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10 Lent 1st Sunday-Luke

10 Lent 1st Sunday-Luke

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Preserve us from forces of the devil. Let us not sanction pride, our own pleasures, and other detractions, for the sake of riches, fame, power, skill, popularity, or any other gift of yours. Guard us against yielding to hatred and envy for any cause. Preserve us now and until our last moment from following the disputes of faith and the despair that follows. Amen.


From Luther’s Small Catechism: The Lord’s Prayer:
The Sixth Petition Save us from the time of trial. What is this? It is true that God tempts no one, but we ask in this prayer that God would preserve and keep us, so that the devil, the world, and our flesh may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great and shameful sins, and that, although we may be attacked by them, we may finally prevail and gain the victory.

O Lord God, you led your ancient people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide now the people of your Church, that, following our Savior, we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

GOSPEL: Luke 4:1-13
Jesus full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4 Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’” 5 Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority, for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” 9 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’ 11 and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” 12 Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

For ye have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews iv. 15. When the devil tempts me, my heart is comforted and my faith is strengthened, because I know Him who for my sake has overcome the devil, and that He comes to me to be my help and my comfort. Thus faith overcomes the devil. Therefore, first, God teaches me faith, that I may know that for my sake Christ has overcome the devil. Then, since I now know that the devil has no power over me but is overcome by faith, I must be ready to be tempted. The purpose of this is that my faith may be strengthened, and that my neighbor may be given an example by my victory over temptation, and may be comforted. And mark this: whenever faith begins, temptation soon follows. The Holy Ghost does not leave you to rest in quietness, but soon He throws you into temptation. Why? In order that your faith may be confirmed, for otherwise the devil would blow us about like chaff. But if God comes and hangs a weight on us, making us weighty and heavy, then it is manifest to the devil and to all mankind that the power of God is at work. Thus God manifests His glory and majesty in our weakness, therefore He casts us out into the desert, that is, He casts us down, so that we are deserted of all creatures and can see no help. We even think that God Himself has utterly forsaken us. For as He acts towards Christ, even so does He act toward us. It does not run smoothly. Our heart must faint within us.
Sermon from the year 1523. Taken from the book: W.A. 11. 22 f.

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by Martin Luther

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