Before we start looking at today’s devotional, can I just let you know that I have the privilege of guest blogging over on MumsKidsJesus today.
Reflections based on Matthew 4:1–11.
‘Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’
We are told here that Jesus had just fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, and that He was hungry. What understatement! Then Satan came to tempt him with things to ease his discomfort. If Satan used this method with Jesus he will certainly try it with us! Sometimes our everyday worship is simply about standing strong against our enemy, refusing to give in to temptation.
Look how Satan even used scripture to try to catch Jesus out, but Jesus was able to quote portions back at him. It is important that we know our Bibles well enough that we aren’t swayed by false teaching or other enemy lies. We also need to make sure we are equipped for battle. Not long ago I was challenged about the fact that I spend time each morning choosing what to wear, but often forget about ‘dressing’ my spirit. I now try to consciously ‘put on’ fruits of the spirit such as love, joy, peace, etc (see Galatians 5:22). I also realised I had stopped putting on the armour of God too, so try to make it part of my daily morning worship by reading through Ephesians 6 and visualising putting on the armour.
We are also called to join with our fellow believers to be a united army. As a worship leader I am always intrigued by the fact that it was the musicians who led out the army procession. 2 Chronicles 20:21: ‘Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever”’. Worship can truly be our battle cry – and an important way to fuel our faith during seasons of attack.
Meditation: Read Ephesians 6:10–18 and imagine putting on each part of the armour so that you are equipped for the day.