GOD IS NOT AN IDEA

The theory which suggests that God is an idea of man, originates from a pursuit of religious conformities. However, God is neither an idea nor an evolving claim but He is the essence of all life and its component thus he does not change and is not confined to any given religion but he is all in all through Christ (deity dwelling bodily, Colossians 2: 9).

Religion indoctrinates us into thinking that God is a being far from human reach and comprehension however, the teaching of Moses and Jesus Christ reveals that God is closer to us through familial relationship: “You are the sons of the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 14:1 (John 5) ). But, our narrow knowledge that is based on measures, examination, and analysis may not quantify his actuality without a revelation. Therefore, he indicated to Moses a reference to his name to be I Am (God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I Am has sent me to you: Exodus 3:14). “I am” infers to existence and Jesus taught that God is Spirit.  Fundamentally, God referred to himself as the existing one, for that reason, men need no narrative of his being rather an essential experience of his person.

We can deduce from the scriptures that the realism of God is obtainable to the universe through mankind (God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, Genesis 1:26). Thus, the intended purpose of man’s life is to exist as god in the material world (for “as he is so also are we in this world” 1 john 4:17). That is to say, the evidence of God’s existence is substantiated through the original objective for mankind’s existence as the scriptures says, ‘I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you” Psalms 82: 6. Thus the proof that God exist is man.

Jesus Christ, from who we learn the description of God, related to him as Father. John especially propagated that Jesus’ mission on earth was to restore the familial relationship that existed between God and man when he said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). This Paul explained that through him (Jesus) we both have access in one Spirit to the Father (Ephesians 2: 18). The bible teaches that though he is the son of God he exists as the son of man (John 5). The complexity of this account leaves many speculating with his being but the author of Hebrews says that he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted (Hebrews 1-2) thus he became to us the pattern for our life as sons of God.

The life of Jesus Christ is the most excellent example of man being God in the universe. It’s unfortunate that unbelief steals the beauty of this truth. It is through incredulity that we expel ourselves from our status and purpose living on the earth in vagabond and prodigal states thus shutting our life in utter darkness (ignorance) eventually destruction (John 10:10).

The greatest deception that exist in the world is founded on man’s desire for autonomy; this is seen in the persuasive words of serpent to Eve as he told her, “God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” Genesis 3: 5. This statement “you will be like God” is drawing them who were made in the image and likeness to seek to be God all by themselves. However, our existence is systematised to be subject to the life of God in that “the Lord God… breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature (Genesis 2:7). Therefore, man can by no means be sovereign because he is God’s dependant.

Egocentric mind thus has become enmity with God. Individuality promotes evil and destruction of lives in the world. It is prominently and disguisedly referred to as capitalism; each man for himself kind of society. The biblical term widely used for self-centeredness is carnality: indulgencies that seek to gratify egocentricity. Paul’s discussion concerning the flesh reveals that carnality is being without the Spirit of God; it is reliance on norms that gratify self-absorption thus leading to death(Romans 8:1-11). Therefore God said that the day man shall feed from this tree he will surely die (Genesis 2:17). Death thus is living in reliance to one’s strive for life’s purpose. The Ecclesiastes refers to it as vanity of vanities. This is sin therefore.

An empty soul (without the Spirit of God) is a lustful one; all its desire is keen to fill this void. Lust once maturated leads one to purposeless foolish deeds and indeed wickedness; a contemptible life whose wage is death. God in his mercy pursues mankind so as to deliver them from self-destruction. Thus, he renews us through our conformity to the image of God who is Christ as Paul edify the church in Ephesus to put on the new-self created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:23) thus if anyone is in Christ, he is a  new creation (2 Corinthians 5:16).

Being in Christ is the point where we acknowledge our dependency in God in all our purpose as Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise” (John 5:19). That is to say our life finds purpose in representing God. Therefore, one who believes in God must manifest him to the entire universe for the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God (Romans 8:19).

In conclusion, I wish to clearly state that the evidence that God is, is enshrined in man. If anyone seeks to know God then he must read him through Jesus Christ who is the Word of God. Therefore, by grace we are saved through faith in Christ Jesus. Faith comes to us through hearing and hearing by the word of Christ. Thus, we cannot put God in a test-tube and experiment his existence but we listen, we hear, we reason and we practice what we hear. Belief is the only way.

Belief is an attitude coded by the principle of representation (Jon 3:16-21). Belief ascertains our position in God as John said, “To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” John 1:12. Thus, to believe is to live in conformity to the word of God.

The underlying question now is what the word of God is. John opened his book poetically saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” John 1:1-5 Thus, the Word of God is the person of God whose aim of existence is to enlighten mankind so that they can live in their predestination. This person of God is Christ whom Paul described as one “in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell… in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily (Colossians 1: 19; 2:9). Paul wrote this in the context of admonishing from doctrines that takes the church captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. From this text we see that the word of God is preserved in the life of man, this is Jesus Christ.

Thus believing is living according to the principle and pattern of life that Jesus Christ taught and lived. This eventually lands us to the image and likeness of God which defines the principle of representation. Thus God is evidenced in and through mankind.

 

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HAVE FAITH

Faith is a word particularly mentioned in relation to religion. The world’s understanding of religion contradicts with christian understanding of religion.

The world defines religion as “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.” In contrast according tho the writings of Paul, Peter and James in the bible, religion is defined as performing genuine acts of mercy and charity: Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27 also read 1 Timothy 5).

The world defines faith as “strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof.” This is entirely not so for christian understanding of faith is based on a interactive and revelation based relationship as compared to having unproven strong belief: “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4. Christians know that God is to them firstly Father, he is their source and life. Their role is representative  they are sons of God (Deuteronomy 14: 1 you are the sons of the Lord your God).

Therefore, faith is the interaction between God and his sons (mankind). The communication of who God is, is packaged inform of man: God said, “Let us make ma in our image, after our likeness Genesis 1:26). In John 1: 1…14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Thus the evidence of God is supposed to be realised through mankind. But due to their rebellious and deceived nature, mankind seeks to see God in mysticism contradicting the nature and life of God as installed and bestowed in him (man).

Since science is a systematic enterprise that  builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe then faith is a persuasive interaction with knowledge that is deeply rooted in mankind in relation to God. Jesus Christ forms the foundation of faith in that he showed us the relationship between God and man is a Father and Son relationship whereby they live together in oneness expressing each other in their scope of influence. That is to say man manifests and expresses God in the universe.

So is faith in contradiction with science? certainly not, because man evidently is the expression of God. Unfortunately the nature of God is depleted in mankind due to unbelief. The world teaches that believe is accept that (something) is true, especially without proof, But Christian understand that believe is the workings of God in, among and through mankind in order to perfect out, of knowledge and revelation, the corrupted nature of mankind to conformity and consistency with the excellent nature of God. The work of believe is embedded in one Jesus Christ who is the excellent and perfect expression of deity dwelling bodily (physically).

Faith is the cord that makes God and man one. It is based on the word that he has revealed in the true son as expressed through Jesus Christ. He Jesus Christ is the man set for a ensample to all mankind what the true life of God is.  Therefore to have faith is to have a bond of covenantal relationship with God who is Spirit as we express him in the natural.

WORSHIP IS THE LIFEWAY OF GOD’S SON

Introduction:

  1. WORSHIP

Worship is a bond of covenantal relationship between God and man (His Son). The initiator of this covenant is God who has sealed it with his own Name. He established this through a sacrifice he offered of himself in Jesus Christ so that we may come to our true status in Him.

The understanding of our true position in God has thus been made available to us by faith in Christ (for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith, Galatians 3:26). This knowledge comes to us through our relationship with God expressed as worship. You will realise that from the beginning, this bond has its origin from God who said, ‘let us make man in OUR image and likeness.’ Genesis 1:26. Therefore, the degree of our relationship with God is embedded in our likeness to Him as revealed through Jesus Christ illustrated by this statement, “From now on you do know him and have seen him (John 14:7).”

Moses described this relationship plainly as Father-Son relationship as quoted in Deuteronomy 14:1 “You are the sons of the Lord your God.” This revelation liberates us and brings us to our rightful standing and authority that is sons of God. Worship has more to do with representation and the demonstration of one’s relationship with God. Thus worship is expressed in the relationship of God and His Son. This representative position is defined as service as Moses wrote, “and I say unto thee, let my son go that he may serve me: Exodus 4:23”

Following the scripture above we realize that our freedom in God is expressed by our ability to serve him away from worldly bondages like Pharaoh’s bondage and enslavement on the Hebrew nation of Israel. These worldly repressions refer to secular and religious traditions that are devoid of Christ. They demand effort and are manipulative, hence, a working towards ethics that cannot by any means realise the kingdom of God.

Man’s wits were subjected to believe that God’s command can be doubted, argued or being exposed to scrutiny when Eve listened to the voice of Satan which misrepresented God’s mind towards them (Adam and Eve) (Genesis 3). She was brought to the point of questioning the commandment and viewing the word of Satan as having desirable qualities. Her desire to partake of the forbidden opened doors to temptations that indeed led to sin; falling short of the glory of God they both, Adam and Eve, lived against God’s will for them seeing that each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death (James 1:14-15).

The LORD’s will for all men is that all men might be saved (freed) through the knowledge of truth from the bondage of sin that leads to death (John 8:32: 1; Timothy 2:4, Hebrews 10:26). So, liberty of the son is given to he who receives the truth by faith. The term “let” infers to giving authorization. Thus, “Let my son go that he may serve me” happens in rest: which means, one does not regain son-ship status through personal efforts but is so authorised by God through receiving his Word of truth that liberates realising that “you shall know the truth and it will set you free. John 8:32”

Then, as many as received Him (word) he gave the authority to be sons of God (John 1:12) this authority liberates him from all bondages and subjections which the world has brought him into. In Matthew 11:27-30, Jesus introduces us to his liberty and rest: “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” You will appreciate that his is a calling (come to me) and to him who heeds to this call is given authority. Hence, coming into son-ship with Christ affords us liberty with authority to do all that pertains to this freedom.

Jesus was sent as the word of God who reveals Him but not as a religion. He therefore is the established foundation that God uses to reform mankind from self-destructive attitudes to eternal position of life and authority called son of God. This reformation comes through the process referred to as being born again.

Jesus described this process saying, “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”  The elements that enhance this birthing are water and Spirit. Paul’s defined the metaphor of water as the word (Ephesians 5:26) and Jesus said that we are clean because of the word he has spoken (John 15:3). The word of God and the Spirit enriches us in Christ.

The word of God is the mind of God spoken to us through Christ to govern our ways (How can a young man keep his way pure? It is by guarding it according to your word, Psalms 119:11). The scriptures reveal it so that by it the son may live. Therefore, it forms the law of God in our hearts leading to righteousness which guarantees life eternal.

It is required that we have faith in the word of God because faith substantiates and proofs it. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith is the element that actively implements the law of God in its revealed reality birthing righteousness which justifies our position in Christ as sons of God. Faith comes by believing which works it out, building character that is based on the word. This is enhanced by the person of the Spirit of God.

The Spirit is the person in God who reveals the mind of God to the son born of God thus the son must live and walk in the Spirit who helps him to actualise and live in the reality of the mind of God (These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God, 1 Corinthians 2:10-11).

To be born again therefore is to live according to the word of God as guided by the Holy Spirit and representatively implement all that is God’s in the earth. This way we understand and experience the kingdom of God: that is, live and practise the principles and customs of God here on earth.

Thus, the Word is the authentic standard by which we are governed in God’s kingdom. Jesus Christ is he who administers this government and God affirmed his position when he said, “And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”  Luke 9:35. This “listen to him” denotes heeding by way of implementation.

Therefore, our ultimate destination in life is God “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him”. An heir of God is the supreme purpose for which God mandated Jesus to bring salvation to mankind. It is the definitive mind of God for us all.

The process (born and given) presents us to creation as sons of God who administers His purposes to them. Now, when the son is full-grown he is given to the task of managing his father’s estate, otherwise, this responsibility is performed by a servant who renders him a slave to traditions and rules: that is religion instead of grace.

The servant who is responsible on our behalf is the law which is the focus of religions. But, God has given us grace by which we are formed into the full stature of Christ. Grace matures us unto inheritance. Thus by grace the son is given. (For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. John 1: 16-18).

Grace is the power that makes us distinguished persons. It is the rule of God in his kingdom. Grace and the word are inseparable. It is constitutes the economy of God that enables the son to reign and rule in His kingdom.

Grace therefore is the power given to God’s son enabling him to establish God’s purposes in the earth. Because our service to God is so through an abiding, yoking means that the son is bound to God through a familial girdle.  This tie serves us with freedom and rest exhibited by humility and service; this is the law and the obligation of the son.

It is a discipline that demands for revelatory relationship with God established through Jesus Christ by cultivating His disposition. Hence with this understanding we are at liberty to be sons of God through the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8).

Thus, we are bound to the nature and characteristic of the son of God. Hence, while we serve God, we give room for His word to shape our life such that our way of life and God’s word cannot be told apart. The disposition in His word shapes ours for this reason God’s culture entrenched in His word becomes our absolute life.

Worship communicates to us humility and service (work).  In creating His image in man God requires that we receive his breath so that we can live and no longer be dust of the ground. Humility is being in the view that God is the constituent that makes us who we are and hence by the way of Christ we are conformed to his nature symbolized in that He poured out his person to be represented in “dust.”

Therefore the work of God in man (dust) is instigated through believe. John 6:29 says “this is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he sent.” Believe is ignited by the word of God that reveals Him which is the breath of life that on receiving we obtain power or authority to become sons of God. Thus, culmination of God’s work is in fashioning His image and likeness in man: that is His representative person in the Son.

So, believe produces faith that evidently substantiates the nature of God’s son in a man. It is a journey towards rebuilding relationship with God. When he speaks, God seeks to reveal His self; hence, the “I am that I am” (Exodus 3:14) description of His name means that his intended relationship with the son is built upon disclosures of his person, for that reason, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17): and it creates his nature in the believer.

To believe, therefore, is ‘to have faith in’. It is consideration of a matter; a reasoning together with the LORD (Isaiah 1:18). Thus, produces a transformation in one’s mind that results from repentance hence conformation to the image of the son of God.

In Matthew 11: 27 we read “all things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither any man the Father, save the Son and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.” This shows that the revelation of God is based and informed through his relations with the son. Therefore, faith subjects us to the disclosures of the Father in the Son through His Spirit thus constructing a disposition that births us into our rightful inheritance even heirs of God therefore sons of God.

Faith, therefore, liberates us from heavy burdens that secularism and mere religiousness places on our shoulders, hence we are set free from servitude into being lord of all since we know and have the Father through the Spirit of his Son “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith” 1 John 5: 3 (Galatians 4 also Romans 8). Having been liberated we enter into the Sabbath of God, meaning we need not to labour for our placement in God because the spirit of liberty works in us and through us, hence our obligation is towards Him and the rest he gives: we come into the spheres of His grace.

Grace helps us understand that, we naturally are under the authority and power of the flesh and so our obligations, ideologies and doctrines in human nature are inclined to the flesh, but when the Spirit of Christ settles in by the word of truth, we are liberated from the flesh and are under the authority and power of the Spirit of Christ therefore our obligation to the Spirit is liberty so, as many are led by the Spirit of God, are the (only) sons of God and so the Spirit himself testifies with him that he is son of God , and the Father through this liberty has endowed us with the status and privileges of the Son (Romans 8 and Galatians 4).

God, the Father, will have that the Son has no other union apart from Father-Son union. He cannot find his fellowship with other things for indeed the intended mind of God is that the son is one with Him (John 10:30; I and my Father are one). So therefore, having a relationship as such with other things (worldliness) dissociates the son from the Father and this is a bridge of God’s will. This is Sin that translates the son to death.

Jesus Christ became the sacrifice who restores us back to the Father-Son relationship hence eternal life. He has established us in Himself as the Corporate son of God being baptized in his death and rising into life by the Spirit: Being declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4). Thus we are heirs and co-heirs of God with He; for the Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are sons of God (Romans 8: 16-17 also Galatians 4:5-6).

The Son of God is He who does the will of God in the earth by demonstrating representatively the nature of God to the world (You are the sons of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 14:1) thus, he influences the world and its system with God’s nature.

Thus the Son of God is the image and the likeness of God: He is the image of the invisible God. The work or the burden of God upon our shoulders is endeavouring to build ourselves in Christ till we attain the fullness of His stature; this is by grace of Christ, love of the Father and fellowship of the Spirit. This is the definition of worship.

Worship therefore infers to the representation and the demonstration of one’s relationship with God that is derived from our faith in Christ that avails us grace, fellowship and love with God in the spirit. Thus worship is expressed in the relationship of God and His Son. Therefore it is in order to say that worship is the lifeway of God’s son. Hence, God is worshiped in and through the Son.

OVERCOMING TEMPTATIONS

Introduction:

{ The Hebrew noun massâ, ordinarily translated as temptation, is derived from the verb nāsâ, meaning to try, prove, put to the test. The Hebrew verb bāḥan, originally meaning to assay (metals), is also used figuratively of God testing men. However, Hebrew does have several verbs with the specific meaning of seducing, or alluring into evil, such as hit‘âhēsît (from sût ), and niddaḥ (nip‘al of ndḥ :). In classical Greek the verb peirazó (πειράζω) is used, first in the sense of “to attempt,” and then in the meaning of “to try, to test,” but not in the meaning of “to tempt” to evil. The noun peirasmos (πειρασμός) is an almost exclusively Biblical word, meaning not only trial or test, but also temptation (to evil).

Temptation is a situation in which one experiences a challenge to choose between fidelity and infidelity to one’s obligations toward God. Temptation presumes that God’s word has been given and connotes the covenant relationship. Adherence to the covenant is fidelity (ḥesed ), which entitles the faithful partner to a reward. God is never unfaithful to His own word. Man, however, by being seduced or deceived, trusts creatures, thereby testing God’s patience. The evils that befall God’s people appear as manifestations of His anger merited by infidelity}

Each one of us in Christ yearns for a virtuous life, but then enticements towards living a corrupted life seems more appealing to us as compared to setting our life to leaning on God’s word. James wrote that each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire and Paul said that such persons do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own appetites (James 1: 13-15 and Romans 16:17-19).

Temptations roots from hungriness and our responses to them are derived from our foundation and inclinations. A house founded on a firm ground cannot be destroyed easily when occurrences of nature are against their stability. Thus a person who is grounded upon Christ will prevail over temptations since their disposition and stand in informed by His nature. Christ is by definition one in whom the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily (Colossians 1:19 and 2: 9).

Falling into temptations disapproves your status in God. Adam and Eve ought to have been the firstborn son in matter of life; their status was reduced to death. Christ overcame all temptations and was pronounced the beloved son of God who we shall listen to. Thus, God approved him to be the Word that became flesh.

How Christ was tempted

Jesus Christ was tempted just as we were and just as Adam and Eve. “Since, therefore, the sons share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil…” Hebrews 2: 14. He unheeded to his desires therefore putting to death the members that contended with the Spirit of Christ in him, overcoming carnality by the word of God.

As in Luke 4: 1- 12, we shall categorise the temptations that he went through as follows:

  1. Soul’s desires: The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone.’

The devil was saying that if you are the Son of God, then you can do whatsoever your soul desires. You can break any principles of faith in order that you might satisfy your soul’s desires. But Jesus Christ pointed us to the eternally established word of God; therefore, a man does not live in order to satisfy his longings. His satisfaction should come by doing God’s will as compared to nurturing his lusts.

Everyone hankers after some ambitions that seemingly define their purpose, thus they toil all their life long trying to verify themselves before others, as the temptation reads “if you are the son of God, validate yourself in such and such a manner!”  In Christ is our divine predestination that is eternally established, but, do we need to ascertain it by defying eternally established principles, for example, bread comes from grain not from stones. By turning stone into bread, Jesus would have broken the law of faith that is the word of God for instance, “And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.”

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work (John 4: 34). Here we understand that the mind of Christ is focused on living one’s preordained purpose by faith. The greatest deception that we enter into is placing emphasis on what we can do apart from faith (faith makes grace available for us). Faith thus by description is the bond of covenant that binds God and man together.  It is established by the word of God who is Christ the sacrifice that harmonises God and man; thus establishing Father and Son relationship. Therefore, we overcome this deception having knowledge man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

  1. Trust in your achievements: And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’”

Riches and possessions seem to be a great achievement in one’s life. They assume one’s place of authority and glory. The more materially wealthy you are in the world, the more people pay homage to you. One would desire such a place. Men worship their achievements more than they value their own life. Jesus warned that we should take care of covetousness because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions (Luke 12:13).

Covetousness (love for money) is idolatry. Having such one gets puffed up with self-importance, falling into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge him into ruin and destruction. Idolatry struggles with faith thus; those who trust in their riches do die and leave their wealth to others, because they have foolish confidence. Even when they die they carry nothing with them, they will perish and never shall they see light. Even after putting their trust in their possessions, it shall not save them (Psalm 49 and Job 27).

This is not in disregard to making wealth but a fulfilling wealth comes from dependence on God and in his everlasting word. Thus we make wealth having the knowledge that we have the grace to do so (Genesis 1: 28, be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth). This is our faith.

To serve God in the confines of grace is far much greater than pursuit of riches without godliness. This is because we know that we are enriched in every way through grace producing thanksgiving instead of murmur after an endless toil. Thus we do not worship what we can achieve through our hand, but we worship God who gives us power to make wealth.

 

  1. Live in unbelief: And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” And Jesus answered him, “It is said, You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’

The devil was implying to Jesus that the word of God is not to be trusted; That is, we must put God to the task of substantiating his word. But what we know that whatever God said it became and he saw that it was good. Thus we know as God’s sons that God’s word is trustworthy and faithful.

Doubting God’s word prompts us to put him to a test. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised… my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him. (Hebrews 10:36-38).

Jesus knew that God whose faithfulness and steadfastness is established forever will do what he said thus there would require no need to test his faithfulness for He said “…I am watching over my word to perform it.” Jeremiah 1:12.

Here is a summary of how we are tempted according to Luke 4:1-12:

  1. We are tempted to overlook God’s will in his word in order to follow our appetites.
  2. We are tempted to think that our achievements and possessions define who we are
  3. We are tempted to place uncertainties in God’s eternal word thus testing.

Below are three pointers to how we can overcome temptations Jesus’ way:

  1. Understand that God’s will in his word and our predestination in him defines our purpose and life
  2. Have the knowledge that everything is ours in God who has given us all things in life to enjoy who is our glory.
  3. Trust in God’s eternal faithfulness.