Vol. 3, No. 6
Have you ever watched a fire as it burns? Smoke will rise from the fire. As the fire burns out, the smoke will be all that is left. The smoke will rise and go in whichever direction the wind is blowing. It cannot decide which way it will go. It is driven by the wind. If the wind is blowing much, the smoke is blown away and soon forgotten.
Smoke is not wanted in one's house. When smoke fills a house, the people inside will use fans to blow it out. Or, they will wave towels and blankets to blow it out and away.
The wicked are like the smoke. They show where the fire is burning. They are not wanted in God's house. And they do not control where they will end up. God will blow them away. They will be blown into hell.
In Psalm 68:1-2, we read, "Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God."
I do not want to be blown away from God. I want to live with God in heaven one day. I know you want the same thing.
After Jesus was baptized by John, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness. Jesus did not eat anything for forty days. In Luke 2:2, it says that Jesus was very, very hungry.
Satan then comes to Jesus and tempts him to turn a stone into bread. Jesus says man cannot live on just bread but on God's Word as well. He refuses to turn the stone into bread.
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came to give us an example of serving others. His miraculous abilities were not to be used for his personal use and comfort. They were used to demonstrate that what he was teaching was from God (Hebrews 2:4).
Satan was trying to get Jesus to put himself first. But Jesus refused to put himself first even though he was very, very hungry. If Jesus had done what Satan wanted, he would have shown himself to be less than the all serving Messiah.
I am glad that Jesus resisted Satan. I am glad that he fulfilled his mission on earth by living the perfect life. I am glad that he showed us that we can resist Satan.
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