“Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2
As believers, we have a heavenly destiny promised through our faith in Jesus Christ. In Matthew 4:10, Jesus reminds us to worship only God and serve Him alone. This verse reminds us of the importance of focusing on God and not exchanging our faith for anything else. Our heavenly destiny is not something that can be earned or exchanged. It is a gift from God that he freely gives to everyone who puts their faith in him. Therefore, we must embrace this destiny with open arms and live according to God’s will.
There may be times when we are tempted to exchange our faith for worldly things, but as Christians, we must remember the words of Matthew 4:10 and remain steadfast in our devotion to God. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read about Jesus being tempted in the wilderness three times. The third temptation is particularly interesting because it shows us how Jesus refused to make an exchange with Satan, even though it would have benefited Him greatly. Therefore, I encourage you to choose faith over fear; you will never be tempted to compromise your beliefs.
Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Matthew 4:10 tells us that Satan took Jesus to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. At this moment, he offered to give all these things to Jesus if He would bow down and worship him. But Jesus refused this offer, saying, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'” This passage teaches us that there are no shortcuts or easy paths to success – even when everything seems to be within our grasp. It’s important for us as Christians today to remember that we will face temptations in our lives.
When we encounter temptations in our lives, it’s easy to give in to them, thinking there might be an exchange or reward for doing so. However, this is not always the case. The devil may offer a temporary solution or pleasure, but ultimately, there is no exchange for what he offers us; only emptiness and destruction remain. Therefore, staying strong in our faith and resisting temptation by staying focused on God’s word and ways is vital. Amen. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Amen.
1. Thank God for the life of Christ He exchanges on your behalf.
2. In the name of Jesus, I pray you will not fall prey to the devil’s schemes and temptations that will steal your heavenly joy and peace. Amen.