FEBRUARY 18

Today's Bible Readings
     Exodus 1
     Job 18
     Luke 4
     I Corinthians 5
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''And Jesus answered and said to him, ''Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ''ye shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve." (Luke 4:8)
 
HIS TEMPTATION  AND OURS
            Satan's method of temptation has really not changed from the beginning. From the Garden of Eden to the temptation of Jesus, to his temptation of you today, it has always been the same. It is summed up by John in I John 2:16.  ''For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world.''
            When Satan approached Eve, he enticed her by deception that the fruit of the tree was: beautiful to see -the lust of the eyes; good for food  - the lust of the flesh, and would make one wise -the pride of life.
Satan approached Jesus the same way, and Jesus answered him in every case by saying, ''It is written." He overcame the enemy by the Word of God.
            The enemy doesn't have anything new for you today. He doesn't need anything new.  His old strategy is still working. He will confront you today with the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.
            Aren't you glad that Jesus was in all points tempted as we are and yet without sin. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was ''in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15)
You must be aware that the temptations of Jesus continued throughout His earthly life, and they will continue throughout the life of the Son of God in us. The question is, ''Are we going on with Jesus with the life we are living right now?'' When temptation comes to you, it is always something that is common to man. (I Corinthians 10:13) You may see it as a shortcut to the realization of your highest goal, and may be confused by it, but when you yield to it you have made lust your god. Don't be surprised by temptation because it will confront you on a regular basis. It is not something we can escape. In fact, it is essential to the well-rounded life of a person. It is common to the human race. God does not save us from temptation. He sustains us in the midst of them.
            We have the idea that we ought to shield ourselves from some of the things God brings around us. May it never be! It is God who engineers our circumstances, and whatever they may be we must see that we face them while continually abiding with Him in His temptations. They are temptations to the life of the Son of God in us. Jesus Christ's honor is at stake in our bodily lives. Are we remaining faithful to the Son of God in everything that attacks His life in us?
            Are you going on with Jesus? The way goes through Gethsemane, through the city gate, and on ''outside the camp." (Hebrews 13:13). The way is lonely and goes until there is no longer even a trace of a footprint to follow - but only the voice saying, ''Follow Me." (Matthew 4: 19)
            A life without temptation is a life without Jesus! As Jesus responded to Satan's temptations using the sword of the Word of God…we can also.  (Ephesians 6:17)  Remember, ''Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world."
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
Canada is a mosaic of indigenous and emigrant nations and peoples, many of whom have retained much of their original cultures. The high degree of cultural mixing makes classifications of the people there only approximate. It seems small compared to the United States, but there are now more than 35 million people in Canada which is a very sparsely populated area full of mountains, prairie grasslands, forests, and arctic tundras. God 's work in Canada needs our prayers. The Christian church has become marginalized in Canadian society. Evangelical witness has generally declined throughout the   20th Century. Most visionary movements that have started in Canada have fizzled. Canadian indigenous people are largely Christian in name, but active evangelistic churches among them are desperately few. There are 2,400 reservations without an ongoing evangelical witness. So how should we pray for Canada? Pray for a moving of God's Spirit and for the growth of strong churches.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''Our activity is just so much humbug to be waiting for this, night after night, month after month, if we ourselves are not right with God. I must ask myself - 'Is my heart good? Are my hands clean '?''
Comment from the great revival in the Hebrides