Daily Devotional – A Closer Walk Avoids Temptation

By on April 19, 2021
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Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from Matthew 4:1-11. God does not lead us into temptation. I am very good on my own to allow distractions. These distractions take my eyes and focus off of Jesus and my Father in heaven.

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”All Posts

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.”

Lead me not into temptation.

When Jesus was lead into the desert to fast and pray, it was His opportunity to gain focus and strength. While there is so much in the world to distract me and gain my attention, it is ultimately up to me as to whether it will get my attention.

Satan came along and thought that he would have a chance to tempt Jesus.

There has been much spoken and written about the 3 different temptations that were laid before Jesus. Jesus, the creator of it all was being offered the shortcut to achieving what He was going to die for. Jesus was born to die and to reclaim the kingdom of the earth for the Kingdom of heaven!

Temptation comes at the fundamental selfish desires, and the cure to temptation is a closer walk with Jesus. Let us fix our eyes on God today, and not release our gaze!

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, 

Thank you, Jesus, for coming to earth to die and restore us to the Father. You faced temptations just as I do. Help me to follow You more closely so that all that I see is You and Your leading.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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Daily Devotional – A Closer Walk Avoids Temptation