Not By Bread Alone

Day 65 March 6, 2014  1st Day of Lent
TEMPTATION

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”‘ -Matthew 4:4

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As we begin this journey towards the cross and resurrection of Christ, may we be inspired by the breath of life according to God’s Holy Word.

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished.  The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, “One does not live by bread alone.’ ” Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.  And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please.  If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”  Jesus answered him, “It is written, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’ ”  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.’ ”  Jesus answered him, “It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.  Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. -Luke 4:1-14(NRSV)

Oh Creator God,  Open us to the moving of your Holy Spirit.  May we be open to that breath of life whether it comes as a still breeze or as a driving wind or in your written word.  We recognize that all our life and strength comes from you.  We ask for your continuing help and guidance so we might persevere.   Direct our lives into the ways of peace and justice.   Amen 

About 365MissionalPractice

Love God, Love Christ, Love Others. I am passionate about creating Missional Relationships that encourage disciples to personify Christ's message. As a minister in a Community of Christ congregation in Virginia I am learning everyday what it means to be vulnerable, to risk, to experiment, to share in a world that needs the redemptive healing of Christ. View all posts by 365MissionalPractice

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