January 28

Exodus 2:5-9 (NIV) 5Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. 6She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said. 7Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" 8"Yes, go," she answered. And the girl went and got the baby's mother. 9Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you."

God kept His promise and made Israel a great nation during their 400-year stay in Egypt. In fact, they became so great that the Pharaoh ordered all baby boys thrown into the Nile to keep the Israelites from becoming too powerful. There was a spiritual war taking place. The time had come for the LORD to raise up a deliverer, and Satan knew it. He planted fear in Pharaoh's mind so that he would kill the male babies being born. He used the same tactic when Jesus, the Great Deliverer, was born. But the Divine hand of God works even through the evil of men to save lives, just as we saw in the story of Joseph.

The mother of Moses put him in a basket, and Providence guided the basket to the place where the Princess of Egypt had come to bathe. Baby Moses cried, and her heart melted. God used the most powerful of nations to give His deliverer an education in all the world's wisdom. He would have to make a choice between the world and his God.

Who was hired to nurse and care for him but Moses' own mother. I love the way God so utterly turns Satan's tactics around to bless the children of God. It may seem like the Enemy has brought defeat into your life. Remember, the Enemy fights the most vehemently when he senses deliverance is at hand.

Encouragement: Hold on, and trust in the wonderful ability of God to turn your circumstances into a mighty victory.

January 28

Matthew 4:4, 7, 10 (NIV) 4Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'

7Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'

10Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'

Jesus was tempted in every way that we are, yet without sin. After fasting for 40 days, Satan came to tempt Him. Remember that the Father had just spoken with an audible voice from heaven saying, "This is my Son." Now Satan asks, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to be turned into bread." People lose their appetite while fasting until the body begins to consume itself. Clever, the way Satan ties the doubt of who He is to His physical need. You, reader, are not the Son, but you are a son. Satan often tempts us along this same line. "If God loves you so much then why..." Jesus acted as our perfect example. He could have revealed His glory. He could have called for legions of angels, but instead, He quoted the eternal word of God. Life is more than just the physical.

The second temptation included the same "if". This time Satan quotes Scripture. "Take matters into your own hands Jesus. Quit waiting on the Father. Just do what it says here, throw yourself off this pinnacle. Then You, and everyone in sight, will see the angels bear You up. They'll know You are the Messiah." Jesus answers with another Scripture, "Don't put God to the test."

In the last revealing temptation, Satan declares that the world systems and their glory are his to give to whoever will worship him. He has always been seeking worship. He is willing to make a swap, the entire world systems for Jesus' worship. Could He skip the cross and go straight to His kingdom? No! "Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only."

Consider: Is the Word of God your offensive weapon?