Resist a little longer.

Luke 4:1-13

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. Luke 3:1-3

Jesus was tempted for forty days! I always thought that He only had to endure the three temptations mentioned in this passage. However, today the Holy Spirit brought to my attention that He was actually tempted for forty days and these three temptations mentioned was only the culmination of all He had to endure.

He was alone, hungry and tired. This was forty days of severe mental, emotional, physical and spiritual testing. Yet He did not relent of give up. He endured all that he needed to until the devil had to admit defeat and leave him for a season.

To me this speaks to endurance, and perseverance in temptation. Satan will always hammer on the same spot, until we are left drained and ready to give up. But here we see our Saviour as the perfect example of perseverance under temptation.

This perseverance is only possible for those who are “full of the Holy Spirit”(4:1). Even Jesus, the Son of God, had to be full of the Spirit before He could brave such severe testing. Apart from the Spirit we will fall.

Sometimes we just need to resist the devil a little longer, and he will flee from us.

Prayer:

Lord, We know that you are faithful and that you will strengthen and protect us from the evil one. Please direct our hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. Amen (2 Thessalonians 3:3 & 5)

 Meditations

  1. What situations in your live is currently requiring perseverance?
  2. What is God challenging you to do?
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Church of the Nazarene supports women in ministry

The Church of the Nazarene supports the right of women to use their God-given spiritual gifts within the church, affirms the historic right of women to be elected and appointed to places of leadership within the Church of the Nazarene, including the offices of both elder and deacon.

The purpose of Christ’s redemptive work is to set God’s creation free from the curse of the Fall. Those who are “in Christ” are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). In this redemptive community, no human being is to be regarded as inferior on the basis of social status, race, or gender (Galatians 3:26-28).

Acknowledging the apparent paradox created by Paul’s instruction to Timothy (1 Timothy 2:11-12) and to the church in Corinth (1 Corinthians 14:33-34), we believe interpreting these passages as limiting the role of women in ministry presents serious conflicts with specific passages of scripture that commend female participation in spiritual leadership roles (Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2:17-18; 21:8-9; Romans 16:1, 3, 7; Philippians 4:2-3), and violates the spirit and practice of the Wesleyan-holiness tradition. Finally, it is incompatible with the character of God presented throughout Scripture, especially as revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.

“903.5. Women in Ministry,” Manual 2009-2013, Church of the Nazarene

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Founded!

Good day ladies! It is with great joy that I inform you of the birth of our organization. Please watch this space for news and upcoming events!

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