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Day 7 – Issue 17

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Be Still Know

Luke 4:3 NLT

Then the devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.’

Today to suggest that the devil might have a personality can raise an eyebrow or two. Many have reduced the title to little more than a metaphor for what lies behind all that’s bad in our world. Such reductionism is dangerous, and here the devil is clearly the personification of evil. The devil speaks to Jesus; the devil leads Jesus towards challenges that threaten the very purpose of his mission.

Not only is the devil the personification of evil, he is also subtle in his approach. 1 Peter 5:8 describes him as a roaring lion prowling around looking for a meal. In other words, he’s dangerous and seeks to consume us. None of us is spiritually secure from the devil’s assault. How is it that so many dynamic, faithful pastors have fallen head first into the arms of an adulterous relationship? How blind we are when mesmerised by our adversary and ourselves.

Jesus invites us to have open ears to listen and eyes scanning the horizon for any lion attack. We are to be vigilant, never assuming that the quality of our spiritual life or the extent of our ministry in some way protects us from Satan’s sudden and violent assault. Jesus could not prevent the devil from tempting him, and the very language of these temptations reveals just how graphic they were. Jesus could see the full consequences of falling to the tempter’s invitation. This was not simply a thought easily dismissed. It was a complete scenario in which Jesus saw how he would have apparently triumphed in his own glory.

Temptation always offers a sweetened future. Gazing into an as-yet unrealised reality, we fail to consider both the obvious as well as the unintended consequences of sin. Sin damages relationships, undermines trust and creates a growing sense of inner turmoil, even self-revulsion. Living with the long-term consequences is tortuous. However, God’s grace for our humanity means that we have a way to pull back from sin, demolishing the temptation, and where we have fallen, finding forgiveness and grace, despite the grave consequences we’re forced to live with because of our sin.

QUESTION: What have some of the consequences of sin been in your life?

PRAYER: Lord, unveil my eyes to see the true ugliness of sin. Amen.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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