A Message from Pastor Ruth
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness 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 shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Matthew 4:1-4
This month we begin our Lenten journey. Lent is a time of spiritual preparation for Christians as we follow Jesus’ journey through his testing in the wilderness to the cross. The preparation period often includes prayer, scripture reading, personal reflection, giving, and self-denial. Some Christians choose to fast.
In Matthew we see that Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit and he was tempted by the devil. We also undergo temptations of all kinds. In the Lord’s Prayer we see: “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” That is exactly what Jesus came to do.
Jesus led the way for us when he entered the wilderness. He was tempted three times and three times had victory. How did Jesus do it? Each time the devil tempted him he quoted scripture. The Word of God is powerful and active. It works in our lives and hearts and enables us to prevail over temptation and thwarts the plans of the enemy.
Many of you may decide to fast during Lent but I also invite you to feast; feast on the Word of God. As we walk toward the cross let’s set our minds and hearts on being overcomers.
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Ruth Blais