Saturday, February 25, 2017
The Temptation of Identity
Quote of the day:
"Then Satan tempted Jesus in one other profound way. He tested Jesus at the point of his identity....
How did Jesus handle this temptation about his identity?...Jesus' answer was 'It is written.' What was the basis of Jesus' understanding of reality? Was it his feeling on a particular day? No. Jesus derived his sense of identity from his relationship to God and from the written Word of God.
If Satan attacked Jesus first at the level of his identity, we can expect a similar assault. Jesus shows us that our self-image, our sense of worth, our understanding of who we are must be rooted in God's Word. How we happen to feel about ourselves on a particular morning has nothing to do with it."
Rebecca Manley Pippert, writing in her book, Out of the Salt-Shaker and Into the World
"Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, 'You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.'" Luke 3:21-22