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St. Paul Lutheran Church, Runge: “Be gone, Satan”
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Matthew 41: 1-11 “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." But he answered, "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, "He will command his angels concerning you,' and "'On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'" Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'" Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me." Then Jesus said to him, "Be gone, Satan! For it is written, '"You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'" Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. The gospel of the Lord.”

After 40 days of fasting, Jesus's physical and mental facilities were weakened and Jesus's sufferings were real and the devil saw that as the opportune time to tempt Jesus. All Jesus would have to do is bow down and worship the devil, but Jesus answered him "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" and on the second temptation, Jesus responded, "You shall not put the Lord your God to the test." and third, "You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve."

Just as the Israelites were tempted by the devil in the desert during the exodus, one is also tempted all of their lives by the devil. One must stand strong and follow Jesus' example and guard against the one who is against God. Jesus delivers the message of hope. You can lean on Jesus when you’re not sure. One must shout, "Be gone, Satan!" When temptations come, follow Jesus' example and hold on to Scripture. Your heavenly Father will supply all your needs out of the riches of his own glory. There are many promises. Hold on to them. Believe them--and watch the devil flee.

“Dear Lord, open our eyes, ears, and heart to truly understand that Jesus is Lord and then confess that Jesus is the Lord and Savior with my lips and my life. Amen.”

Sunday morning worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by fellowship, Sunday School, and Adult Bible study. The adult class is just beginning a new series "The Mighty Acts of God" and if you are interested in studying the Bible in depth, please come and join the group at 9:45 a.m. Sunday mornings. Women's Wednesday Bible Study begins at 9 a.m. at the Monecke's home. During Lent, there will not be any Wednesday evening Bible Study. Lenten services begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday evenings. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come and see.

“The Lord Bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Amen.”
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