Adam’s Devotional – March 14-20, 2019

From Adam…

Do you think Jesus ever struggled with his identity? The devil was banking on it when he tempted him in the dessert. The devil starts each and every temptation with the same phrase, “If you are the son of God…?” The first move the devil makes to tempt Jesus is to sow seeds of doubt.  Not doubt about God and not doubt about faith, but doubt about who Jesus was . . . about his identity. The devil is a one trick pony. The devil is simply tempting Jesus to disconnect his identity from the wild love of God. The devil says, “Get your identity from what you can do. Get your identity from your power.  Get your identity from your influence.  Get your identity from something you can control.” Each temptation is an invitation to have Jesus’ identity firmly secured in performance, influence, or power.  These three things are far tamer and easier to understand than the over the top love of God. The devil’s first and only step with each temptation is to make Jesus insecure about who he already is. The devil’s temptations thrive off of insecurity. Am I really loved?  Do I really matter?  Do I really belong? Any time you hear yourself spending a lot of time on those questions, the devil may be up to something. Jesus was secure in the knowledge that he was loved by God. After all, that’s the last thing God said to him before he went out into the dessert.  “You are my beloved son; with you I am well pleased.” Judging from Jesus’ response to the devil’s temptations, Jesus didn’t forget the reality of God’s love. Where are you on the security insecurity spectrum?  When, where, and how do you look to secure your identity in something other than God’s over the top love for you? Have you forgotten you are God’s beloved?  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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