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A Test on the Lord Your God

May 19, 2016

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A Test  On The Lord  Your God

We are told  over and over  about the greatness  of God’s love  and compassion  for His people.     We hear  how God has promised  to be near us  and carry us  through all our trials.     Bible verses  that remind us  of these truths  are very comforting  and we can truly rest  in them.

But,  some people  will misuse  God’s promises  and twist them  in such a way  that they are no longer expressing  God’s intended word.     One example of this is  when the devil tempted Jesus  in Luke 4:9-12,

And he led Him [Jesus]  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,’

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‘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.”

The devil certainly spoke the truth  when he quoted  those two verses.     God surely does care  for His beloved.     But,  jumping off the pinnacle  of the temple is  a loveless  and defiant forcing  of a test  on the Lord God Almighty.     It’s easy  to see  that it is very wrong  to mockingly challenge God  to protect a person  who is defiantly demanding  God’s protection.

We need  to apply Jesus’ reply  to our own lives  as He said,  “You shall not force  a test  on the Lord your God.”     We often  force a test  on the Lord  with our disobedience  of all sorts.     We dare the Lord  to keep on  taking care of us,  despite our belligerent  waywardness.     Instead of doing our utmost  to live according to the loving ways  of the Lord,  people defiantly  and purposely sin  in order  to carry out  their own desires — daring the Lord  to continue caring  for them  and blessing them.

The Lord certainly is  loving  and caring.     But,  He is also just  and righteous.     As our loving heavenly Father,  He will apply  the right discipline  and judgment  for our disobedience.     Nobody will  get away with forcing  a test  on the Lord.

And the whole  of God’s word  needs  to be applied  to our lives.     Quoting a verse  out of context  is no different  from outright lying.     It is not wise  to listen  to anyone  who likes  to misconstrue God’s word,  and it is even worse  when we do it ourselves  in order  to justify  our sinful desires.     We need  to be like Jesus  when He was tempted.     He rightly applied  God’s word  to His life  and refused  to disobey God’s word  in the slightest way.

With Jesus  by our side  to strengthen us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for giving us  Your word  to guide us  in all righteousness  until we reach  our heavenly home.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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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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