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Force a Test

November 11, 2014

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Force  a Test

We tend  to think  that we are not  really arrogant,  especially towards  our LORD.     But,  when we honestly examine ourselves,  we can probably all find  a lot  of room  for improvement  —  often in the area  of “testing”  our LORD.

Luke,  chapter 4,  tells about the devil  tempting Jesus  in the wilderness.     Verses 9-12  tell about the devil’s temptation  to put the LORD God Almighty  to a test.     The devil implied  that if  God really loves us,  He will take care  of us,  no matter what we try  to do.     So  it says,

And he led Him  to Jerusalem  and set Him  on the pinnacle  of the temple,  and said  to Him,  “If  You are the Son  of God,  cast yourself down  from here;  for it is written,

‘HE WILL GIVE  HIS ANGELS CHARGE  CONCERNING YOU  TO GUARD YOU,’  and,

‘ON THEIR HANDS  THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP,  LEST YOU STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST  A STONE.'”

And Jesus answered  and said  to him,  “It is said,  ‘YOU SHALL NOT FORCE  A TEST  ON THE LORD  YOUR GOD.'”

And when the devil  had finished every temptation,  he departed  from Him  until an opportune time.

In our lives  we are often tempted  to feel  that if God  really loves us,  He won’t ever let anything bad happen  to us  —  even when we purposely live  in our “chosen”  sinful life styles.

Jesus would have sinned  if He would have dared God  to take care  of Him  jumping off  that pinnacle.     His attitude  would have been wrong  because it would have been loveless.     It’s no different  with us.

There are all sorts  of foolish  and sinful things  people purposely do  in this world,  as they expect God  to take care  of them.     Just because God does not punish them right away,  they feel  like their sin  is okay  in God’s estimation.     After all,  they’re “getting away  with it”  day after day  —  year after year.

What they don’t realize  is that they are not loving God  as they continually test Him  with their blatant sins.     They say  they believe God,  but they do not love Him.     Those  who honestly love  and trust the Lord  have no desire  to test Him.     A true love will only try  to please the Lord.     Our aim  in life  should be a true love  for our Creator  and Redeemer.

Repeated sins become embedded habits.     They chain us  into situations  that we no longer seem  to have control over.     As time goes on,  those uncontrolled situations  create hardened hearts  because people feel God  won’t ever judge their behavior  —  or doesn’t care  about them.

As we remember  God’s love  for us,  let us love Him  in return.

We can then say,  “Hallelujah!”  as God guides  our lives  in a true love  and we learn  what it means  to appreciate His protective care.

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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