Vulnerable…

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2015.05.12-exhausted

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan (where he had been baptized) and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil…Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying 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 protect you,’ 11 and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ” 12 Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” 13 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Jesus was tempted… by whom? By Satan. The bible repeatedly references one who is opposed to God and all things holy. He is called Satan, the devil, Beelzebub, the accuser, and other names. And the reason for this, dear brothers and sisters, is because Satan is relentless in his attempts to come between us and our God. This is particularly true when we are vulnerable. When are we vulnerable?

We are vulnerable when we are tired or under stress. Doing the right thing often takes more energy, not less. Also, we tend to make poor decisions under stress, returning to bad habits we thought were behind us. We are vulnerable when there is tension in an important relationship. If I’m feeling distant from my significant other, I’m more inclined to be seduced by someone else. We are vulnerable when we are separated from key family and friends – leaving us with little accountability or support for our actions. The list goes on.

13 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from (Jesus) until an opportune time.

Are you vulnerable right now? Are you tired? Are you overly stressed? Are you and your significant other struggling through a rough patch in your relationship? Find yourself isolated from family and friends while traveling for work or some other reason? Be alert dear sisters and brother, and call upon the Lord to give you strength to resist the temptations of the devil.

Heavenly Father, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Vulnerable…

  1. > The first verse in your text says, when Jesus was full of the Spirit. I’ve found when I am “high” or “full” of the Spirit, that is when I am easily knocked down. I’m thinking what could go wrong?? And then everything does. This happened to me recently, I was knocked down and started to doubt and question the amazing things that were so clearly happening in front of me. I’m still climbing out of the “pit” that I fell into. But one thing I’ve learned, is when I do get out (and I am certain that I will), that by the grace of God, I will be higher and stronger than I was before. It’s preparation for the next time that I am pushed back into the pit. And as verse 13 clearly states, that will certainly happen.

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    • What I wrote is so wrong. It’s not when I’m “high” in the Spirit that I get knocked down. It’s when I’m high in my own ego that I fall into the proverbial pit. And when I’m knocked down, if I finally let go of my ego, and let Jesus show me the way out of the pit, that’s when the Spirit blows through me and I find God’s peace.

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