Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 27-28; Psalm 12

Area of Focus: Last Day in the Kitchen in January—What can I do to make my kitchen less cluttered, more organized, cleaner, and a more pleasant place to be?image

Each Tuesday is Duster Dance Day

Wednesday the 15th to Tuesday the 21st the Area of Focus will be the Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom, and Closet

Brooms and Brushes—

  • Store brooms and brushes either hanging from a hook or resting on their handles. If you rest the bristle end on the floor the bristles will eventually bend and break.
  • Label your brooms with the area they are to be used in—inside, outside, garage.
  • Rinse your brooms occasionally or use them to sweep snow off your steps.
  • Clean your brooms by running the bristles back and forth over the edge of your porch steps.
  • If the bristles spread out, dampen them and put a rubber band around them. Hang to dry for a couple of days and then remove rubber band.

Unpacking My Suitcase—Anatomy of Temptation

IMG_0351The enemy has a select few basic temptations that he brings on in different forms. We see him using these temptations both in the Garden of Eden and in his tempting of Jesus in the wilderness.

They are also described in 1 John 2:16:

New International Version
For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.

New Living Translation
For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

English Standard Version
For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
If you think I am stretching on this, remember the enemy is called the god of this world.

When the enemy in the form of the serpent tempted Eve in the garden, he did it by appealing to her eyes, her appetite, and her pride.

Genesis 3:6
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was

  • good for food                                      appetite
  • and pleasing to the eye,                        eye
  • and also desirable for gaining wisdom, pride

she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

When the enemy tempted Jesus in the wilderness:

Luke 4

New Living Translation

The Temptation of Jesus

1Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,a 2where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.

(Temptation: Appetite)

3Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.”

4But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’b

(Temptation: Eyes)

5Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6“I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please. 7I will give it all to you if you will worship me.”

8Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say,

‘You must worship the LORD your God

and serve only him.’”

(Temptation: Pride)

9Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! 10For the Scriptures say,

‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you.

11And they will hold you up with their hands

so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’”

12Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.’e

13When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.

Jesus was tempted as we are but notice what He did. He responded with the Word of God. Jesus, God with skin on and the Son of the Father, responded with Scripture.

This pretty much tells me that I need to pack myself full of His Word so when I am tempted I know where God stands and I go to stand with Him.

There is never a right to do wrong.

So watch your appetites. Where do you turn in times of stress? To food or drink or other soothing things of the flesh? Or the Word of God?

So watch your eyes. Where do you get your significance? From what you wear, where you live, or what you drive?

So watch your pride? Is your education, family, position, abilities only from your own efforts or is there One who has gifted you with your abilities and place in life?

There is a God. I am not Him. He has gifted me. I will thank and praise Him for His goodness to me.

There is an enemy who will try to separate me from my God. I will recognize that I do not fight with worldly weapons but with the Word of God in the power of God’s Holy Spirit, fully relying on my heavenly Father.

Hugs.

Mary

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bible Reading: Genesis 29-30; Psalm 13

Area of Focus:My Bedroom, Closet, En Suite Bathroom (January 15th  to 21st)IMG_0423

Wednesday is Desk Day:

  • Pay Bills
  • Take Care of Personal and Family Business–Calls? Cards? Emails?
  • File Needed Papers in a Way that Will Help Me Locate Them When Needed
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