I must confess that I do not always pass these tests when presented to me in my life. I worry about lack, not having enough to survive.  I sometimes find myself starting to get sucked into the worldly quest for money and power.

That is why it is so important for us to read the Gospels.  To once again hear the words of Jesus because we all know that as in this story, and in our lives today, temptation doesn’t go away because we resist it once. It will wait “until an opportune time” and try again.

So as we look at the life and words of Jesus who came to be the great example not the great exception we are each called to turn within and ask ourselves those hard questions.  Who or what do I trust? Who or what do I serve? God? Or the wealth, power or political, social and religious leaders of this world?

 

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Question to Ponder

In what ways are you tempted by wealth and power?

Eat Well to Live Well

I used to hang out online with people who were trying to be live frugally.  I always thought I could pinch a penny till it squealed, but some of these people were extreme in their methods as well as the beliefs that were driving them to save as much and spend as little as possible.  Those groups and I eventually parted ways and the general attitude toward food was a major reason.  Many believed it doesn’t matter what you eat and food was an area where you could really cut your spending.

If you know me at all you know I am all about health and wellness.  I do have a budget.  I do make a shopping list while checking the grocery ads.  I’m the person who stands in the grocery aisles actually doing the math trying to figure out the best deal.  But our budget is built realistically to purchase fresh fruits and veggies, minimally processed meats and other healthy, naturally gluten free foods.  This comes from our belief that you can spend money on healthy food or you can spend money on doctors.  We prefer to spend on food.

In addition to my other responsibilities I am essentially a homemaker, making a safe and healthy home for Bob and I.  Grocery shopping, meal planning and cooking are part of my “job.”  And, strange as this may sound in todays world, I actually like to cook.  So taking the time needed to cook from scratch instead of grabbing convenience foods is something I don’t mind doing.  At least most of the time.  When my other responsibilities are piling up and I barely have time to breathe I do mind and the crock pot gets called into service.

So why am I talking about all this now?  Well it’s January, and the beginning of a new year is a time when people seem to be talking, thinking and planning about food.  Many resolutions will be food or weight related.  Others will be looking at ways to save money and cut the budget.

While all this is going on there are a few things I would like you to consider:

  1. Food is fuel.  If the body does not have adequate, quality fuel it will not function properly.
  2. Staying healthy saves not only on doctor bills, lost time from work but also on pain and suffering.
  3. If you really do want to lose weight ask your healthcare professional to help you come up with healthy, reasonable plan.  Don’t be taken in by all the fad diets and cleanses being promoted this time of year.
  4. Don’t forget to move.  Get up out of your chair, walk, climb stairs, play with the kids, dance, whatever strikes your fancy, just move.
  5. Remember the phrase “all things in moderation.”  You will pay for that starvation diet and obsessive physical training later  — with your health.  Those things are not sustainable and never last anyway.
  6. Remember being healthy is a way of life.  Find a balanced lifestyle plan that works for you and live it.

Are we Misusing the Law of Attraction?

Everywhere we turn today someone is talking about the Law of Attraction, a universal law that in a nutshell says that what we put out into the universe comes back to us.  It works for anyone  regardless of intent and can be used for good or evil.

The Law of Attraction applies to all of life, not just money.   I see the current emphasis on using this universal law for financial gain as a dangerous game causing people to feel inadequate and see themselves as failures if they do not have lots of money.  How many blog posts focus on financial success and perceived moral failings of those who do not achieve it?  Do we really believe  wonderful, caring, creative people who use their gifts to help others without focusing on accumulating personal wealth are failures?

In the Christian Scriptures we are promised our needs will be provided, not that we will have unimaginable material wealth.  In our mad search for “success” and wealth have we lost track of what really matters?  How many families have suffered?  How many children lose their way because parents are too busy working to teach and care for them?  How many see faith as how much money they give to the church rather than how much time they spend with the Creator?

Search your heart, pray, meditate and set your priorities.  Dare to be different.  Dare to care about others more than becoming a millionaire.  Do what you love and the money will follow.