Scripture: Matthew 4; Luke 4-5; John 1:15-51. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Satan tried to tempt Jesus in the desert, where He fasted for forty days and forty nights. Jesus then began His ministry in Galilee, where four fishermen became His disciples. He performed wonderful miracles including the large catch of fish and healing a paralyzed man. Jesus also ate with sinners at Matthew’s house and was questioned about the act of fasting from religious leaders. John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah. Follow along as we continue reading in the New Testament, Matthew 4; Luke 4-5; John 1:15-51!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Satan was allowed to tempt Jesus in the desert, and Jesus did what was right in His Father’s eyes. We, too, will be tested to see whether or not we will obey God. Satan is always trying to tempt us, especially when we are more vulnerable, but we must obey and follow God with all of our hearts. We can always ask God to give us His strength and to help us with our temptations in life. God wants us to live by faith. When Satan was tempting Jesus, Jesus told him not to put God to a test. We must believe and have faith in Him. Becoming a follower of God means putting away all of our self-centeredness and turning our lives over to the One who created and loves us beyond our imagination. Jesus called His disciples to follow Him, and they immediately dropped everything and followed. When God asks us to serve Him, we, too, must be His disciples. Demon oppression still exists today. Demons are fallen angels who have joined the devil in rebellion against God. God’s power is far greater than the devil’s, and there is power in Jesus’ name. The more we get to know God and follow Him, the more our understanding of Him will increase.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Matthew, the Book of Luke, the Book of John, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.