Lenten Meditation 5, March 5

Sunday, March 5

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

by Debbie Estill

God knows we will be tempted as Adam and Eve were, but He wants us to resist temptation. When we do sin, He wants us to come before Him and confess with a sincere and contrite heart. He knows our true hearts because He created us. He does not want us to try and hide our transgressions or to not acknowledge our sin because He already knows every detail.

God wants us to lay our sin before Him and to humbly and reverently request His forgiveness. Physical death is the penalty for sin, man’s ultimate separation from God because all have sinned.

Jesus had no inclination to sin by actions, words or inner desires, and yet His temptation was was real and He was tempted in every way just like we are. “He defeated Satan by using a weapon that everyone has at his or her disposal; the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Let the Lord protect you in times of temptation and trouble, let Him teach and instruct the you regarding the path He has set for you. His unfailing love will surround those who trust in Him. Rejoice and be glad His grace has you in the palm of His hand.