Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God.
After 40 days in the wilderness, when Jesus was at His weakest moment, Satan presented the first temptation. I call it STUFF. In Christ's case, it was food. Certainly, His hunger was justified.
'The devil said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread' (Luke 4:3). Jesus rebuked him by quoting Scripture.
What stuff tempts you? For 'old me,' it was food. I was a plump kid and a fatter teen who peaked at 360 pounds until the ripened age of 36.
Today, just under 2 billion adults are classified: overweight or obese. But maybe food isn't your tempting stuff.
Maybe it's smoking, alcohol or drugs? Entertainment, high-tech gadgets or s_x? A beautiful and well-appointed house? A beautiful and well-appointed you?
I believe the temptation I call 'stuff' comes first, because it's such a common stumbling block. My biblical translation: Stuff = Lust.
Stuff seems desirable for a minute, but when the fun, flair, or flavor wears off, we crave our next bite, flick, fix, fling, or thing.
Stuff distracts us- from both troubles and truth. It steals our time... and Christians aren't immune. If we truly love Jesus, then we're saved, but who have we inspired along the way? What is our legacy? Surely not stuff.
Most of us know stuff comes with strings attached: strings that grow into unbreakable chains. On the other Hand, Jesus set us free. How do we experience this freedom? We must follow our Savior's Example.
We pray and speak God's Words to the stuff.
But remember--cutting through a thick chain may take one whack or repeated
attempts. Perhaps it requires slower chiseling. God sets the speed, but freedom surely comes.
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NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Three Common Temptations series.