A repost from last year because this verse was in a daily reading last week. The world will not tell us who Jesus really is. They either don’t know, think He’s someone they only hope He is or want to lead others astray. But Jesus tells us exactly who He is. He has shown us. He does not hide Himself from us. He is The Messiah. The Son of the Living God. It is up to us whether we recognize Him for who He is and accept Him.
“This time, the Devil knew and quoted Scripture in his temptation (Psalm 91:11-12). “Go ahead, Jesus; if You do this, then the Bible promises angels will rescue You, and it will be spectacular self-promotion.” . When Satan says, “For it is written,” it reminds us that Satan is a Bible expert and knows how to twist Bible passages out of their context. Sadly, many people will accept anyone who quotes a Bible verse as if they taught God’s truth, but the mere use of Bible words does not necessarily convey the will of God. Some suggest that Satan is such a Bible expert because he has spent centuries looking for loopholes. Jesus answered Satan’s misuse of Scripture with the proper use of the Bible, quoting from Deuteronomy 6:16. As Jesus rejected Satan’s twisting of Scripture, He rightly divided the word of truth, understanding it in its context. When Satan saw that he couldn’t get anywhere, he left for a while. The devil will always seek to come back at an opportune time, so we should never give him the opportunity. Satan is not stupid; he will not continually put his limited resources into an ineffective battle. If you want Satan to leave you alone for a while, you must continually resist him. Many are so attacked because they resist so little. Jesus resisted these temptations because He walked in the Word and in the Spirit; these two are the resources for Christian living. Too much Word and not enough Spirit and you puff up (in the sense of pride). Too much Spirit and not enough Word and you blow up. With the Word and the Spirit together, you grow up.” — David Guzik
If the fact that Jesus used scripture to fight against Satan isn’t proof enough that it’s important for us too, I don’t know what is. Satan quoted scripture back to Jesus, BUT he used it out of context and left out key information. It’s so important that we know the truth so we can recognize deception, especially scripture that is used in a deceitful way. When we know scripture we are well equipped against all attacks. And just like Luke 4:13 says, Satan may leave for a time...but we have to be sure that he will be back. He will never give up trying to keep us from God. He will never stop trying to lead us astray. He will never stop trying to fill us with lies that there’s no more room for truth. But we CAN resist his lies! God has given us the mightiest weapon in the Bible. But we can’t use it if we don’t know it. That doesn’t mean we will be biblical scholars, but we can’t ignore the Truth that has been presented to us. If we fill ourselves daily, the Holy Spirit will help us! There have been so many times I’ll hear something on tv or read something and think “that isn’t right” and realize that I knew more than I thought I did! It’s a learning process. You’d be surprised how much you soak up when you’re consistent.
So, the stars aligned and my first entry for Jackson’s Legacy Bible happened to be in October…which is Down syndrome Awareness Month! One thing that I pray Jackson will know as he grows up is how much he is loved. By us and by Jesus. There is no doubt in my mind that as he gets older there will be people who will try and convince him that God made a mistake when He made him. There are people NOW that say this all the time when they try and normalize and encourage aborting babies when they have Down syndrome or other disabilities that can be screened before birth. I want him to know that God made him exactly as he was suppose to be made. Different does not mean wrong. Different does not mean less. Different does not mean unable. I wrote a couple of blog posts about Down syndrome you can find in my bio link (you might have to scroll down a little towards the bottom) and I’d love if you read them. God made Jackson exactly who he was suppose to be at conception. He knew that he would have Down syndrome and He knew his life’s purpose. He knew it all. When I see Jackson interact with people, I know God is moving through him. I look at our family and I see how God has used Jackson to change our hearts towards so many things in life. (In fact, my grandpa got saved because Jackson has Down syndrome.) Just because he has Down syndrome does not mean God wasn’t paying attention. It doesn’t mean He made a mistake or didn’t care when He made him. I want him to know that Jesus loves him, made him, and treasures him so deep within his heart that no one can ever convince him of otherwise. I look at Jackson and I see that he was fearfully and wonderfully made. Just like the rest of us were. I am not saying that Jackson is extra special JUST because he has Down syndrome. People with any type of difference in abilities are not defined by that difference. I am saying that Jackson is not LESS special because he has Down syndrome. We are ALL loved by Jesus. We were ALL created and given different abilities for a special purpose. We are ALL fearfully and wonderfully made — no exceptions — including Down syndrome.
“Hence, present distress must not be viewed as if it would last for ever; it is not the end, by any means, but only a means to the end. Sorrow is our sowing, rejoicing shall be our reaping. If there were no sowing in tears there would be no reaping in joy. If we were never captives we could never lead our captivity captive. Our mouth had never been filled with holy laughter if it had not been first filled with the bitterness of grief. We must sow: we may have to sow in the wet weather of sorrow; but we shall reap, and reap in the bright summer season of joy. Let us keep to the work of this present sowing time, and find strength in the promise which is here so positively given us. Here is one of the Lord's shalls and wills; it is freely given both to workers, waiters, and weepers, and they may rest assured that it will not fail: in due season they shall reap. — Charles Spurgeon
October has arrived. If it also FELT like October we’d be set. What’s your favorite thing about October/fall? You can get this graphic as a printable in my Etsy shop to celebrate!