2/23 - "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and
between your offspring and her Offspring; He shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise His heel." (Gen. 3:15 -ESV) As we enter further
into Lent, we need to remember the emphases of Lent - our
sins and Christ's sufferings for our sins. Ever since Adam and Eve
fell into sin, there has been enmity (conflict) between mankind and
Satan. But in this very first Gospel promise included in Scripture, God
shows us the ultimate outcome - Christ's victory over Satan. May this
be uppermost in our minds during Lent.
"Make me to know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in
Your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation." (Psalm
25:4-5a - ESV) These words, written by the Psalmist centuries ago,
still make a very meaningful and appropriate prayer for Lent.
- "As God's fellow workers, we urge you not to receive God's grace in
vain." (2 Cor. 6:1 - NIV) Paul's encouragement to the Christians in
Corinth could, and should, be followed by Christian ministers today.
God continues to offer His grace to all people.
The work of Christian ministers is still to encourage sinners to
receive that grace, with the help of the Holy Spirit, and grow in it.
- "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace."
(Hebr. 4:16a - ESV) As we are shown again and again, during this
Lenten season, the great love and mercy of God, how can we not respond
to this love by confidently drawing near to His great throne of grace
and throwing ourselves on His mercy?
2/27 - "Then
Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the
devil." (Matt. 4:1 - ESV) We all know about Satan's temptations -
how he attacks when we least expect it; how he can make things look so
inviting and pleasurable; how he reminds us that "everyone else is doing
it"; and on and on. Jesus experienced Satan's temptations as well.
But unlike us, He always came out the
winner. How? By using God's Word against Satan! Something to keep in