Sunday, December 08, 2019

Bonhoeffer: life without God's Word

Sunday, December 8, 2019
    Advent II
    But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
    —Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)
    The deceit, the lie of the devil consists of this, that he wishes to make man believe that he can live without God’s Word. Thus he dangles before man’s fantasy a kingdom of faith, of power, and of peace, into which only he can enter who consents to the temptations; and he conceals from men that he, as the devil, is the most unfortunate and unhappy of beings, since he is finally and eternally rejected by God.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Temptation, London: SCM Press, 1955, p. 25 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 3:13; Ps. 14:1-3; Isa. 44:20; Obad. 1:3; Luke 4:3-4; John 8:44; Jas. 1:13-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant that I not to be deceived by temptation.
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