Only God

    Luke 4:1-13 
    “1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness 
    2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry. 

      3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 
      4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE.’”

       5 And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 

      6 And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 

      7 “Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.” 

      8 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’”

      9 And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here;

      10 for it is written, ‘HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU TO GUARD YOU,’

      11 and, ‘ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.’”

      12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.’”

       13 When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.”

       Jesus’ example to us in Luke 4 clearly shows us that, despite our temptations, we must serve only God, and not be led astray by the glittering, empty promises of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Though these can be mighty convincing, they will not give us lasting protection or satisfaction. “Rather, worship the Lord your God; it is He Who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.” (2 Kings 17:39) 

      In the end, everyone will ultimately bow to Him anyway. “Who will not fear You, Lord, and bring glory to Your name? For You alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Revelation 15:4) “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11) “It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him, serve Him and hold fast to Him.” (Deuteronomy 13:4)

      We can rest in His goodness, if we truly put our trust in Him alone. “My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him.” (Psalm 62:5) “Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim. You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.” (Isaiah 37:16) 

      Any pride we have should be in God only. It is He Who works in us to do anything good. “This is what the Lord says, ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know Me, that I am the Lord, Who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:23,24) “But, ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.'” (2 Corinthians 10:17)

       

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