The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here.”
The enemy wanted Jesus to show how powerful He really was, to impress the people at the temple. But Jesus wouldn’t use His power for the wrong motives, just to bring attention to Himself. Before He was crucified, He said, “I could have called ten thousand angels to save Me, but I’m not living to prove who I am. I’m living to fulfill My purpose.” When your motives are right, and you need favor, you need a breakthrough, God will step in and make things happen that you couldn’t make happen.
One thing that Jesus was showing us is that you don’t need people’s validation. You may have the power or talent or funds to prove something, to impress, or to get even, but you realize it’s a distraction from your purpose. You have to be determined. “I am not going to give in to the temptation to prove, to compete, to outperform, to show people that I’m strong enough, smart enough, or talented enough. I have nothing to prove because I am a child of God.”
Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You have given me everything I need to fulfill my purpose. Thank You that I am enough because You made me just as I am, and I have Your approval. I believe and declare that I am talented enough, I am smart enough, and I am strong enough. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”