When Jesus spoke His mission statement in that Nazareth synagogue, it was shortly after He returned from one of the most intense spiritual battles recorded in Scripture. (pg. 61)
“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 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. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” 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. 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.”‘ Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. (Luke 4:1-13)
This happened right after He was baptized in the river Jordan by John the baptist, and right before His mission statement in Luke 4:18-21. What I love about the story of when Jesus was tempted is that He always brought everything back to the Word of God.
We might underestimate the difficulty of this trial; after all, Jesus is the Son of God. But He was also fully human, and He experienced all that mankind might experience. (pg. 62)
When the church hurts your heart, is it from religious abuse? or is it people that your hurt by?
Because if it is religious abuse Jesus shows us that we need to know God’s Word in order to overcome it. “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11)
This is good for being able to tell if what you are hearing from the pulpit or Sunday school class is really from God or not. Same goes for if people are the ones that hurt your heart in church. By knowing who God says you are in Him. His Word tells us all throughout the Bible how He sees us and who we are to Him.
Who does He say you are?
“So God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:27) His children Loved by Him Beautifully and wonderfully made. “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
His Word is what leads us back to Him. The Holy Spirit guides us with God’s Word as our map, to find the truth in the midst of the lies of religious abuse and the ones we tell ourselves.
(The Mended Heart by Suzanne Eller. Chapter 3 Pages 61-62.)
Hope y’all have been encourage from todays devotional. I had a bit of a hard time knowing what to write for today. So sorry that I didn’t have it ready for the post yesterday. I will post tomorrow because of missing Monday.
~Till Tomorrow Then~