Overhauling Toxic Thoughts – DAY 5

Overhauling Toxic Thoughts – DAY 5
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Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted 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.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.‘”
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.‘” Jesus answered him, “It is also written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.‘”
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.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only‘”
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Matthew 4:1-11


Lena Joseph

Lena Joseph


Before we go shopping, we will make a list. A plan for what we need to buy at the store. Before athletes go into a game, the coach comes up with a game plan. How they intend to compete against the other side. When faced with the devil, Jesus had a plan as well.

Jesus had a plan. He had the word. Every temptation the devil threw at him, he quoted scripture back at him. We have this same weapon. God gave us his word in the Bible for use at these times. The word is powerful and full of truth. Truly, it is a wicked weapon against the prince of lies.
Like most weapons, it has to be prepared before the battle. If you wait until the bullets start flying around your head, it is a little too late to go looking for your rifle. As scripture has been suggested so many times before to combat our thoughts, I will reiterate it again here. If we keep our mind on God and his word, the thoughts that lead us astray will come fewer and farther between.
But, when they do come, and inevitably as long as we are in this world they will, you will be prepared. You will have studied the word and put it in your heart. Your weapon loaded and at the ready, you will have the courage and strength to tell the devil, “Away from me, Satan!” Those old lies the devil always tells you. You know the ones…. You will never be good enough…. God doesn’t love you. You can defeat them all by reminding the devil how you are a child of God and greatly loved. The word will tell you everything you need, but don’t wait until the last minute to look for it. Get into the Bible and study / learn the word. Load those magazines and sharpen that sword before you need it.


Questions to ponder upon

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