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Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Psalm 91; Romans 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13

Well, of course Jesus was hungry after forty days without food. So of course, the devil’s first temptation is with food. But is it food, really, to turn stones into bread? Or is the temptation to use his power to meet his own needs rather than follow the plan of the Father? Jesus is wise to this approach and doesn’t fall. So if Jesus’ goal is more cosmic than just filling his belly, the devil has another idea: power and glory! And all Jesus has to do is worship the devil — instead of God. Once again, Jesus is wise to his tricks and doesn’t fall. Okay, then, so how about something flashy that will get the attention of the people so they will listen to Jesus? But Jesus is wise to this too: the mission isn’t about Jesus, it’s about the Kingdom of God, and Jesus won’t be turned aside. So the devil quits — for a time. Temptations come in many forms, and most of them are attractive. That’s what makes them difficult to withstand.

What tempts you away from the path God has called you to? What helps you to reject the devil’s empty promises?

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