A reading for Wednesday, September 24, 2014: Luke 4:1-13.

The temptations of evil can be summarized in three things... wealth, power and security.

Satan offers Jesus each of these in the lesson today. Bread from stones as unlimited resources and comfort, command over all the many kingdoms of the world as power, and of course the service of God's angels as security.

Jesus longs for something else. Simply to be dependent on God for life and comfort and even protection from harm is what he desires most when filled with the Holy Spirit. To know and to serve God is the true promise of good life.

Even now the temptations of evil are the same. Wealth, power and security are not things of the Spirit and we do well to remember.


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