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The Bread of Life

In Matthew 4:4, Jesus has fasted 40 days and nights and has become very hungry. This is where Jesus begins to be tempted by the devil, who tells Jesus to turn the stones into bread if he is the Son of God. That old devil knows that Jesus is God's Son. But here, he wants Jesus to "prove" it to him. Jesus refuses to be pulled into the devil's snare of temptation.

And Jesus tells that liar we call Satan that, "People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." (NLT) Jesus came to be the Bread of Life for those of us who will live like him, who will follow in His footsteps and not be distracted by the world's view of right and wrong.

As the devil continues to tempt Jesus in the Wilderness in the first section of Matthew chapter 4, Jesus says, "Get out of here, Satan. You must worship the Lord your God and serve him only." (NLT)

Just like that, with these simple words - "Get out of here, Satan" - the enemy was gone. And the angels came to take care of Jesus. 

These same words can help you too. When you're tempted or if you're having a day where things seem to keep going from bad to worse, making you angry or self-absorbed, repeat these words, "Get out of here, Satan." Mean it! He will flee from you as he did Jesus, making room for the angels to come to your aid. Sometimes, we're tempted to brag on ourselves or put others down to lift ourselves up. Don't do it. Instead, humble yourself as Jesus did and quote His words again. He had nothing to prove to the devil, and you have nothing to prove to the world. Our reward will be in Heaven if we stop listening to the devil's lies and live like Jesus did. 

Live like Jesus, the Bread of Life. He came and died for the world so that we may live eternally with Him and Our Father in Heaven once our mortal life is over. His love and lessons will sustain us, especially through difficult times.

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Blessings in Christ,

Patricia

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