A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Important Note: Starting Wednesday March 29th, 2006, the thoughts will be posted at 7PM.. This is to assure that all thoughts are proof read before posting.
Rev. Bob Celeste
Luke 4:1-2A (KJV). And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil.
Have you ever had one of those wonderful days when everything seems to go just fine. Life is really clicking for you and then suddenly your thoughts change to something vile and evil? Do you wonder why this is happening to you? Do you wonder if it happens to others?
Rest assured you are not the first to have this happen to and will not be the last. Don't worry, it doesn't mean that you have failed spiritually.
As we read in Luke 4, Christ was tempted by satan and did not succumb to him. He met satan face-to-face and came out the victor. We can use the His victory as an example for overcoming our own temptations.
What temptations do we have to overcome?
The first one is the temptation to meet our physical needs. Luke 4:3 - 4 (KJV) And the devil said unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Shows the example we must follow. Satan knew that as the Son of God, Christ could make those rocks into anything He wanted. Satan figured to lure Him in with a little food baiting. "Why just turn those rocks into bread and eat. Come on you can do it."
How did Christ respond? By putting things into their proper perspective. Telling satan that man does not live on bread, but by the word of God. Christ certainly could have turned those rocks into a loaf of the best bread in all of Israel, but He chose not to. He instead gave Himself as a model for us to use in winning the spiritual battles He knew we would be having.
The next temptation in line for Jesus was one of taking the easy way out while on the way to His objective. Luke 4:5 - 7 (KJV), And the devil, taking Him up into an high mountain, shewed unto Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto Him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. Again Christ is showing us how to win these battles with temptation.
Jesus did not deny satan's claim that he could give Him the kingdoms of the world, but what He did answer satan with was: Luke 4:8 (KJV) And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind Me, satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve. Satan was asking Jesus to worship him when he offered Him the world. Jesus knew the world was already His, but did not simply claim it, instead he told satan what God required. That we shall worship only God.
For the simple act of worshiping him satan offered Jesus the world. Many have sold themselves for much less for gains they thought would rival the world when in reality they only sank into the sands of sinfulness even more. Take Esau, he sold his birthright for a mere bowl of beans, Judas sold his soul for thirty pieces of silver, and how many men have sold out their marriages and children for a one night stand.
Next came a temptation to misuse a promise from God. Luke 4:9 - 11 (KJV) And he brought Him to Jerusalem, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give His angels charge over Thee, to keep Thee: And in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone. Notice how satan conveniently left out a key part of Psalm 91:11-12 (KJV) 11: For He shall give His angels charge over Thee, to keep Thee in all Thy ways. They shall bear Thee up in their hands, lest Thou dash Thy foot against a stone. When satan left out the "in all Thy ways" he was referring directly to God's ways and wanted Christ to take whatever path He might choose. But Christ knew the way was His Father's way and so rebuked the devil one more time. Luke 4: 12 -13 (KJV) And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season.
We face temptations every day. In fact I found a unique little phrase that describes Christians and temptations very well. "Christians are a lot like tea bags, you don't know what they're made of until you put them in hot water."
We must follow Jesus' example the next time we are tempted by asking God to help fight the battle. Do that and you will be on the winning side.
Let me add a short prayer request here from a young mother who attends our church.
"I wanted to let you know about some conditions with 2 of my boys, please forward this. Right now I need some prayers, my stress level is too high."
"Griffen goes to a nephrologist in Louisville tomorrow to start testing to see why his blood levels are saying his kidneys are starting to fail. On top of that sat. we got Cullen's surgery date. It is May 9th, and I have 7 appointments for him between now and then. So please pray for us, I am just really feeling overwhelmed with both boys having stuff going on. It makes my back hurt worrying so much."
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
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The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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