Well, it is that time again for our annual Family Freedom Walk (our 7th!!!), May 9, 2015. We are having a little staff competition to see who can raise the most money. We would like to invite you to support one of your Victory Call writers. Click on their link below and it will take you directly to their individual webpage for the walk. You can give directly through their webpage. If you prefer to send a check, just mail it to America’s Keswick 601 Route 530, Whiting, NJ 08759 ATTN: the person’s name – and mark your check FFW in the memo. Thank you for your support.
Mary Ann Kiernan
If you would like to help us raise money for the Addiction Recovery Ministries – to help men, women and children, we would love to have you walk with us. If you are interested please go to our website and sign up today then start raising sponsors.
Thank you so much for your support.
Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’” Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
1. The nature of the first temptation is targeted to Jesus’ human weakness – He fasted 40 days/nights and was hungry. Satan’s temptation was to make bread to eliminate Jesus’ need apart from God.
2. Jesus’ response was Scripture that was very specific to that temptation. “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Jesus’ defense was targeted truth that directly addresses that temptation.
3. Jesus spoke with authority, confidence and belief.
4. The second temptation, Satan uses Scripture also for his own purposes. He knows Scripture and doesn’t hesitate to misuse it. If we are not wise and discerning we can be caught in his snare, even with best intentions.
5. The third temptation, Jesus again confronts the temptation with a targeted Scripture.
As we confront temptation in our own lives, it is important to select the Scriptural weapon that specifically addresses that temptation.
In addition, it is important to combine the truth with faith. “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.” Hebrews 4:2
Be encouraged. Select your battle weapons carefully, then wield them with precision and confidence.
Diane Hunt is a Biblical Counselor, Women’s conference and retreat speaker and author. She serves as the Director of Partner Care and Director of Women’s Ministries at America’s Keswick. She and her husband John have two married children and four grandchildren. She loves reveling in warm sunny climates and playing with her grandchildren.