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Tempting to read the word

January 29, 2010

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. 10For 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.

Though I haven’t spent 40 days in the desert, I can absolutely relate to Jesus’ experience here. I am actively seeking after God, looking to be led by the Spirit, to be full of the Holy Spirit. And what happens to Jesus? He is tempted. The devil works on his physical needs by tempting Jesus to turn the rocks into bread. Then the devil tries to tempt Jesus with power and authority with the offer of the kingdoms of the world, and the final temptation is to see if God really does care for Jesus.

So when Jesus is really close to His Father he is also greatly tempted. This is my experience, when I feel closest to God is when the temptations increase. Why is this? The devil hates to see me really grow as a Christian, and will use every device it can to draw me away from God. Whether it is my physical needs, or an interest in power and authority, or whether God really does have a plan for me.. whatever it takes, the temptation does increase. But so what!!! I know how to respond, Jesus quotes Scripture, Jesus answers the temptation with truth. Jesus refuses to accept the lies the devil presents.

So when I am tempted, I too should answer with Scripture, which means, I really need to know the Bible. Which is why part of drawing near to God is reading His Word and opening ourselves to the truth, rather than being drawn away by the lies of the enemy.

What are your thoughts on this passage? Please leave your comments below. I really look forward to growing and learning with you!

God bless ya,

Rev Mark Brown

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  1. Kathy permalink

    Amen! When there is an increase in temptations, I feel like I must be doing something right for Satan to work even harder at pulling me away from our Savior. I need to just push my way closer to Jesus and with his help, I will not fall to temptations.

  2. Gifted permalink

    Amen! And thank you very much. I need help in reading the Bible, knowing and understanding His word. Where do I start? I have also realised that since actively and dilligently acknowledging and praising GOD in my life, the devil has no chance… Even when I walk in the darkest valley of my life, I fear not for the Lord is with me and the devil can not touch me. Praise be to God and thank and glory to Jesus!

    • scott permalink

      Get yourself a study Bible. My wife got me one and sadly it took me quite a while to pick it up…(devil did not want me to have the word). Once I did it helped me so much! I read the Bible, then under each scripture is the discussion and explination. It elaborates on the scripture, gives you background on what is happening or why something is happening or events that affected what you are reading and/or reference to other locatinons in the Bible that are relavent. Hope it helps…it sure did for me…you will find your way as God will lead you and further open your eyes.

    • servant permalink

      The important thing is to pray for help in understanding what you read and what to read, and to be consistent. I pray God grants you the peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.

  3. Josie permalink

    I totally agree Rev Mark! It bothers me when a verse comes to mind in a situation but I can’t remember where to find it or if I have it right. Memorization is a good thing and probably healthy for the minds of us “middle agers”. Thanks for all you do.

    • Sister Pam OP permalink

      Dear Josie, I am beyond memorization. When I have the problem you described, I go to this website,
      One is able to type in a word or phrase, then the browser locates the verse for you. I often use this site for the daily Bible readings posted to I can copy and paste special verses.

    • @Josie. I struggle too when it comes to needing a verse “right now” and my mind will go blank or I’m hit with the “oh, I don’t want to quote Scripture wrong”. I can’t remember where it is but I know it’s in there type scenario. But I hate given the enemy even that much so I’ll do my best and acknowledge to whomever that I can’t recall exactly the words or chapter/verse but I know…… I think this will become a bigger problem, at least for me, since we are bombarded with so much material from so many sources today it’s a wonder we remember our full name anymore. But we need to put forth our best effort and God will bless it anyway even if we don’t see it at the time.

  4. Linda permalink

    Amen! This is so very true, but if we do know the Word of God it is our sword and shield against the devil. Jesus was a example of how we are to be, staying in the Word of God, fighting the devil with the Word! Praise God the closer we are to our Father the easier it is to fight temptation. When we stop drawing near to our Father the weaker we become are more likely to fall into sin, stay in the Word and in Prayer this is where we gain our strength to stand strong in the Lord! Praise be to Our King of Kings!!!

  5. Pam permalink

    I am in this situation now, and what I find is the enemy focuses mostly in and on our minds…he knows you won’t act on your thoughts the first time…but if he keeps coming back, and coming back with the same thing eventually I will break the individual down and succeed in getting them to fall out of the Grace of God. It is then when I am at my weakest state that by the Grace of God…He causes me to remember a scripture that I have hid and tucked away in my heart, and gives me a hymn of praise to sing or hum all day until when I look around myself…the enemy has fled…so yes it is important to know the read and to know the Word of God and to get as much understanding as humanly possible.

  6. JimR permalink

    Yes Rev. Mark, I believe we are targeted more by Satan when we draw closer to God. He is losing his grip on us and increases his attacks. Jesus always quoted the scriptures when he was being tempted and he never engaged Satan in a conversation. We should follow the example he set for us. Spending time studying/memorizing scripture is a valuable tool for defeating Satan’s attacks. Staying closely connected with other believers as well as being transparent with them in our struggles helps as well. There is a strength in praying and struggling together. This blog of yours really helps with that. Thank you Mark! God Bless

  7. Enid permalink

    This is so true! The closer we want to get to God, the more the Devil finds ways to distract us and sometimes reaches his goal of turning us away from God and making us fall. I recently went thru such a situation. Thank God I got back in focus, put my eyes right back on the Lord and thru congregation, reading the Bible and staying in prayer, I was able to get back up…
    You are absolutely right in that we have to not only know the word, which is our sword and shield againt the enemy, but we must also be in constant comunion with God. Knowing the word will make it possible for us to discern, when something comes from God and when it is the Devil up to his tricks. Remember, he also knows the Bible and will twist it around to confuse us. If we are not equipped, we will certainly fall in his trap.
    The Devil is the Father of lies and deceit and his goal is to take away our salvation. We must be prepared, for the coming of the Lord is near…

    God Bless!

  8. nicole permalink

    Yes – I definitely believe when you are riding high with God and experiencing his blessings in life – something happens and crashes down on you – this is the time you have to go back in the Word and find the words that will lift you up and carry you out of this crisis. I know every day we all go through ups and downs,but if you really try to keep Him on the forefront of your mind – and in your heart – this is when you will be ultimately with God and He will help you through anything.

  9. Greg Phillips permalink

    This is what I need to read and know. I am once again seeking God and feel as though I am not worthy. I know I shouldn’t feel that way. What this tells me is that in order to overcome the temptations that fall upon me I need to know the Bible. I need to understand scripture. I have tried to be a good Christian in the past but always fell back to my old ways, but I never really got into the Word. I realize this time that this is what was keeping me back. I need to stay in the Word, study scriptures, and from doing this is where I get what it is I need to grow in my Christian walk. I now know that the things I never got was because I didn’t know that it all stems from reading the Word and learning what it takes to be a good Christian. As I study the Bible and begin to understand it is when the changes begin to take place. The Holy Spirit will be known to me by doing this. Amen. Thanks for the lessons. I need them.

  10. Malvia permalink

    This is so true the devil always try to take us away from God even in pray he tries anytime my whole focus is on God he tries to work on my mind at that I sing praises to God rebuke the devil I am bad wit memorizing scriptures but I am praying to the Lord for help there because that’s the only sword that will conquer the devil

  11. James permalink

    True Pastor..the more we draw closer to God the more I find the devil bringing me more temptations. The devil also knows our weakest points and he takes advantage of this!

  12. Debbie permalink

    Thank you, Rev. Mark for your faithfulness. I appreciate reading your messages and even though I’ve heard it before, it always comes at a time when I need to hear it again. May God continue to Bless you and you Bless others!

  13. Alecia permalink

    This is exactly on point the word of God is our weapon and we have to study his word so we can know it but just not know it from our lips but it is rooted in our hearts. Theres a lot of non christians who know bible verses but they just speak from the lips not from the heart and when ur been tempted by the enemy or going through trials if ur faith is strong and the word isnt spoken with convicition the devil will laugh at you cause even stan himself can quote scripitures.The challenge for us believers and my self his to feed upon Gods word daily its like food so it will strengthen us and be rooted in her our hearts to prepare us for the spiritual warfare because we fight against principlitie and powers we have to be ready. Amen.

    • The CONTEST OF WORDS between the Devil and Jesus was not yet over. It is written: “When the Devil finished tempting Jesus in every way, he left him for a while” (Luke 4:13).

      The Devil, who once had the power over death, was judged and lost in another CONTEST OF WORKS against Jesus Christ’s perfect and transfigurative death on the cross [(Matt. 16: 13-28; 26:64; 27: 50-56); (John 8: 21-28; 14: 15-21; 19: 30-37)].

      It is very important to know that “GOD’S POWERFUL WEAPONS”, for our benefit, are found only in the latter contest which, for our guaranty of personal victory, we should study and know in every detail (Heb. 2: 14-18)! AMEN.

  14. marty permalink

    So true Rev. The devil has done that to me and I have failed. Some times I make it but others no. You are right the more you know scripture, the more you pray, you can fight off those temptations! GOD is so good. When I pray and read his word I feel so peaceful. I feel HIS love.
    I love you GOD please draw me closer and help me through temptation.
    Blessings to all. Marty

    • elodie M. permalink

      Amen!I love the way you put it and may the Almighty God bless you for the peace you are just sowin in my own life, in Jesus name

  15. I really love this scripture and what it means I think all of us go through the same temptations but if your close to god we can overcome any thing he is so much stronger than man…..

  16. M.C. permalink

    Thank you for this. I want you to know it is as if God had your write this just for me. I am separated physically from my husband right now(he is working in another country). I have never been alone. I went from my Mom’s home to ours.
    Anyway, it seems God wanted us apart for right now. We are both striving to take this time to grow closer to God-man o man have the temptations to sin been great lately. 2 are better than 1. If my husband were here, things would just be the same, we’d be there for one another. Now, I am here with our children and he is there, alone. I praise God for this time of growth but really needed the reminder that I can answer my temptations with scripture and therefore need to read scriptures.
    Thank you for sharing this-you have been a source for finding strength from Him.
    God Bless you and keep you! M.C.

  17. Melissa permalink

    Thanks again Rev. Mark,

    Just yesterday I heard another message about this and how Jesus knows all about being tempted. And I love how God’s word teaches us that if “we are tempted, He will provide a way out”. His love for us is so great that He is with us through everything!
    Thank you!

    In Him,


  18. Sara permalink

    Thank you Mark! That is just what I needed to read this morning. I have been trying to draw close to God and I have been strongly attacked by the enemy. It helps to know we are not alone. What an encouragement! Praise God!

    “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
    Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” I Peter 5:8, 9

  19. Wow…I just love how God works! Thank you! I just shared this with a friend yesterday…a much shorter version of my own words, but the same scriptures/story! Love how God will excentuate or put emphasis on something by giving it to you repeatedly! I shared this with her, too! I’m sure this is all a reminder to me, also, as I had been hit rather hard with illness lately. Satan cannot have me, I belong to Jesus!

  20. Connie permalink

    In this passage I see that Jesus is tempted in his time of need (hunger). He was empowered by the Holy Spirit (God) when he was baptized. In spite of Satin’s attempts to sway Jesus, he stands by God’s word. I can only imagine how I would feel in the same situation. . . I would definitely have a problem being extremely hungry after 40 days in the wilderness with nothing to eat. Yet Jesus rebuked the devil in vs. 8, “ Get the behind me, Satin: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve”. Awesome! We can do the same thing by demanding that Satin leave us alone, “… in the name of Jesus Christ my savior”. When we pray for God to get rid of Satin and temptation in our life, He will answer us. We receive the greatest peace that there is, God’s gracious blessing. What a wonderful thing to know first thing in the morning.
    Thanks Mark, for letting the Holy Spirit fill your heart and lead you to giving us this blessed message. 

  21. Gale permalink

    I too am experiencing a lot of trials and temptations. What really stood out to me the most was “Not putting God to the test”. I don’t think that has ever sunk in to me before. I’m guilty of this and I am going to stop, by the grace of God, I will succeed.

    Thank you for enlightening me!

  22. Ernie permalink

    Dear Mark,
    I appreciate your journey and your allowing us to share it. This verses remind me that in Chirst I am more than conqueror, becuase not only did he resist temptation, but he conquered death and sin. Becaue of him I am saved and in him I am always in victory, in spite of what may sorround me in the physical world, in spite of what my body, my flesh and even my human mind tells me. I now have the mind of Christ (1Cor:2:16) to understand God’s revelation and plan for my life through his word that is alive and through direct communication with him ( Luke 22:39-40). Just, as Jeus sought Gods’ will at all times even as he was gettign ready to face his purpose, die for all of us, so that we could be reunited with God. We, now children of God, who have the holy spirit can too, not only resist temptation but keep our eyes in our Lord and savior, as we embrace our own purpose. No wander Paul says in 1 Cor 10:13 that he does not give us any tempatation we can resist.
    I remind myself this, when I feel ovewhelmed with work, or fear or worry tries to come to me when I scramble to pay my house mortgage and keep my family afloat in the midst of a precarious economy. As Paul I need to remind myself to “press on toward the goal” (Philipians 3:14)
    God bless

    • Chantal permalink

      Amen brother in Christ ……Hold fast! God Bless you and your family…

  23. Estelle Warren permalink

    God’s word is something to truly be treasured. His truth gives us such insight into living, as in Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. The Lord knew of temptation first hand. We have his word to hide in our hearts so that we will not sin against Him. It is for us to seek his will always and He will give us the strength and the courage to stand against temptation and with our not being perfect like Jesus was perfect, He forgives us when we go wrong. It is our desire to walk closer to Him and to be in His presence. The Lord knows our heart’s desire and loves us unconditionally. We have His spirit and His word to guide us as we seek to do God’s will. Mark, what I admire so much on what you are attempting to do, is that it is not only for yourself, but for other to have a closer walk with Him, passing on the Good News and…. Glory be to God….

  24. Lisa permalink

    As I read this I am reminded of the close walk that Jesus had with the Father. He led a fasted life. He fasted, he prayed, he meditated on the Word, he used the Word as a sword against the enemy. Fasting and prayer is key to drawing us closer to the Lord. Reading the bible alone will not get it. When we fast we are disconnecting from the world and prayer draws us closer to the Lord. When we fast we are telling the Lord I want to draw close. I will lay food, tv, or whatever is keeping me away from you down for a season to sit with you, talk with you, hear from you. It opens our eyes and ears to the Lord. It brings clarity to situations. Fasting is one more tool in our arsensal of weapons against the enemy.

  25. Carolyn permalink

    Yes , temptation is all around us . My husband and I never see eye to eye on many things . Last night I was tempted on go off on him because of the choice he makes that really have a big impact on our family life .any business decision whether it be about money and just family stuff it makes the decision with getting me invovled . Normally I would tell him about him self just walk a way with a hurtful spirit . But on last night I used the word of guy . I ask the Lord to give me courage to repent my husband for causing him to default on His God given responsibliies . I sincerely desire to hand the torch back to him . I rebuke the fear that he will make a mess of things over and over again. I said Jesus my eyes are on you to cause him to do exceedingly abundantly above all I ask or think , according to your power that works in him ( Ephesians) I understand the husband is the head of the wife , even as Christ is the head of the church (Ephesians 5:23) . You see many times I am tempted to take the lead in our marriage , but the word says my husband is the head . So , I was able to have a calm conversation with him about both of our mistakes and how can we cone to getting by making sure we talk about all decisions dealing with the family especially ::money. I said if I had to write a book about my marriage and family life it would be titled ” when the Cheerleader stop cheering . I tell my husband all the time we are not kids any more and he has to stop playing like a football player and I am his cheer leading . Lets put some scores on the board then I can start cheering .(lol) . Be bless , I truly am enjoying your messages .

  26. Brandy permalink

    I can definitely relate to this passage. I’ve been fasting with my church for the last 19 days and there have been many moments where I heard a whisper in my ear, “Just eat. No one will know.” And I felt ravenously hungry. I delved into my Bible and read Isaiah 58 and prayed my heart out and it passed. This is my first fast, and I’m so thankful I was involved! God has shown me some amazing things about myself, the people around me, and my son. Some of the things He has brought to light have not been so stellar, but I’m thankful he has shown them to me regardless that way I can choose the path He has for me and the way He needs me to change. Thank you for publishing this on a daily basis. It has certainly spoken to me in many ways. God bless!

  27. Lucy permalink

    Thanks Rev Mark, this was an excellent passage to open up to this morning. I have been through tough times for several years and I finally realized that I had to let go and let God take over my life. I sometimes still feel like I am in a “tug of war” so to speak between God and Satan, I just remind myself that God is in control of my life and no one will ever be able to take that away from me! Keep these passages keeping!

    • Michael Cook permalink

      For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not [a]adjusted and [b]adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to [c]a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently. (I Corinthians 10:13

  28. elodie M. permalink

    I thank you Rev M. Brown for sharing with us the word of God which is the light and the sword of every Christian. Amen to that and Alleluia to Jesus.
    p.s. We do not need to worry about us not reminding the wORD for the Bible says in JOHN 14-26 (KJ version) “But the Comforter (some versions say The Helper) which is the Holy Ghost , whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, Whatsoever I have said unto you. All we have to do is to read , then meditate the scriptures and the Holy Spirit will make it a powerful sword in our life in times of adversity. He Shall bring the WORD to our minds Himself. All we have to do is to totally surrender to Him and acknowledge His omnipotence. Shalom

    • Michael Cook permalink

      Amen Elodie! I totally agree and am a witness that this is exactly what happens in my life.

  29. Jessica Wilkinson permalink

    Wow…this has helped me understand so much. Thank you!

  30. Michael Cook permalink

    Observation: Note that when Jesus used scripture with Satan, he eventually turned around and quoted scripture back at Jesus. We have to be aware of the tricks the enemy uses to try to pull us into sin and disobedience. He will even revert to using the Bible and scripture if it suits his purpose. The only thing is he will use the scripture to try to cause us to justify our sin, and give into our flesh rather than us walking in the Spirit as the sons of God.

    Satan’s first attack is trying to get Jesus to question His standing with His Father God! If you are the Son of God…then do this thing and satisfy your flesh. Satan will never turn us to God, his attack is always to turn us to our flesh.

    I John 2:16 Says it this way: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

    If you observe the way Satan tempted Jesus, you will see that he followed this pattern to the tee. First was the lust of the flesh, hunger, desire to satisfy a natural part of ourselves. There is no sin in hunger, right. We all get hungry if we don’t eat. But the sin was in satisfying the flesh and ignoring the Spirit. This pattern is the same pattern Satan used in the Garden of Eden with Eve. (see Genesis 3:6) The enemy has not changed his tricks in 1000’s of years. He still operates the same way. We are not to be ignorant of his devices. (2 Corinthians 2:11)

    Last observation: Satan didn’t leave for good. He’s gonna come back again and again. But if we are in Christ, we can defeat his every move. We should be taking more ground as we go on our journey deeper into the word of God! Let’s not get stuck marching around in circles. Let’s follow Christ and get to the promised land together!

    I love you Bro. Mark and all the people here!

    • Sister Pam OP permalink

      There is a very good reason that Satan is called the great deceiver. Satan makes the temptation sound good and appealing, but it is all a lie. Last night I said a cross word about someone who has done some bad things. Satan tempted me by saying she deserved it. A kind colleague gently reminded me about following Jesus in all things. I was rebuked, repented and am forgiven. I know Satan will continue to tempt me in this way. My prayer is that I will welcome the Holy Spirit to be with me to give me strength for resistance.

  31. hello mark i love the word today it is so true every time i get close to god the devil try to pull me away and he well because he know his time is very short well i just want to say thank you so much for your message today it was needed love and prayers in jesus name cecil and jason the burdette brothers

  32. Susie Feldman permalink

    I completely agree- Satan could care less that we read the Word (he himself knows it)…it’s when we APPLY it that he gets nervous and seeks to trip us up.
    We can’t fight back with our ‘sword’, the Word, unless we have it in us.

  33. Sara Sue permalink

    “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1: 2-5

  34. I read that satin was praise and worship leader before he was fired from heaven.He can not stand any one to sing and praise God,that is why we need a Hymn song hidden in our heart.He will not stay around very long even if we just hum a tune.I love the scriptures but I cannot always remember them to quote them but I can sing and sing I will .Thank you Lord Jesus,I love you

    • Laura permalink

      I don’t think I ever read that verse in the bible, Vera. Can you tell me where it’s at?

  35. scherriea permalink

    This is so true Pastor Mark…everytime I feel like I am so close to God, temptations seem to increase…sometimes I can defeat those temptations, while other times I give into my temptations…I feel so horrible afterwards and I feel disconnected to God! I know that this is exactly what the enemy had planned, but for each time, I get up, dust myself off, seek God, ask His forgiveness, and work on achieving that close bond that I had once felt with Him. I am not perfect, but I love God with all my heart! I am not what I ought to be, but I am so thankful that I am NOT what I used to be!

  36. Sandy permalink

    I totally agree with what you are saying Amen! But I also encourage people to fast as jesus did (maybe not 40 days) It is throughout the bible how people fasted and prayed they go together. You will feel so much closer to him and to see him work in your life. I just got off a 3 day fast it was amazing! It is hard but so rewarding! We need to be doing this more, pray, fast and give!!! Isaiah58 talks about true fasting. Be Blessed Mark in all that you are doing for the Lord!!

  37. It brings to mind the verse where Paul says, “When I am weak, then he is strong.”
    What I notice about the first temptation in the passage you quoted is that Satan attacked Christ in His weakness, in this case, hunger. I would imagine after 40 days without food, Jesus was not just hungry, but ravenous, not to say he was probably very weak. He was fully human as well as fully divine. He experienced hunger and fatigue and temptations just like us. And the devil first attacked that weakness. Satan goes for the jugular sometimes. But, thanks be to God, we are more than conquerers through Christ Jesus!

  38. I totally agree with you. I have many times quoted scripture when I pray because our Lord did it. Since He is our example why not follow his lead. It is so important to be in the word of God. My one downfall is memorization. I do not do enough of it. Yet when I read these posts I get to meditate on what is being said. The word of God is alive today. This goes along with your other post about knowing the language of God. It goes hand in hand with today. Great job of connecting the two together. Thank you so much for this. It is uplifting and as I walk with you, together we will discover our great and merciful and grace giving Father.

  39. tara permalink

    Im a day late reading your blog. But considering how my day went today, I understand why I was suppose to read it today. The devil has been quite busy. There’s been so much that I’ve had to endure today, I just handled and kept on moving. I refuse to let anything or anyone still my joy. God has a plan for me and I can’t wait to see what it is. And to let anything destroy that is like a slap in His face.

  40. This is so true! I know when I am right with God, or going in the direction He has for me, the storm comes and along with that, temptatons, and whatever satan can find to tempt me. But lately I’m finding that alot of what used to be important just isn’t anymore!!! I’m being set free of wordly desires and I wonder what I ever saw in them in the first place! I just want to encourage eveyone to push through the temptations, the desires and see what God has on the other side. You’ll be amazed! Have a blessed day everyone, wherever you are & know that Abba Father is looking out for you & loves you very much!!! 🙂

  41. Margaret Ann James permalink

    Oh, it is so true that when you grow closer and closer to the LORD, satan goes into overtime to break down your spirit, and tries his hardest to draw you from GOD. And if you’ve ever thought about it, he will always try to destroy you by using the ones that are close to your heart. This is a battle for me, but I have decided that I am not going to let him destroy my relationship with my Savior. If their flesh chooses to bow down to him, then I have to pray harder for those souls. With GOD on my side, I can resist the devil, and I will.

  42. Aryn permalink

    Amen. I definitely think one of the most important things to do is immerse ourselves in the Bible so that when temptation comes, as it will the closer & closer we get to God & Jesus, we are always ready to stand firm in our faith and tell the Devil to get lost.

  43. I am going through a rough time right now, and this is the first e-mail I received from you. It hit the nail right on the head, thank you for the confirmation that I needed (even when I did not realize I needed it). If Christ is attacked, who are we to think that we are not to be attacked by the enemy.

  44. Dana Benton permalink

    This is such an awesome passage,Rev Mark,I have had satin try and get into me every since I become one of GODS children.I pray to Our Lord And Savior Jesus Christ for help and tell him there is no room in my Faith with God for him.There has been days where I would be saying Prayer for someone and Satin steps in and tries to get me to think of something bad about this person,I just Keep thinking What would Jesus Do.By reading parts in the Bible and You Journey Into A Deeper God has let me understand more about what the verses are all about.I love reading every day what you have to say,How awesome it is to have you to listen to and someone we can write and get answers.So the Closer I become to God,I’m realizing that I really have to watch what I do or say because Satin may make me say one thing and it wasn’t what I was going to say,so I stop and think about things more.My fleash tells me and my heart goes right along with it,I have a lot of Negative people that live in my house,so sometimes it makes it so hard to stay in the word of God,but I’m finally getting them to know I won’t stand for the way they talk and the way they act.I don’t care what anyone thinks of me because I have GOD on my side or he wouldn’t keep calling me to have Prayer with who ever needs it.Thank You Rev. Mark Brown for letting me see the light on today’s passage,and for you who gives it and then comments on what you read,I get so much out of it and hope you never leave here or facbook,as your an Inspiration to all. God Bless You

  45. I was tempted greatly today,after i had a rich time with God,it was terrible,i can agree with today’s devotions,its really did encourage me to remember that the word is what is need alot.

  46. Briana G permalink

    This is so true. I know God has shown me to do this before and I know lots of times I haven’t. It’s easy to forget what the scripture says when you don’t spend time in the bible every day- gotta keep reading and staying fresh.

  47. Joyce permalink

    AMEN!!!!!!!!! I am so happy to see this TODAY of all days. My grand-daughter has been asking for a scripture, that is, something to show her friend that she have to read the Word of God in order to grow. Mine you, my granddaughter is 19 and she’s mindful that we are suppose to get our friends and family to read the word, for a closer relationship. One of her friends told her that he just sing the words of God and that is good enough for him. But she and I found the scripture and gave them to him, and I’ll be pringing this one for him as well.
    Thanks for everything you do.

  48. dorthy porter permalink

    Hello Mark.A snow storm has hit Kansas.I felt God urge me to still go to the prayer place in the woods today.My personal life has had alot of storms lately.The Holy Spirit has been moving inside me as Jesus has had to carry me the last few weeks.As I layed in eighteen inches of snow asking the Heavenly Father to put his protection around me and my life.I ask GOd to give us warriors strength to stand Strong against satan and his evil.I ask God to pour his blessings on you and your ministry.It is if Lucifer is walking the earth to see who he can destroy.It made me pray all the longer,all the stronger.We are heads not tails,victors not victims,We belong to God,he will not let satan destroy us.I painted the face of Jesus last night,when I walked into the living room with my Bible early this morning.The anointing of God fell on me.You see I painted the nails being driven into his hands,I captured the pain in his face.I started my day as a broken vessel willing to be used any way Jesus would ask.I am now broken enough to do GOds will.We are never above our master.

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  49. Marlon permalink

    this is something REAL SERIOUS!!!!!
    im tempted all the time….i dont really know the bible that much…
    but my heavenly father quickens me when the time is right….

    i love what is being done through u….it’s helping me ALOT!!!!!

  50. Barbara permalink

    My husband and I have been discussing this with our Pastor and several others doing a home Bible study. It is hard to recognize it sometimes when you are going through it…but if we prepare ahead of time we will be ready…Armed with the Armor of God so that we can withstand the attacks of the Devil.

  51. Gelly permalink

    Thank you, Mark. Your piece on temptation is just the answer I need right now and is also the answer that my son has been seeking. I know our Loving Father will bless you richly for sharing your journey.

  52. christine permalink

    this is sooo true satan is everywhere always trying to fill our heads with lies and temptation just continue to honor,praise,love and worship our Heavenly Father up above

  53. MARIA permalink


  54. I really needed this. I’ve been asking God for a word from Him. The enemy has attacked me in everyway possible. Now he is attaking my marriage and using my husband to make me turn from God. Two wrongs never made a right, and I refuse to give the enemy a foot hold! This thing is to big for me. I have to put my marriage and my husband in God hands. But most importantly…. I have to pray harder and read more. Thank u God for speakin through Rev. Brown. Lord….I need u more than ever!

  55. Brad permalink

    I needed a tool to fight temptation before it gets too strong. I will try remembering scripture.

  56. debbie permalink

    there are verses we just know and even the OUR FATHER is in the BIBLE. I am bad at memorizing but will recall


    I do this when tempted and also call or start singing an old hymn.

    I wear a bracelet that has ROMANS 8:28 ON IT…. I really arm myself with JESUS so when the tempation comes. My BIBLE is also in my purse at all times…….
    as well as my journal and whatever other book I am reading at the time. So if I am waiting somewhere, instead of just doing nothing or wasting time….I can be at prayer or reading about how GREAT MY GOD IS!

    24/7/365 FOR CHRIST!

    • One lesson in Luke 4: 1-13 is to be on guard against over-simplification of Scriptures, viz.: the DEVIL’S GAME in which Christ clearly won. The QUESTION is, “Who is winning this time, the Devil or the Christian?”
      The ANSWER is in Rom. 8: 28-30. God surely works for good in all things with those who accept, as expression of their love, his commandments and obey them all the way to Christ’s “fulfillment of God’s purpose” in his perfect and transfigurative death on the cross –the typical means of his self-revelation in terms of “life-giving Spirit” his divine image for our re-birth after him to the extent of having us share his divine glory! We are not at all listening, are we? (

  57. hey reverend mark brown iam truly moved by what you have written about temptation, it means alot too me. thank you for posting this. god bless you!


  58. omar permalink

    This scripture is good, very good. I have been reading where Jesus ssys, pray so that you will not fall into temptation. When I add both together I have a strong arsenal, in prayer and the word, thank you Father above.

  59. Lydia Reyes permalink

    The manuel of life , The Holy Bible was given to us so we would know what God wants for us. The more we emmerse in the word, the more armor we have to fight the tactics of the devil. Satan will attack those who desire to follow Jesus more often than those who are lost in darkness. That’s why we should continue to focus on the things from above and not the things from the world . When I feel the attack of satan, I Pray and find myself praising the Lord in Songs. The devil will always be prowling around looking for someone to devour but all we have to do is rebuke him in the name of Jesus. I know for myself , I tell the deciever to get out of my life and if he has a problem with that, I tell him to take it up with my Boss, JESUS. I will pray for all of you my family in Christ. May the Army of God continue to rise. AMEN

  60. Marika permalink

    I just think that it is ironic how the devil tried to tempt Jesus with something that he knew already belonged to Him. The devil does the same thing to us, a lot of times the devil will try to tempt us with things, that God has already promised for instance, the bible says that God will supply our every need yet when we feel as if we are lacking the devil tries to tempt us with things that God has already said is ours.

  61. Clarissa B permalink

    I have truly been tempted harshly by Satan ever since I have started to grow in my relationship with Christ. I try to look in the Bible, and pray for help with my struggle. I have found myself growing stronger, and better being able to say “no” to the temptations that Satan dishes out. I praise God for helping me and loving me no matter what.

  62. Luke 4: 1-13 is a great commentary on our acceptance of the Bible as the literal transcript of God’s word and our undiscerning and suicidal uses of it. (Rev. 5)

  63. Arlene permalink

    Temptations is everywhere all we have to do is to always pray that God will guide us and give wisdom to surpassed them all. God will give his Holy spirit to us if we just ask. God bless all.

  64. Bestine permalink

    I always strugle when fasting and i always fail pliz help

  65. Rele permalink

    This is so true, I’ve learnt to believe what the bible tells me and not what the devil tries to say, if he tried to tempt Jesus then why should I expect anything different. Its when I’m closest to God that temptations come, and the amazing part is that it is when I fall that God draws closer to me, He reminds me of Isaiah 43:25, ant the more He forgives me, the more I forgive myself and shy away from sins. We humans are so not perfert, but we are striving for perfection and our dear Father understands that.

  66. Folashade Adenipekun permalink

    I bless God for this word, and appreciate you for sending it at this time. Cause i am faced with such now. I pray by the special grace of God he will sustain me to stand fit.

  67. Beth permalink

    I also experienced tempted by the devil, he led me to a room that there so many graven images and told me to worship them. I said, ” in Jesus name I do not worship them. In the migthy name of Jesus we have the victory. Because HiS name is very powerful. His name is above all names. His name can drive out evil spirits & demons.

  68. Jesus really showed his great love and respect to the Father, God, creator of all things.He stood firm on what he believes though he was experiencing hunger and thirst.

    Whenever the devil tries to tempt me or corrupt my thoughts with lies I always pray and sing songs of worship to God to keep me still.

    I pray that all of us would continue to strive to be like Jesus, and live our lives according to God’s word.

    Good day and God Bless Us All. AMEN.

  69. my trials now are my family is not with me. I found it hard to accept gods word for this situation, and went through the wrong method of beleif so Im here for answers and help to get my life right with Jesus.

    • You know what Duncan, I could understand how you feel about your struggles now.YOU”RE NOT ALONE. God is with you 🙂 He is FAITHFUL to all who seeks Him and wants to be with him. Continue your journey to be with God and live your life in Christlikeness, though it’s not easy but in the end you’ll find it’s worth. Godbless you friend…(>^_^<)

  70. Nicky permalink

    Wow this message really hit the core. Yes it seems as I am more determined to walk closer to God the more the devil strikes out at me. Right now I’m in the middle of a battle between what I know is not Gods will for me versus doing what is right . Temptation I say is a mighty battle and I hope I win this war

  71. Francine permalink

    Hi Mark,
    Hallelujah, Hallellujah ! I almost levitated just reading this, Tempting.
    I know you must be experiencing some of the most awesome moments with God; ever, in your life! Being filled with the Holy Spirit!! speaking the scriptures to temptations. Knowing God is taking you to another level, that He is preparing you.

    Thank God for Jesus going before us to show us the way through temptation. 1Corinthians 10:13 says There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  72. Jerome permalink

    This wasn’t in Luke, but it was in Matthew 4:1-11.

  73. Great stuff! … i ech all these comments, for me – its no different than anyone else being ‘tempted’ . no matter ‘what’ the temptation is – we should all ‘know’ The enemy WILLtry to tempt you with a number of things that appeal to our flesh – we ( I especially) must resist the devil & he will flea..I AM WEAK! However – THAT is where i am made strong 🙂
    Just a quick shout to the Author of this post – Thank you, for we all need to encourage each other – spur each other on to good works : even if thats simply Is. 30 :15a – in Quietness ..resting in the Lord

  74. way permalink

    Amen! I knw that the devil is alive and well and with all GOD blesses us with he still tries to show his face. I hv been tempted tested and picked at by the enemy and I knw its only because I am tryn to do my fathers will I’m presently goin thru a situation and I need victory over so I’m askin a special prayer for my lord and saviour to come in and fix it, its amazin hw the enemy brings back the past to destroy our future!!

  75. Angela Crawford permalink

    I don’t think u understand the depth of how I needed to hear that! Thank you Lord for the Word and how it can bring strength. I’ve been feeling so tempted and uncomfortable in my spirit. I ask that you pray a sincere prayer for me! In Jesus Name!

  76. Shaxina permalink

    Wow this is powerful and it has explained why a few certain things have happened recently.
    I wish I had someone to talk to…someone of God, like a Pastor or someone similar. I get so confused and I’m always asking God to speak to me about things and sometimes I am stuck on who to trust.
    I feel like a wolf in sheep’s clothing has entered my life and I hate to judge this person…but I am just trying to make sense of it all. The temptation got me…and I cringe at the thought of my mistake. So much has happened in the past few weeks and I am so unsure!

  77. Joyce Adams permalink

    And remember when we received Jesus as our Saviour and Lord this is our comment taken from “Theology of Holiness” by Dougan Clark, quoting another he writes: “I am willing to receive what Thou givest, to lack what Thou withholdeth, to relinquish what Thou takest, to suffer what Thou inflictest, to be what Thou requirest, to do what Thou commandest. AMEN.” As saints of God, this is our comment by the grace of our Lord Jesus.

  78. Mary permalink

    thank you for the Word, temptation is something terrible but I do believe that God is always sheltering us with the blood of our Lord Jesus and we have something called CONVICTION—JUST LISTEN TO HIS WISPHER! Do not listen to the devil he is a liar. I LOVE MY GOD AND MY LORD JESUS CHRIST just believe and trust in them and your will always be filled with the Holy Spirit. GOOD BLESS YOU!

  79. Patti permalink

    So true, how amazing is God’s love. As I struggle to get thru everyday I realize all I have to day is die to myself and allow the Holy Spirit to fill my whole being. Yet I struggle to do something so simple. So remembering the story of Jesus and being tempted helps me to stay focused on the goal. Thank you. I will continue soaking in the word.

  80. Susann Hamann permalink

    I believe that God is perfect. Perfect in creation. He`s plan fore the human and the world is perfect to, and everything is under He`s Control and command .
    Since He is the only creater, everything grow out of He`s hand and will. Even the devil. He knows that without the devil, human would not seek God. It is our sinful nature that makes us to lacy, and comfortable to seek Him.
    If we did not have the devil to make us fell, how bad life gets, when we listen to he`s lies and temptations, we would not know how blessed our life is, when we walk in the presence of God. In other words, we need him to strengthen our believe, to seek God, to grow in faith.
    So actually it is a gift. When the devil visits you, God give you a chance to get closer to Him, our Creator, our Lord. Blessed be He`s Holy Name.
    Don`t be sad when you have problems with temptations, because of your sinful nature. It is all part of God`s perfect plan. HE created you like that. It is a gift He gave you, to make you seek Him.
    He is the CREATOR of everything…….EVERYTHING……even the devil and the sinful nature. And He`s plan is perfect . So all we have to do, is to believe in Him, have faith that everything is under He`s control and command. Slam the door in the face of the devil and seek The Lord, Our Father, the Creator in every breath of your life.
    In the name of Jesus, may you all be blessed and know that that you are a beloved child of God ,and that He loves you just the way you are.
    Blessings from Denmark. The cold and snowing Scandinavia. Susann Hamann.

    • You remind me of an old hymn sung in rounds,

      “On the Throne,
      Heavenly Throne,
      God is there on the Heavenly Throne!” GBY.

  81. Merdoc permalink

    Thank you for this reminder. Presently I am going through a strong temptation to sin. Thank God for His Word that keeps the temptation at bay.

  82. Carlos permalink

    See I think there is one little problem. Where to start reading the Bible. I think that yes by all means we should know the Bible inside and out. If you think about Muslims push their kids to know the Bible from about the age of 3. What are we doing with our kids? Even us who are grown, what are we doing to know the Bible? See it’s really easy to say you should know the Bible, but there is so much to know and so much to learn that it’s a bit hard to have a starting point. Now if someone gave me something that will help me every single day, something that will teach me even a little bit a day, then by all means I’ll hang on to it and keep reading it.

    By i understand exactly what you mean when it comes to temptation. The devil is very astute about how to tempt you, because it’s always with things that either seem alright or things that you really want (but they are just not convenient at the time). See he tempts Jesus with the bread first. Jesus, being human, must have been really hungry and what better way to lead to temptation than to tell Him to get some food. Then he goes on to tempting Him with power. Every man in the world wants some kind of power, specially guys. This is reasonable except that although Jesus had all the power, His mission on earth required Him to give that power up for His stay here. Lastly the “suicide attempt,” this may have been taken as a way to tempt God but I guess all that the devil was trying to do is just finish Jesus in a “cover-up” manner. Meaning that the devil was not trying to prove that God has the power to same everyone, specially His own son, since he already knows that, but that in the attempt to prove that God will not let the devil get his way, which would consequently kill Jesus and His purpose on earth would have being ended faster than necessary.

    See the devil knows what to do and many times we think that he’s stupid, but he is an angel and like every angel they have certain knowledge that goes beyond ours. But this is the biggest truth, although God ALLOWS temptation, He always, always, always gives you a way out. Aside from that, God will never let you be tempted with something you can’t handle. He just tests you to see how closely are you following Him in His ways. So remain faithful in times of temptation, remain in the Lord, He is going to get you through it, and be happy that you are going through those times, because the bigger the temptation, the closer you are getting to God.

    • The problem is confounded by the fact that the Devil knows and can quote Scriptures better than us. Rate your own quoting against the Devil’s in the close correspondence between LUKE 4: 10-11 and PSA. 91: 11-12. You may lose but come out knowing the strength of your enemy. A good thing too!

      On the other hand, our “key” that destroys the Devil (Heb. 2: 14-15) and also opens up all the hidden treasures in the Scriptures (hidden even from the Devil) is Christ himself (Col. 2: 2-3) in his self-revelation at his perfect and transfigurative death on the cross (John 8: 21-32; 14: 15-21; 19: 30-37; Rev. 5).

      Therefore, we have no other option except to know Christ firsthand by means of the promised vision (John 1:51) which is ours to see just for the asking! GBY!

  83. Rosemary permalink

    Perfectly said!! Thank you so much!

  84. Bianca permalink

    wow. honestly this completly speaks close to my heart and this is exactly where im at. and its kinda scary. my school is doing a 40 DAYS OF PRAYER where we are praying for our schools in our neighborhood to break down spiritual walls.Aswell we have the choise to fast something, it doesnt have to be food so i choose facebook.And i havent been on since today and we are in our 20th day or so. I have to say that, been tempted in so many ways and i have to say that also, i have fallen into sin so many times, just in this past week. and when i comes to sin, i dont know how to stop it, i mean it seems like im always vulernable and i almost have to ( i know this sounds weird) but hold Jesus’ hand so i wont sin. i am going to a meeting today at my church, for this exact reason, why you sin and how to grow in your relationship with Christ. All i really want to do is thank you, this is a complete revaliation. 🙂
    God Bless you Rev. Mark

  85. Matilda Thompson permalink

    Thanks for the posting. It is an awesome. Gained multiplied strength at a very pivotal time. Thanks for the willingness to share the Word. God bless you and Glory to God!

  86. Madeleine permalink

    Good comment

  87. this is so true, i have one weakness in one area, please help pray for me.

  88. I agree with what is said. Satan tempts us with what we need & desire. We must stay grounded and continue to read his word, meditate on it, and obide in it.

  89. Chrisey Alfree permalink

    Very good. I love this, my day starts very good, when I read these. Thank you so much. Chrisey Alfree Dover, Delaware…

  90. Abe permalink

    I’ve seen this passage of Scriptures Many times, but this time as I was reading it at the beginning of your devotion it struck me.. that’s right! Jesus is “full of the Holy Spirit” and… is led into 40 days of difficulties and temptations! So often we think we are “filled” to immediately perform, preach or say something like Peter at Pentecost or Stephen (and sometimes he does fill us as we go), but often the trials and being faithful in the hard times -standing on his Love and Word is just as important if not just as important as the outreach! 1 Pet 5:10 and Heb 12:10-11,28. Then it seemed you were saying close to the same thing! Let us persevere in prayer, Word, encouraging fellowship, loving others, and Thanks!

  91. Abe permalink

    By the way, memmorization may seem scary, hard, or ‘not my thing’,
    but please choose it!
    Like when one is “bad” at spelling (like me, I grew up in Brazil), When/if I chose to stop and consider what I spelt 🙂 wrong, then how (MS Word) spelled it correctly, then I started getting better and… hey.. I’m much better now!
    Same in memmorization. Grandmother simply took the TIME to write one verse out and put it in the window sill above kitchen dishes to review all day. Uh.. one verse a day is 365 verses!!!!
    “I can’t run a mile” … I’ve heard and told myself once. But… after taking cross-country my attitude was: “Run 5 miles today coach? No Problem!, that’s all?!”
    Difference is… God’s Word lasts forever and ever and ever and ever; and by the gospel, true holy blood of Jesus and his Spirit – putting it into practice in love, it is LIFE!! All else shall burn up! – even the shell of this human body.

  92. marie quick permalink

    it makes all the sense in the world,yes, i agree ,

  93. Samantha D permalink

    I find it really true with what you said today. Because honestly, the devil is always busy and sometimes when we are thinking about things or have done things, we fail to notice that in reality the devil is trying to make us unworthy an fall at his feet which I refuse 2 ever do.

  94. cynthis permalink

    This is so true !
    thanks for helping me to remember this.
    th devil is always at work, we must always be ready.

  95. Beth permalink

    Thank YOU DEAR LORD GOD our Heavenly FATHER for blessing us with YOUR Word so that we may be able to defend ourselves against the devil and his tricks. Please help us to always get out of any darkness. And we thank YOU DEAR JESUS CHRIST our SAVIOR for living YOUR life as an example for us and please help us to live as YOU have and to read the Bible daily and memorize scriptures to strengthen our faith. We love YOU so much Dear LORD GOD our Heavenly FATHER and DEAR JESUS CHRIST our SAVIOR above all and above everything!!! GOD bless us all. In JESUS’S name, Amen.

  96. Ben Curtis permalink

    Yes, I think God uses temptation to actually draw us closer to Him. If and when we sin, we become humble. Now a lot of people came before us as examples of right living (including God himself, in the body of Christ), and we must persevere for them. Put on the whole armour of God. Our greatest power lies in the knowledge that God is just and He’ll return to make EVERYTHING right one day. Satan’s ONLY REAL POWER is to turn this GREAT TRUTH into one of his little lies — NEVER FORGET THIS, NEVER AGAIN. God’s love for us is greater than any of Satan’s deceptions!!!!

  97. Hola Rev Mark,
    I’m Steffanie from Costa Rica in Central America, I’m really grateful about this reflexion and I feel very identified with this, because I’ve been passing for many temptations with my family and work (fights and loss of control), then I think this is a devil’s plan for me to blaspheme against God, becuase I’m doing my best, I’m reading the bible and praying more because I want to know more of Jesus and I need him a lot. This is my fist time visiting your web site and I think this is from God, because it help’s me a lot. I know that God is with me and I’ll put all of my effort to scrutinize God’s word, thank you very much! God bless you lots! I’ll be praying for you!
    Sorry about my english I’m doing my best! =) Bless to everyone!

  98. This is very encouraging and uplifting.
    Tonight I started to play my video game on my computer, but it started messing up. So I got on facebook. And tonight just like every night the devil tempts me with rather revealing advertisements of girls. I’ve been deleting them constantly, but every now and then I fall and give in to this atrocious temptation. It has gotten worse recently and I’ve felt stagnant in my walk with the lord. I knew why I was this way, but I couldnt end it. It just seems so impossible. I was scrolling through the feed on facebook and saw this asking if I had trouble with temptation so I clicked on it. The message was powerful and exactly what I needed. I plan on reading this everyday until I have it memorized so when temptation strikes again I’ll know exactly what I need to do. Thanks man your a real blessing.

  99. Aaron Bell permalink

    Amen! I never thought of quoting scripture when the devil is trying his best to get at us. Sometimes when I feel temptation, I say, “Golgotha” as this is where the devil was defeated. It is so amazing to have the assurance that Jesus paid the price for all our sins and devil couldn’t do a thing about it! 🙂

  100. Michele permalink

    Amen! Satan just loves trying to pull us away from the Lord. I find myself continually rebuking Satan in Jesus’ Name. Doing this, it does seem to throw him aside for a while and then when he creeps up again on me…the pattern continues as I pray for the Holy Spirit’s help to guide me and help me to keep my eyes fixed on the Lord. The closer we get to the Lord the more Satan loves to try to pull us away and discourage us. Following God is much stronger and He will help us to win this battle if we let him fight it for us. :~)

  101. I struggle often with temptation being at one time addicted to pornography. When I am getting to that place where I feel that Jesus couldn’t be any closer to me, that the Holy Spirit is about to burst out of me, the enemy will always put something to try and make me stumble.
    I am learning to resist but sometimes my flesh get’s the better of me. But I get back up and declare a new day and keep on keeping on. Jesus waits patiently for a world that is in more need of him now than ever in the history of mankind. If he can wait for me to get my stuff in order than I feel I owe it to Him to do it right.
    Study is the key I feel and wanting to be were God wants me to be. Desiring Him first then he will empower me over all my weaknesses. Thanks for the good advise everyone and Peace and Blessings to you all.

    • For desperate and chronic sinners (like me), there is no better refuge from the old addictions than discovering the little known, “secret place” of Jesus’ pierced side for the outpouring of his Holy Spirit and Jesus’ once and for all, self-revelation in power and glory!

      It is working for me since 35 years!

  102. Zelda Terblanche (nee Foster) permalink

    I need to know where in the Bible can I find scriptures to give to my husband who is struggling with alcohol abuse. Please!

  103. Try Matt. 11:28.

    Let your husband test Christ for the rest he said he will give. It is working for me since more than 25 years. PTL!

  104. sharon smith permalink

    The devil has a lot of tricks in his hat to fool Christians into sin. I want to be more like Jesus and fight with the Word of God. Pray for me that I would dive more into the Word this year than I did last year.

  105. Michele permalink

    Sharon, my prayers are with you.
    God bless, Michele

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