“Spiritual Knowledge Is Power” from Jeanie Shepard Ministries

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Scripture References: Matthew 3:13-17; 4:1-11

After Jesus was baptized, He was declared the Son of God by His Father. He was then led into the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights, by the Holy Spirit. The devil appeared in a visible form and he spoke with an audible voice. His mission was to tempt Jesus to sin against God.

“If thou be the Son of God, command these stones to be made bread,” he said.

His intent was to plant a seed of doubt into the mind of Christ. He wanted Jesus to doubt His Divine Sonship. Jesus replied, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Though he laid his divinity aside, Jesus had not forgotten who his Father declared him to be.

Below, I have shared a few facts that I believe may enrich you strategically before the onset of every spiritual battle. Spiritual armor and weapons are what we use to defeat the enemy. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high place; (Eph. 6:12-18).

#1 – Know your identity in Christ, and know who you belong to.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light, (1 Peter 2:9 KJV).

The devil observed Jesus’ outward appearance and concluded that after 40 days and nights Jesus had to be very hungry and weak. After all, he is just a man who needed food for nourishment and strength. Jesus consistantly quoted what was already written in the Scriptures.

#2 – You must submit to God first!

Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you; (James 4:7 KJV).

Then devil took Jesus to the holy city and sat him on a pinnacle of the temple; (Matt. 4:5). He said, “If you are the Son of God throw yourself down.” The devil was tempting Jesus to jump from the highest point to see if God will command angels to catch him; (Ps. 91:11). Jesus replied, “It is written: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”

The serpent used the same tactics with Eve in the Garden of Eden. He used the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to tempt her, and she took the bait. “Go ahead and eat the fruit, you won’t die, you’ll be like God,” he said, (paraphrased). So, Eve exchanged the spoken truth of God’s word for satan’s lie. Disobedience resulted in the fall of man; (Gen. 3).

#3 – God is forever faithful; all of His promises are true.

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You’ll Be Surprised

Doing Tai Chi with the seniors at the adult day care center, a guest who was new to it asked, “What’s that gonna do?”  I told him, “you’ll be surprised,” knowing how Tai Chi is known to greatly improve one’s health.  Many years ago I offered to pray for a man involved in a minor traffic accident.  He was shaking and agitated with his two small sons in tow and concerned that he’d be formerly charged.  He gladly agreed to prayer and became calm.  Some onlookers though smirked to each other like, “what’s that gonna do?”   Jesus says in Mark 5:36, “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.”
Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest, August 28, said, “Prayer is not a matter of changing things externally, but one of working miracles in a person’s inner nature.”

Father, help Your people believe You and Your tremendous power and love.  You never stop surprising me, but You’re just true to Your word.

Pray for Your Neighbors

and those you don’t like, without exception, says Jesus in Matthew 5:43-48.  Are they revelling in the dark side?  They could be your relatives, too.  Jesus is the Power over the darkness in our lives.  He is all authority in heaven and in earth.  He alone is the Key to the Door of life (John 10:9), Holy life.

Some believers say, ‘okay condemn those evil doers,’ but we wrestle not against flesh & blood, but against powers and principalities of darkness (Ephesians 6:12-18).

God’s love is the greatest power, it’s beyond our comprehension.  That’s why He allowed His son, Jesus, to die for the forgiveness of our sins(?).  Because He loves us.  He made us, we’re His creation, the sheep of His pasture (Psalm 100:3).

Jesus is on His throne in heaven and dwells in us as the Holy Spirit, when we invite Him in (Revelation 3:20).