Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. John 14:30.
We should have no misgivings in regard to the perfect sinlessness of the human nature of Christ.
He is a brother in our infirmities, but not in possessing like passions. As the sinless One, His nature recoiled from evil. He endured struggles and torture of soul in a world of sin. His humanity made prayer a necessity and privilege.
He could have sinned; He could have fallen, but not for one moment was there in Him an evil propensity.
In taking upon Himself man’s nature in its fallen condition, Christ did not in the least participate in its sin. He was subject to the infirmities and weaknesses by which man is encompassed…. He was touched with the feeling of our infirmities, and was in all points tempted like as we are. And yet He “knew no sin.” He was the lamb “without blemish and without spot.” Could Satan in the least particular have tempted Christ to sin, he would have bruised the Saviour’s head. As it was, he could only touch His heel. Had the head of Christ been touched, the hope of the human race would have perished. Divine wrath would have come upon Christ as it came upon Adam. Christ and the church would have been without hope.
Not even by a thought could Christ be brought to yield to the power of temptation…. Christ declared of Himself, “The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”
Jesus did not allow the enemy to pull Him into the mire of unbelief, or crowd Him into the mire of despondency and despair.
Christ’s humanity was united with divinity, and in this strength He would bear all the temptations that Satan could bring against Him, and yet keep His soul untainted by sin. And this power to overcome He would give to every son and daughter of Adam who would accept by faith the righteous attributes of His character.
The Faith I Live By p. 49
—–Please pray for Aunt Ellen who has a cancerous mass behind her eye. Thursday they are removing both the mass and her eye. Rose
—–My son-in-law’s mother just passed after open heart surgery. Please pray for the family in their time of loss. Sherry
—–I will need everyone’s prayers for me tomorrow. Going for an EUS-FNA. Mihaela
—– I am requesting special prayer for my dear 84 year old mother. She has gotten a bad case of the flu and she sounds terrible over the phone. Please pray for her that God will make her get well soon. Also my son with the PTSD is severely depressed. He’s off his meds and. I am trying so hard to get him to go to a Dr. to get meds. Please pray for him. Connie
When the weather gets very cold, we always leave a faucet dripping to keep the pipes from freezing. The temperatures have been colder than usual for the past few days and our neighbors failed to do the same even though we all got the same email suggesting that we keep our water dripping. Soon we saw the maintenance man working under their trailer to thaw their pipes. It took several hours.
The same is true in our spiritual life. Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37, 38 If we hold in God’s blessings, we will become “frozen” and “hard” just like frozen water pipes. If we do not share God’s Word, we become stagnant; but if we drink deeply of God’s goodness and allow it to flow out to others, then we are doubly blessed. We receive a joy that cannot be matched.
God has chosen us to be His witnesses and to share our blessings just as He chose the apostle Paul, “The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.” Acts 22:14,15 Peter and John also, when brought in for questioning, told the authorities “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” 4:19,20 Years later John wrote, “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3 Our experience can be a testimony that will draw hearts to the One from Whom all blessings flow. Our witness can bring others to the foot of the cross that they may also receive of God’s grace.
Jesus tells us, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matt 5:14-16 As we study God’s Holy Word, we are commissioned to share what we have found there with those around us as the opportunity arises. As we receive God’s material blessings, we are to help those in need. The physical as well as the spiritual blessings God has given us should not be hoarded, but shared. If they are not, we will think of ourselves only and become lifted up in our own sight. We will become out of balance and worth nothing.
May we recognize the blessings that our Loving Father gives us each day. May our hearts be filled with love and gratitude to Him for His goodness. May we, in turn, reach out to others and bring them to our Dear Saviour by sharing our blessings and our witness is my prayer.