Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/08/12

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Jesus Tempted -- by Tissot

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.

“Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”     (Matt. 4:1-4)

As we wait upon the Lord and anticipate His return, troubles and temptations arise against all who belong to Him, but the Lord is not troubled; He is not tempted. He speaks the truth; He takes up the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, and He strikes down the attacks of the enemy. Let us too take up the sword of the Spirit and boldly proclaim the Word. Quote the scriptures; speak truth to the lies of the enemy; pray in the Spirit; speak and stand on the word of God. Wield the sword in the power of His might and the enemy must give way before the reign and authority of the Lord Almighty. Thank God that He does not leave us defenseless, but we are armed with truth sharper than any blade. Praise God; bless His holy name.

May the Lord bless you to take up the sword of the Spirit and cut down the enemy with the word of truth.

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