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The Power of Suggestion

  • Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. He ate nothing in those days. Afterward, when they were completed, he was hungry. The devil said to him, 'If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.' Jesus answered him, saying, 'It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.' Luke 4:1 WEB

    Jesus heard God speaking to Him right after He was baptized in the Jordon river, and a voice came from heaven, 'You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased' (Luke 3:22). Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, and fasted for forty days.

    The devil came to test Him when He was weak from hunger. The first temptation was, 'If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.' The devil saw that Jesus was hungry and thought it may be an opening. Also, he brought into question whether Jesus was actually the Son of God to instill a little doubt and confusion.

    Now Jesus had already heard a voice speaking to Him earlier, but now here is another voice, or is it the same one? Are they from the same source? Should He turn this stone into bread? Jesus needed to know whether this voice was God speaking to Him again, or a counterfeit. He turned to the scriptures and His answer came from Deuteronomy 8:3. Whatever does not agree with scripture does not come from God. The word of God is our anchor of truth.

    The next temptation was a chance to set up an earthly kingdom even more powerful than the Roman empire. All of it could be given to Jesus here and now, if Jesus would only worship him. It was a legitimate desire. Jesus could set up a government that truly cared about the people and He could do a lot of good through it. But it was a compromise and meant using the world's methods. He would have to turn His back on His calling. Once again Jesus turned to scripture and quoted Deuteronomy 6:13, decisively rejecting the offer.

    The third suggestion was to perform a miracle by casting Himself off the temple, possibly to make people believe in Him, but also to prove that He is the Son of God. This time satan quotes scripture to Jesus (Psalm 91:11).

    In all of this temptation, satan can only 'suggest' that Jesus should do something. It was entirely up to Jesus to perform the act. Jesus again refers to scripture and quotes Deuteronomy 6:16. Then fresh out of ideas, the devil left Him until a more 'opportune' time.

    The devil 'suggested' things to Jesus, but he could not get around the clear word of God when directly confronted with it from a person that would not compromise. A person who's no actually meant no, and not maybe. Though he would have loved to, satan was unable to make Jesus do anything. He was limited to the power of suggestion.

    Jesus was also obeying the scripture as well. Telling the devil to flee when you are friends with him will not work. You have be committed to God first, and then resist the temptation, then he will flee just as He left Jesus. 'Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you' (James 4:7).

    If you have something that bothers you and will not go away, or have feelings of worthlessness, shame, or you are being tempted to do wrong, or you are full of fear, find a scripture for it and memorize it. Say it out loud through out the day. We all have our own weaknesses. Find a scripture that addresses it and stand on it. It is amazing what the light of scripture will do to the kingdom of darkness.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You bring me the scriptures that I need to stand on and help me beat this for I put my trust in You. Teach me Your word and help me understand my role in this. Help me see the big picture, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

May 17
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You bring me the scriptures that I need to stand on and help me beat this for I put my trust in You. Teach me Your word and help me understand my role in this. Help me see the big picture, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Thank you Pastor. I must have needed this today <3

May 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I join with Dianna in this prayer for me and for all here at RHM <3!

May 17
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

May 17
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Amen 

May 17
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord. 

May 17
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

May 17
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Billie Haynes
Billie Haynes

Amen

May 17
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Maureen Germain
Maureen Germain

Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion.

May 17
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Kelly Cottrill
Kelly Cottrill

Amen.

May 17
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Yes I needed this today. Lord help me find the right scripture I need to stand on to fight this thing. Amen!

May 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Lynn <3!

May 17
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen 

May 17
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Jesus,please help me to resist all temptations that don't agree with you.Tahnk you for all my blessings. Amen.

May 17
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

When I was raising my son I was plagued by depression and anxiety.  Oftentimes my brain was foggy and things that were once easy were a struggle.  During this period I had a bulletin board in the kitchen.  Over time I filled it with Scripture that would comfort me and give me strength.  I wasn't familiar with the idea of standing on Scripture, but it seems the Holy Spirit was guiding me to do just that. 

May 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That is a beautiful idea, Roseanne <3!

May 17
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Amen. 

May 17
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Carol  Pady
Carol Pady

Amen.

Hebrews 4:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

May 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Carol <3!

May 17
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Marilyn DeJongh
Marilyn DeJongh

Amazing!  As I'm growing older, my health has become a challenge.  I know if I lost a little weight, it would help my back issue.  (I'm trying to put surgery off until Fall) This is the morning I began the program, even before reading the devotion.   I know that I must lean on God to help me through the temptations. This morning's devotion is perfect!  I know God gives you, Pastor Dion, the right words to share with us.  Thank you, Jesus for loving me as I am and supporting me through the temptations and stumbles, in this part of my life.   Amen!    

May 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Marilyn, praying for much strength, healing and grace to help you through your temptations and with your health and back! If you have not done so and are interested, we also have a group here called "Healthful Living" that might be a good place for you to join! Here is the link: http://www.refreshinghope.org/group/21. God bless, sister!

May 17
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Marilyn DeJongh
Marilyn DeJongh

Thank you so much.  I appreciate your input will check the site out. 

May 17
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

AMEN! Prayer is definitly the most powerful weapon available to us!

May 17
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Just what I needed to be reminded of...every so on I go into a deep depression.  Started out of it yesterday.  Sit in front of scriptures & try to read.  It's difficult. Y mine is usually blown by then.  No it is right place to be.  So the Word, the living flesh, can get in me.  Get the behind me Satan in Jesus name.  I.liked reading , for instance, if Jesus would except the deal to be head of how that would be turning from God's original plan.  Wow that's good for all of us when being attacked to remember.  Scheming, lying, piece of dirt.  Don't want to miss what Jesus had for me as I chose yrs ago to follow Him,!!! Amen.  Satan does Know scripture.  And funny is he can't think another plan when all is thwarpt.  Lol!

May 17
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father I pray that You bring me the scriptures that I need to stand on and help me beat this for I put my trust in You. Teach me Your word and help me understand my role in this. Help me see the big picture, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

I need to find some more scriptures to help me through some of my troubles. Father. please help me with this and show me wat ones are good for what i'm goin threw. Amen. <3

 

Pastor Dion thank you for your devotion today. I enjoyed reading this and will look for scriptures to fit my needs. :-)

May 17
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin

Amen

May 17
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

May 17
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I pray that You bring me the scriptures that I need to stand on and help me beat this for I put my trust in You. Teach me Your word and help me understand my role in this. Help me see the big picture, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

May 18
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, I pray that you bring me the scriptures that I need to stand on and help me beat this for I put my trust in you. Teach me your word and help me understand my role in this. Help me see the big picture, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

May 20