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Reflections - 16 November 2014 

Advancing By Resting in Your Identity in Christ


Luke 4:2 "for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And Jesus ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry."


As we continue to advance God's agenda in our lives, we have to be mindful that the enemy seeks to retard our progress and he does so through common temptations.


Fatigue and exhaustion can cloud our judgment and this is one of the vulnerable moments where he chooses to strike. In Jesus' case, it was "if you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” While it would be perfectly legitimate for Jesus to turn stones into bread at any time of His life, this moment would be one which He must refrain. And not because of the request per se but its origin thereof.


Jesus understood that His identity was not pegged to a performance and therefore it would have been senseless to "prove" His identity. If He had gone ahead to do so, He would have opened the first of many doors to come and fall under the devil's control. He immediately responded that "man shall not live by bread alone."


Discover your identity in Christ today because it is in that discovery that you no longer need to find acceptance in "performing" but rather rest in "being" who He has created you to be. And it is in that "rest" that we truly become effective in advancing His purposes.


Being in Christ, it is safe to forget the past; it is possible to be sure of the future; it is possible to be diligent in the present -   Alexander MacLaren



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