Luke 4:1-13 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.'” The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'” The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
I read this portion of the gospel of Luke this morning. I am familiar with the story. Immediately after Jesus was baptized he was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert where he fasted for 40 days and nights. And then, at his weakest point of the fast, he was tempted by the devil. The thing I never noticed before today was the devil’s tactic in this passage. When he tempted Jesus, twice Jesus responded with the Word of God, truth that cannot be denied and cannot return void. The third time he tempted Jesus, however, he changed his tactic and matched Jesus by using scripture as his source of temptation to try and persuade Jesus to succumb to the temptation. Again Jesus used scripture to defeat him.
I literally took a pause when I read this. How crafty and cunning is the devil?! He uses the same tactic on us still today. He takes something with which we are familiar, twists it, and uses it against us in order to lead us into sin. He makes us comfortable as we hear his lies. I wonder how many times I have fallen prey to this tactic? Thankfully Jesus gives us a clear answer to this problem – the Word of God. It is our weapon against the schemes of the devil.
Have you ever been aware of the devil using this tactic in your life?
Day 55 is going fine. I weighed myself this morning and I am down 18 pounds. I am thankful to see that the scale has slowed down how much it is moving. I was a bit nervous for a couple weeks.
I drank more coffee than normal today and I have a feeling tomorrow will be no different since we make the switch to daylight savings. This of course means we lose an hour of sleep. I would not mind one bit if they did away with this whole time change thing.
After eating my dinner I was overwhelmed by a craving for something sweet, so I scoured Pinterest for a vegan, sugar free, wheat free sweet treat. Sounds great, right? I ended up making something called Apple Pie Cookies. They came from a website by the name of http://www.thequeenofdelicious.com. I tried them and they were not bad at all. I added some maple syrup to the recipe to enhance the sweetness and since I didn’t have cardamom, I used a little nutmeg to give it that fall taste. I’m also thinking they will go great with coffee in the morning. I mean, they are basically an oat muffin so they can’t be that bad as a breakfast, especially for a girl who is perfectly happy eating pasta salad in the morning.
Anyway, this is day 55 brushing my sweet tooth and going to bed.