Title: I Know the Plans…the Past
Series: I Know The Plans
Author: Mickey Badalamenti

It’s a difficult time to hold onto God. Chaos in the world and chaos in our personal lives makes it a challenge to trust that He’s present and that He’s at work redeeming, restoring and rebuilding.

The enemy of our souls comes at us, sowing doubt and uncertainty. Many times, we make the mistake of allowing this and turn away from God’s voice.

But God is strong enough for that doubt! He can keep us on the path that leads in His ways, directing our steps and strengthening us along the way.

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

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “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.’[c]

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]

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

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

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Matthew 4:1-11 (NIV)