Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 22, 2020
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Many years ago when I was a teacher, I watched from an upstairs window at the school where I taught as paramedics arrived within minutes to rescue a man who had driven off the road. It struck me how different things were when I was a girl. Before electronic devices, such as global positioning systems (GPSs), paramedics had to know the city they served like the back of their hands, or else they would be driving around in circles in total chaos, and many people would have died! The paramedics had to know the city by heart so they were ready to respond when accidents happened.
When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness after fasting for forty days and forty nights, He showed that the only defense against deception is God’s truth. When Satan attacked Christ with lies, Jesus used scripture from the Book of Deuteronomy for protection. Can you imagine what it would have been like if He hadn’t known the truth? It wouldn’t have been a pretty picture if He had to stop and say, “Wait a minute! I have to go look that up! I think it’s somewhere in the Scripture.”
Like Christ, we can overcome the deceptions Satan throws at us. How? First, we can ask Christ what lies we believe about Him, ourselves, our relationship with Him and His Word—or anything else that He wants to bring up to us. Then we can make a list of the deceptions and ask the Holy Spirit to show us God’s truth from Scripture. It’s critical to know what God says about our circumstance in order to be free of feelings of betrayal and falling into offense.
One day while I was smack dab in the middle of a trial, I purchased some note cards and wrote a lie on each card with a counteracting scripture. I carried these scripture cards with me often and spoke God’s truth out loud. Embracing His truth helped me during a time when I needed it as a defense against lies—and it brought me peace and encouragement.
Are you going through a time of temptation or trouble? Grab onto the truth in God’s Word and meditate on it. And, if you need to, ask the Lord if you are believing any lies that you need to combat with His precepts.
“But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4).
Lord, thank you that Jesus showed us what we need to do when faced with a temptation or a trial. Thank you that we can do battle with your Word. I love you for equipping me. You’re so good to me. Amen.
What lie needs to be exposed and replaced with God’s wisdom and truth?
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