Last night I modeled a quiet time for our Thursday night class and said that my favorite devotional book of all time is My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. This morning when I was reading my devotional for today, it was talking about Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, the subject of day 3 in week 5 of the new FP4H Bible study, Healthy Boundaries. I have copied below so you can see why I love this devotional book more than any other and have been using it since 1984. It is always fresh and new because it has been a year since I read it last. Because it is deep spiritual truth, it takes years to fully understand the content. Also, it is deep enough that it wakes me up as I read it while drinking my morning coffee.
There is a free app or you can go to utmost.org to read the devotional each day for free.
The reason I love the physical book is that I write significant life events that happen on that day and put the year beside it. I have been using the same book since 1990 and would be distressed if something happened to it because my life is literally in it.
Praying you all have a blessed weekend full of healthy food; physical, mental, emotional & spiritual.
From My Utmost For His Highest...
His Temptation and Ours
We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. — Hebrews 4:15
Until we are born again, the only kind of temptation we understand is the kind mentioned in James 1:14, “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” But through regeneration we are lifted into another realm where there are other temptations to face, namely, the kind of temptations our Lord faced. The temptations of Jesus had no appeal to us as unbelievers because they were not at home in our human nature. Our Lord’s temptations and ours are in different realms until we are born again and become His brothers. The temptations of Jesus are not those of a mere man, but the temptations of God as Man. Through regeneration, the Son of God is formed in us (see Galatians 4:19), and in our physical life He has the same setting that He had on earth. Satan does not tempt us just to make us do wrong things— he tempts us to make us lose what God has put into us through regeneration, namely, the possibility of being of value to God. He does not come to us on the premise of tempting us to sin, but on the premise of shifting our point of view, and only the Spirit of God can detect this as a temptation of the devil.
Temptation means a test of the possessions held within the inner, spiritual part of our being by a power outside us and foreign to us. This makes the temptation of our Lord explainable. After Jesus’ baptism, having accepted His mission of being the One “who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) He “was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness” (Matthew 4:1) and into the testing devices of the devil. Yet He did not become weary or exhausted. He went through the temptation “without sin,” and He retained all the possessions of His spiritual nature completely intact.
Wisdom From Oswald Chambers
Crises reveal character. When we are put to the test the hidden resources of our character are revealed exactly. Disciples Indeed, 393 R