We are all different. You and I are not alike. We have been created by our Heavenly Father, with specific and unique qualities of our own. We have our own set of fingerprints, specific in identifying us. We have our own unique mind, body and heart. Each one of us has our own ability to think, act, and react in whatever way we choose. This is an absolutely amazing gift. We have been designed to be special. Different. Individual. One of a kind. As we begin this day, let us reflect on our unique ability to be ourselves. The next 46 days are a special opportunity for us to take a deeper look within ourselves. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness. He used this time to pray, fast, and face the temptations of the devil. These days were His days of preparation. Jesus knew He needed to be strong…which meant He needed to take time away and seek God. The next few days, leading up to Easter, give us an opportunity to seek God in a more intimate way. This is a time of purposeful, spiritual reflection. I invite you to share these next 46 days (40 not counting Sundays)…as a time to nourish your relationship with Jesus. Consider giving this gift to yourself. Commit to a few more moments a day, of specific prayer. Reflect on what you are struggling with, and allow Jesus to help you work through it. Think of what you know you can eliminate in your life, and fast from those things during this time. Many people commit to fasting (eliminating) chocolate, sugar, bread, or meat for the next 40 days. Some may eliminate social media, or television. It does not matter what…what matters is that we recognize the sacrifice of Jesus, and what He has done for us. We have the promise of eternal life because of Jesus. Praise God for His promises to us, through His Son.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ ”
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
God is with us.