4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’and,‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
Sometimes, I feel a little headless.
Your head is where you store all the facts you could possibly retain. It’s where you turn when you’re trying to show off while watching Jeopardy. It’s where you go when you’re trying to recall a memory.
It’s a pretty important part of the body.
So important, in fact, that the bible says we need a helmet for our head in order to protect our SALVATION! The head must be pretty crucial!
Because it is the place where TRUTH resides!
The truth is not in the heart, for the bible says that the heart is deceitful above all things. The heart is where our emotions live, our fleeting and ever-changing feelings.
I will confess that I follow my heart much more often than my head. I will follow a FEELING right off a cliff sometimes!
Our emotions are extremely powerful, and will often lead us down a very dark road of loneliness, bitterness, and hate.
But look at how Jesus handles being tempted by Satan! First, understand it had been 40 days since He’d eaten anything. He was exhausted, starving, and in PRIME position to be taken down by any enemy.
How did Jesus respond to the direct hits of Satan? He spoke the Word of His Father! Repeatedly! Never once did He complain about needing a cheeseburger, or a nice warm bed. He relied on what He KNEW, not on what He FELT!
There is such a lesson here for us!!
How many marriages, relationships, friendships would still be in tact if it wasn’t for somebody succombing to their feelings in the heat of the moment? Instead of speaking truth, which is eternal and never-changing, we speak from our feelings, which are about as constant as a wisp of wind.
I am challenged today to speak words of truth over every situation in my life, not to waste my time on shallow feelings, which will soon change. God, please help me to stop losing my head!!