Posted: Tuesday, January 3
Verse of the day:
"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil." ( Matthew 4:1 NLT)
Okay, so it is only day two of all those New Year’s resolutions. I know it is the third day of the year but let’s face facts, you did not start on New Year’s Day cause it was a holiday and you were still on break. Now that you are back to life and back to work things have changed. You woke up yesterday with a sense and a purpose that this year will be a new year. You had resolve.
And then you woke up today. It is only two days into your new life changes and there it is – temptation. The temptation to revert back to your old ways did not even give you a week off. It has road out the storm of your New Year’s resolve and is now ready to punch back. At least you have gotten to this part of your new life plan, doing your devotion each day. So since you made the effort to show up, let me give you the good news.
Jesus is our model for life. After his baptism, he was transitioning from a private person to a public ministry. He would be choosing followers and planning the course of his life that would drive him for the next three and a half years. He had resolve. It as in that moment of strength that the Holy Spirit led him into the wilderness to test that resolve. The Bible tells us that for forty days he fasted. It was in those moments of weakness that he was met with temptation. Satan showed up to steal his resolve and make him just like any other man, fallen.
Jesus did not argue with Satan, he did not try to reason it out or show how smart he was. He simply fought off the attaches of Satan with the word of God. So if you want to win against temptation, then keep it simple. Make an action plan of what to do. So – when you don’t feel like praying, talk to God about it. When you don’t feel like reading, open your Bible and see what God’s word has to say about it. When you don’t feel like exercising, take your spouse or a friend on a walk and talk about your lack of motivation. It has been said that we plan to fail when we fail to plan.
Don’t just spend your high energy days making a plan for life change, but also think through simple action steps you can take to overcome temptation. And you will be tempted. You can hear the little voice now. But you can overcome. Jesus did. Just keep it simple.