As we enter the Lenten season, we remember the ‘Temptation of Christ’ (Luke 4:1-13). Reverend Dr. Greg Randall said, ‘the temptation of Christ reminds us that ALL of us are tempted, though not in the same way(s) – that temptation comes after great moments (like Christ baptism) – and that it is most fierce when we are the greatest threat to the evil one (i.e. actively involved with God in our heart/lives & in the world).’
Several years ago while reading Beth Moore’s book, When Godly People Do Ungodly Things, I was struck by an image she used. She said we are in Christ and Christ is in the Father (John 14:20). There is, in effect, a fence around us that can not be penetrated even and especially by our enemy. He is powerless to destroy us! His strategy, therefore, is to get as close to that fence line as possible and to scream as loud and long as he can to convince us to destroy ourselves (see full quoted passage below*).
Stand firm dear friends during this season of “40 lean days crossed by 7 Sundays that begins in ashes and ends in life!” Lent! Remember, Trust, Act out of Who you are & what you KNOW rather than what you hear & how you feel.
With love & prayers,
*“Satan can’t make the bride do anything, so he does everything he can to get her to (do it to herself). How is this best accomplished? He tries to corrupt thoughts to manipulate feelings. Satan knows that the nature of humankind is to act out of how we feel rather than what we know. One of our most important defenses against satanic influence will be learning how to behave out of what we know is truth rather than what we feel. Satan’s desire is to modify human behavior to accomplish his unholy purposes. Second Timothy 2:26 tells us that Satan’s objective in taking people captive is to get them to do his will. If we have received Christ as our Savior, Satan is forced to work from the outside rather than the inside. Thus, he manipulates outside influences to affect the inside decision-makers of the heart and mind.”
― Beth Moore, When Godly People Do Ungodly Things: Finding Authentic Restoration in the Age of Seduction