Discipline or Regret

Marsha Kochi


Matthew 4:4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”


When Jesus ​was​ vulnerable, when He ​was​ hungry, the devil would try to tempt Him. Jesus, filled with the Spirit, doesn't need food for the body, He has wisdom and He resists the temptations of the enemy.


Everyday, I have to make a conscious choice to die, to resist, and to not be tempted to live like the world. I have a choice to choose to walk in His ways, and not be swayed to do things that may appear to be easier. Fast forwarding always works well with lessons that I need to learn. I must always remember to look at the outcome; what would result from my actions? ​"Would it be a lesson that I learn from the pain of discipline or from the pain of regret"?


Father, thank you for the lessons that you are teaching me in this season. ​When I am weakened, having a bad day, give me strength to resist the ploys and the devices of satan. ​I don't want to learn from the pain of regret. Help me to always turn to You and to the Word​.​ ​Help me to learn, though ​it may be ​painful, from discipline.

Devotions for April 17

1 Samuel 19
1 Chronicles 7
Psalm 59
Matthew 4

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