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“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.” Luke 4:1
Sympathy for The Devil
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Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'” Luke 4:5-8
Jesus shows us what it looks like to believe that we are, in fact, who God declares us to be.
So what about you, baptized child God? You have been sealed with the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ, forever. That is exactly whom God has declared you to be in your own baptism.
But oh, how easy it is to be tempted by doubts.
If you are a child of God, then why…
Why don’t you feel like one more often?
Why don’t you act like one more often?
As though your identity in Christ were determined by your feelings or even your actions.
Remember. Do this for the remembrance of me, Jesus said. And then he gave himself for the forgiveness of your sin. That’s who you are, a chosen, forgiven child of God.
Something worth remembering.
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. What are some of your most important identities? A parent? A student? Your job? An American? A Christian?
2. How do these affect your identity as a beloved child of God?
3. If you are a child of God, then…what?
Try starting each day this week by reminding yourself that you are a beloved child of God. First thing, before your feet hit the ground in the morning. Imagine with me hundreds and hundreds of POP members marching off into their day as God’s beloved children. Imagine.
See you in church,