Scripture Reading: Luke 4:13
And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.
Reflections: On three different occasions, Jesus was provoked by the devil through the medium of temptation. Rather than yielding to the provocation, Jesus submitted to the word of God. This messed up the plans of the devil and he had to leave Jesus alone. Often times in life we are provoked by the devil through the action of people around us. When we allow ourselves to be driven by their provocation, we put the devil in control. However when our response to the provocation demonstrates our submission to scripture, we put God in control. By so doing we rather get the devil messed up. Like Jesus, let your reaction to provocation be driven by scripture. It will put the devil on the loosing side!
Prayer: Oh Lord, help me to always put you in control of my life.
Confession: I will always put God in control whenever I am provoked!