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Jesus Alone: The Messiah's Temptation

Jesus Alone: The Messiah's Temptation Excerpt ‎It is no coincidence that Jesus’ temptation immediately follows his baptism. Many of God’s people have had similar experiences. Right after conversion or some other significant spiritual event, precisely when a certain level of victory or maturity seems to have been attained, temptations resume more strongly than ever (cf. Elijah in 1 Kgs 19:1–18 and Paul in Rom 7:14–25). Blomberg, Craig. Matthew. Vol. 22. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.

Prayer

Prayer Lord God, thank You for Your blessings, grace and mercy. Without You O Lord, we can't do anything. May You continue to shower us also with Your protection from seen and un-seen troubles. Bless those that are Sabbath keepers in serving You. Bless those with infirmities, homeless that they may be sheltered, food-less that they may be fed, and penniless that they may have and be taught how to manage their finances. In Jesus' name is my prayer. Amen. - Min. Lynwood F. Mundy

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

November 30
Do Not Turn to FollyEphesians 6:1–24; Proverbs 9:13–18
I have a problem with criticism. Being one of the youngest in a large, opinionated family, I quickly learned how to stand up for myself and get my way as a young child. I learned to deflect teasing. I also learned I had a knack for ignoring reprimands—punishment free (there are certain, inalienable rights that shouldn’t be bestowed on the youngest). The louder I projected my voice, the better; the more stubborn my stance, the more respect I earned. I wish I could say it was a phase that I quickly grew out of.
When we’re challenged by others, we often interpret the wisdom offered as criticism instead. We defensively deflect feedback like beams of light, hoping they’ll land in their rightful place (our neighbor’s darkness, and not our own). This type of reaction can become second nature to us. Soon, even messages in church are meant for others: “I wish [insert person who is currently annoying us] was here. He or she reall…