He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
It is January 14.
Two weeks into the New Year and many are already feeling as if they have failed in their resolutions, goals, plans for the year.
We enter the New Year with fresh eyes and with fresh dreams. And yet when the second week, or the fourth, or eighth come rolling around, our eyes are dim and dreams are dashed.
We've slept through the workout. Or, we've grabbed that Reese's Peanut Butter Christmas Tree because the season is over and better to eat it than to throw it away. And in the back of our heads we question why we tried again this year.
Or, we might be those that have pitched the resolutions aside for a Word for the Year. I myself, have been in that camp up until three years ago. And I am still there.
I pretty much have embraced a WORD and a VERSE for the year. And three years ago began setting goals again.
My WORD this year was given as a phrase: Occupy the Land that He has Given.
My VERSE 1 Chronicles 4:9,10
And the goals encompass: a balanced life.
But, I will fail. I will.
I am human,
And knowing that Jesus moved as a human out into the desert and Satan tempted Him. Knowing that He went through forty days and forty nights fasting with Satan offering him food. He was offered the world, and, and...
How did He defeat Satan?
By the Gospel and acknowledging His identity.
And we too have that available to us. We don't defeat Satan by what we are determined to do. We enter into what Jesus has already done. He has made us His own and what He has accomplished we are able to enter into.
When we hold onto the Gospel of Christ we can fling Satan's temptations right back into Satan's face.
And Christ promises that His mercies are new every morning.
Do you realize that every morning that you wake and reach out your hand. You can say, "Thank You Jesus."
He's giving you the opportunity to begin afresh every moment.
What would life be like if instead of defeat, you took a step, stretched your hand out, and received His strength?
Step-by-step thanking Him for that forty day Victory desert campout.
Even Jesus had the angels to come in and wait on Him as He recovered from those temptations. Don't let one day beat you up, knock you down, and spit you out. Instead, be aware you are human. With Jesus, let Him hold you.
Every day is fresh.
Share a moment when you felt that Jesus came in and lifted you up when you thought you were done. And there He was picking you up and bringing you into an awareness of His mercies and His victory! We all are uplifted by each others praise stories!
Because He is the I AM,
Robyn Rochelle Cox
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