The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:4:1 @ Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

kjv@Matthew:4:2 @ And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

kjv@Matthew:4:3 @ And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

kjv@Matthew:4:4 @ But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

kjv@Matthew:4:5 @ Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

kjv@Matthew:4:6 @ And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee; and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

kjv@Matthew:4:7 @ Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

kjv@Matthew:4:8 @ Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

kjv@Matthew:4:9 @ And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

kjv@Matthew:4:10 @ Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

kjv@Matthew:4:11 @ Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.


Note: As man and his doings and beliefs are not directly present in today's passage we have the time to consider our own expectations and false images of Jesus. We have already considered that for over forty-two generations man has severe difficulties understanding and staying on board with the movements of God. The likelihood that we are any different when it comes down to it is very much questionable.

What is man believing/doing?:

The picture that should be taken from today is that Jesus is in obedience to the direct command of the Father being led by the Holy Spirit. Where He is led He follows. What He is told to do He does. He will be in this obedient mode His entire ministry. The moment that He operates outside of that is the moment that He is disqualified as our Messiah. Thus we see Satan attempting (in vain from the very notion) to have Jesus do what is other than what God directly is telling Him to do (or not do). Even using bits of scripture to help to justify it. It is a line of distinction that we barely can grasp.

So when we think of ourselves and doing right typically we are missing this exact picture not having the experience of knowing directly the command of God, we are guessing at it and us grabbing for bits of scripture to pull into our context in order to make it sound as doing right. The moment we do this (and we do it quite often) we have acted upon what we ourselves have manufactured as being right verses being led to obey what God has directed as right; we have fallen into the temptation (better put as remained fallen to).

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

We are doing that which we have done since the fall of mankind. We are generating what is right in our own eyes. Jesus has come that He might show and prove to us the alternative; an alternative that we largely have a built in distaste or enmity towards. Even in desiring to obey, we are until Jesus lacking the voice of God direct in order to obey because it requires Jesus to remove the enmity that is keeping God's voice away from our considerations. In the absence of that direct voice/unfathomable influence we can act by the scriptures a form of near right else that very same effort as in the case of the Pharisees' can act scripturally 180 degrees in complete opposition to the movement of God, perhaps even without intending to do so. The variance across the spectrum of opposed and near right is immeasurable and as such proves the very case that it is only what is right in our own eyes.


Jesus' baptism did not end at the Jordan with John, it continued on, this being the first of a continued string of "If thou art" and "If thou wilt" statements from various sorts. What proves that He is the Son of God is that He gave Himself fully to the Father, not having to prove anything but His obedience even unto death. He is the Son of God for us solely because the Father proved Him to be.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. All other forms of humanly concocted religion are about having to prove who you are and what your will is to do; it is about drawing you out to get you to do something else to prove your worth rather than surrender such impulse and submerse yourself in God's will. If it is God's will, He will prove you.
  2. The word of scripture without spiritual discernment is effectively no more than our good intention. It is easy to be led into bad courses by good intentions and or the deliberate misuse of those scriptures by malcontents.
  3. The gravities and momentums around us are so contrary to this proper course that it is a constant test of our resolve to submit, allowance to be led, will for obedience. The mandatory link must at all times be God's own voice and the spiritual discernment of scripture therefore further confirming divine will. We cannot approach this until led by the Holy Spirit afforded in the truest belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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