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WEDNESDAY 30th JAN. 2019

THEME: RIGHT TIME FOR THE DEVIL

PASSAGE: LUKE 4:1-13
1. And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2. Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. 3. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 4. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. 5. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 7. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 8. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 9. And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 10. For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 11. And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 12. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 13. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

MESSAGE
Rites of passage are special ceremonies and celebrations which mark the most important progression from one stage in one’s life to another. Sociologists call such ceremonies ‘rites of passage.’ In Christianity, rites include baptism, confirmation, marriage and funeral. During such rites of passage, the person may be exposed to danger in order to test whether he or she is mature enough to face his new life. It is essential that such a person be initiated into the new group and society with the least possible delay in order that he or she may once again have a normal place in the community.

Only people, who have passed through all the strains and problems of human life and no longer fear anything, are qualified to officiate at rites of passages. In the case of Jesus, the devil tested Him in order to determine whether He (Jesus) was truly human and truly the Son of God. During the temptation, Jesus demonstrated His worthiness to bear the titles of Saviour, Christ and the Lord, and that He was totally loyal to God, His Father. Those who bear “Christian” names without passing the test of worthiness (Circumcision of heart) cannot be true children of God.

HYMN: EMHB 821
1: STAND up, stand up for Jesus,
Ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner,
It must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory
His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished,
And Christ is Lord indeed.

2: Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
The trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict,
In this His glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve Him
Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger,
And strength to strength oppose.

3: Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
Stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you,
Ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor,
Each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls or danger,
Be never wanting there.

4: Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
The strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle,
The next the victor’s song.
To those who vanquish evil
A crown of life shall be;
Him with the King of Glory
Shall reign eternally.

MEMORY VERSE: Luke 4:13 “And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.”

PRAYER:
Lord, give me an assurance of salvation in order that the devil will know that I am more than a conqueror in Jesus Christ’s name

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