Since he clings to me, I rescue him
After forty days without food, one is really
So the evil one instantly grabs the
“What a fool you are! Aren’t you the
Tell these stones to turn into loaves,
you will have something to eat.
Everyone needs to eat!”
The devil throws the same bait to us
Food. Security. Comfort. Bread.
So we tell our children:
“Study, my son, because today you can’t
anything without the necessary diplomas.”
So we grab every opportunity to work
… two jobs, overtime, whatever.
We work so much and we worry so much.
We need money.
Everything in life is so expensive
And we busy ourselves so much that
have time for anything else.
If necessary we go as far as selling
soul to the devil,
We put our parents in a nursing home
their own good!).
We break relationships because of money.
We betray our principles in order to
We choose not to have more children
children cost us more money today.
This is precisely why Jesus Christ
“Man does not live on bread alone but
every word that comes from the mouth
Better God in your heart than a huge
The devil does not give up.
“Look, dear Jesus, no one knows you.
You are just a carpenter from a small
I’ll tell you what to do.
Choose a day when there are many people
go up on the temple parapet,
and throw yourself down.
Don’t worry – nothing will happen to
The psalmist says that the angels will
you in their arms.
Then the people will give you a standing
ovation and hail you as the Messiah.
You need to be successful to reach
What’s wrong with changing your story
The devil is just as devious with us.
He whispers in our ears: why should
happy with what you have?
Let us face it…why did God make me
why can’t I do what I want with my
Why all this pain,
all these handicapped people?
We find it so hard to accept reality
We want things to be better than they
We want to explain to God what He should
We know better than him!
How wise Jesus is in his reply to Satan:
“Do not put the Lord your God to the
That is, let God work out your story
and do not get upset when things go
and not your way.
The devil however keeps pressing.
And he promises Jesus success, fame
“All this I give to you…”
But Jesus knows that success is just
He knows only too well that if the
of wheat does not die, it will not
Jesus does not let the devil deceive
And behold… the angels came to minister
We on the contrary, are puppets in
He plays games with us as he wishes.
But - this is the GREAT NEWS –
Jesus gives himself to us gratuitously.
And so we too, with Him fighting the
will be able to trample the devil underfoot
in our lives.
"Remember the long road by which Yahweh
led you for forty years in the desert,
to humble you, to test you,
and know your inmost heart,
whether you would keep his commandments
He humbled you, he made you feel hunger,
He fed you with manna,
which neither you nor your ancestors
to make you understand that human beings
live not on bread alone,
but on every word that comes from the
The clothes on your back did not wear
and your feet were not swollen, all
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