Thursday, February 11, 2010

Exploiting God's grace?

Are you eating food you know is not good for your health on the presumption that you are "free". Of course Jesus set you free. Yet Jesus the son of God who was free to do anything never gave in to the devil's enticements in the wilderness or anywhere else for that matter. Instead being led by the Holy Spirit, He used the Word of God to resist the devil. Can we relate His answers to our present circumstances?
When you are led by the Holy Spirit, the devil may quote perfect scripture after scripture but that will not move you. You will know exactly what to say and what to do.
1. Luke 4:3 “If you are the Son of God, command the stone to become bread”. Did Jesus do it? Remember, He turned water into wine. Why didn’t He do it? It was not profitable. Read 1 Corinthians 10:23.
2. Luke 4:6 You may say that you cannot worship the devil but do you know that if you follow his suggestions he becomes your master?
3. Luke 4:5 He took Him to the high mountain and tempted Him to through Himself down. See how the devil quotes these scriptures perfectly? But Jesus would not budge. His answer was: “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.” And the devil departed.

What do you do when the devil or your flesh tempts you to turn God nutritious vegetables into stone? What do you do when he tempts you to eat 5 donuts full of corn syrup as he reminds you that you are free to eat what you want as long as you bless it?

Ah, but look at Like 4:14, “Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee….” You are supposed to convey God’s glory here on earth both physically and spiritually, does your lifestyle help you to do that?

Assess yourself and take a positive step to change. 1 Corinthians 10:23 '"Everything is permissible"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible"--but not everything is constructive.' NIV
So you are free to eat what you want but still listening to the Holy Spirit will save you a lot of complications.
Jesus is calling us to change. Make the quality decision and be the ambassador He sent you to be!

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