2021_07_23 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Luke 3-4
Submission is not a word that sounds attractive to us. To submit is 'to yield oneself to the authority or will of another: Surrender' (Miriam Webster). When we became believers in Christ Jesus we submitted. We gave up our rights and yielded to God as our authority. And we did it gladly. All this would sound a little oppressive, unless the God we serve is for us. He loves us and delights in us and he knows who we could become under his Lordship. Our identity is no longer wrapped in ourselves, but by submitting to God's will we find our true nature. “He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30.
Today's reading in Luke 4 tells of Jesus being tempted by satan. Jesus had just been baptized by John in the Jordan river and the voice of his Father affirms his identity “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22. The Holy Spirit descends on Jesus and he is led into the wilderness by the Spirit. For 40 days Jesus eats no food and is tempted by the devil. Being particularly weak, Jesus could have given in to satan and yielded to him. Jesus overcomes the enemy by speaking the truth of God's word and therefore the truth about himself and his mission.
The three temptations that the enemy presents to Jesus are ones we are confronted with again and again. Daily we can be tempted to be relevant, be powerful and be spectacular (Nouwen 2007). Satan will look for an opportune time to deceive us, but every time we say no to the enemy's seduction, we are saying yes to God. Every temptation is chance to die to ourselves and find our true nature in Christ. And that's where we will find abundant life.
Time of Prayer
What is your greatest temptation right now? Tell Jesus about it. Tell him of your struggle and your desire to overcome it. Ask him to give you strength. Ask him to show you a scripture to stand firm on when temptation comes. Thank God for winning this battle for you. In Jesus name.
Prayer Team Lead
“Submit.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, 2021. Web July 23 2021.
Nouwen, Henri J.M. "Temptation: The Lure of Upward Mobility." The Selfless Way of Christ: Downward Mobility and the Spiritual Life. Maryknoll N.Y: Orbis, 2007