LSOF: The Consistency of Authenticity

I guess we could say this devotional is Part 2 of the ” Authenticity” series lol.
I never know if I will be writing more on a particular subject, but I love how God just will set it down in my lap…I can’t complain:)

The thought occured to me that while it is very hard to be authentic, and that we must be the same from when we wake to we close our eyes at night…

Consistency goes further than that. It is more than just paying attention to being consistent, we have to realize that it is a gift from God; I think it would be a sub-title of self control.

It is literally a weapon, that we sometimes don’t pay much attention to yet, help a great deal in Spiritual warfare.

Being consistent catches the enemy off guard.

We shall read and break down the time Jesus was tempted in the desert by the devil.

Matthew 4
The Temptation of Jesus

1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
3The tempter came to him and said,
“If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Think about this for a moment, this is a time of true desperation for Jesus, and the decision He would make would affect fate itself.

40 days and 40 nights, we cannot even live that long without anything to eat or drink!
Imagine how Jesus looked, imagine his appearance coming toward you.

He was scorched by the sun, and probably had blisters all over his head to his feet, and you can take what ever you imagine in your mind; it probably wouldn’t be a far stretch from the truth.

” If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

I bet Jesus heard what the enemy had to say, and his mouth probably watered, longed for just anything at that moment, to satisfy his hunger…

But this was the reply…

“It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

I picture Jesus shaking, fighting with himself as He spoke those words, and I wouldn’t doubt that He had tears coming from his eyes.

He remained consistent in trusting God to provide.

5Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6″If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down.
For it is written:
” ‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

To me, this digs into my heart, I mean DEEP!

How many times have we been asked to do things out of our character?
We knew it was wrong, but we didn’t want that status quo.
We wanted to fit in, and I am not just talking about drugs, and things like that, it can be anything, ANYTHING that makes us feel like we have to be a different person in order to do something…

But in all those times, how many of them have we stopped and replied ” No” to that person, or people.

Saying ” No” is what helps us remain consistent.

If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down.
For it is written:
” ‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

and this was Jesus reply:

“It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

We can’t do something knowingly wrong and out of character, just because we know God will save us through it.

Its not right. We are not to test God. It is not our place!

We must remain consistent in our morals, and discerning situations.

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain
and showed him all the kingdoms of the world
and their splendor.
9″All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

I know most of us will read this as is, but I want you to really pay attention to it.

” All this I will give you,” he said, ” if you will bow down and worship me.”

Man, Oh man, doesn’t this one just kick us down…

If you are looking more into this, you will see that it isn’t necissarily about bowing down and worshipping him…

Its in the little things, and half the time, I don’t think we even realize it.

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan!
For it is written:
‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'[d]”

Being consistent in remembering who we are in Christ will keep us far from the clench of the enemy.

Remembering who we are, no matter where we are, or what situation we may be going through at the time…

Have you ever held a grudge?

Doing that is not being consistent in what God teaches us.

And your focus when you see this person overwhelms your thinking for that brief couple minutes, a brief couple minutes when you focus is NOT on Jesus.

There is no excuse.

I haven’t studied a lot of Job just yet, it will be in a few weeks during Disciple, but what I do know is he was pretty consistent it trying to keep his faith in God; but he did eventually mess up.

I am going to show you a few verses here to show you what I mean; they are pretty long, so I am going to try to just show you the main parts I think our important for you to see.

Job’s First Test

The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.”
8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job?..”
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied…

11 stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
12 The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

this is what satan did…

A messenger came to Job to tell him”The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby,
15 and the Sabeans attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
then another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

then another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off.
They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house,
19 when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house.
It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart. [c]
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
may the name of the LORD be praised.”
22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

So far so good ,right…first of all, the fact that Job kept his consistent faith in God even after all that happen, it just amazes me.
Okay here is the 2nd test, and I am so sorry it is so long, in my opinion there is no better way to really show you unless you read.

“Skin for skin!” Satan replied.
“A man will give all he has for his own life.
5 But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
6 The LORD said to Satan,

“Very well, then, he is in your hands;
but you must spare his life.”
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.

8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.
9 His wife said to him,

“Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”
10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish [
b] woman.
Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

OUCH! Again, this man kept his faith….and even with his own family telling him to curse God…

and finally…

Job’s three friends took a journey to vistit him, they knew of the pain and suffereing he was in, and they didn’t even recognize him at first…
They sat with him for a week, not saying a word, they knew that Job was in so much pain and that there wasn’t a thing they could say to help.

Job curses the day of his birth, he is at the point of so much pain, that he wished he had never lived.

Have you ever been there?

Have you ever been so depressed maybe that you really prayed and asked God to just take you away from your life, have you told Him that you wished He never brought you to this earth…

I know you have, because we all have.

Job 3:26
I have no peace, no quietness;
I have no rest, but only turmoil.”

In his pain, He forgot the power of God. He forgot who God was…

Not being consistent in his faith, caused him to lose his faith.

It really is that easy, once something happens in our life that makes us frown that is the first place the enemy sees he can get an ” in”.

I know you must be reading this and asking, ” How then can I be consistent, when it is so hard to be?”

Life Application:

– When something happens, no matter what it is; it is important not to dwell or hold grudges of anykind. It is does nothing for you, except break you down.
– Always be aware that consistency is a gift, and it is meant for use, and that it will keep us from really messing up in life.
– Call on God when you find it hard to keep your faith, its what He is there for, He knows you need Him!
– Remember you are a child of God, and there is nothing that satan can do to you without God’s permission, so stay consistent in believing you are who God says you are.
– In times of desperation, don’t lose heart, don’t give up, doing that just gives satan a chance to mess with you more. and he will!

My dear friends, I know this is a lot of take in, but this was burning in me to write when I came home from work.

Being consistent, in everything you do, or say makes a big difference in how you WILL think and act in the future.

Be Blessed:)

Angie

Deuteronomy 31:8

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

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One thought on “LSOF: The Consistency of Authenticity

  1. Hey Ang! Love the new look of your blog. The other one was a little hard for me to read-bad eyes. Anyway, just wanted to tell you this one looks awesome!
    Much love my friend,
    Angela

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