Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Last night I was reading to Alexandra from The Jesus Storybook Bible,

In the desert, Jesus thought about the Secret Rescue Plan he had made with God. Before the foundation of the world, they both knew what would have to happen. To rescue God's children, Jesus would have to die. There was no other way. It was the reason he had come.

Now, that old enemy - the one who have spoken through the snake to Adam and Eve, back in the garden, remember him? - he didn't want Jesus to rescue God's people. So he lied to Jesus. "Are you really God's own Son?" he whispered. "Poor you. God must not love you. You don't need to die. Do it my way. Yes and - "

In this children's version, Jesus interrupts the enemy and says,

"No!" Jesus said to the liar. "I will do what God says."

And from that moment on, nothing would ever be the same.

Jesus wasn't like Adam. Jesus was a new kind of man. He would not believe the terrible lie that the enemy spoke. Jesus knew God loved him. And he would trust God. No matter what.

Jesus knew what the plan was. He knew who He was. He knew He was loved. He knew who He could trust.

The Amplified Bible has Jesus responses to the enemy in the desert as,

But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4 AMP

Question, when the enemy whispers to us, what are we responding with? Is it God's word, His truth for our lives?

.Jesus said to him, On the other hand, it is written also, You shall not tempt, test thoroughly, or try exceedingly the Lord your God. Matthew 4:7 AMP

Question, when the enemy whispers to us, are we standing and trusting God?

Then Jesus said to him, Begone Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve. Matthew 4:10 AMP

Question, when the enemy whispers to us, are we keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus and using the authority we have in Him?

Today, let's remember who we are in Christ, and stand on the truth of John 10:10,

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy.

But Jesus came ...

I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

Today, let's choose to respond to the enemy's whispers as Jesus did ....

"No!" Jesus said to the liar. "I will do what God says."

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