*Topic: Overcoming Temptation*
*‘Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.’ Matthew 26:41 NKJV*
*Why did Jesus tell His disciples, ‘Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak’? Because He knows that without the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, we’re not equal to the temptations that come our way.*
*Jesus didn’t doubt the disciples’ love for Him or their willingness to serve Him, but He knew they couldn’t do it in their own strength. And you can’t either. When you fight the flesh in the power of the flesh, you end up fighting yourself—and you lose every time.*
*Note the words ‘lest you enter into temptation.’ You’ll never be exempt from temptation, but you don’t have to ‘enter into’ it. Indeed, your regenerated spirit can’t ‘enter into’ it because sin has no appeal to it. But your unregenerated ‘flesh’ will always be attracted to sin.*
*And becoming a Christian increases the frequency, variety, and intensity of the temptations you face. Why? Because Satan, ‘the tempter’, doesn’t give up control easily. He will fight you constantly, and on different fronts. The Bible speaks of ‘manifold temptations.’ (1 Peter 1:6 KJV) The word ‘manifold’ means there are ‘many kinds’ of temptation.*
*What’s the answer? ‘Manifold grace’! (1 Peter 4:10 KJV) The moment temptation rears its head, and before you have time to ‘enter into’ it, draw on God’s grace. How do you do that? Jesus said, ‘Watch and pray.’ The Living Bible says, ‘Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you.’*
*Sheep don’t have the strength or skill to overcome the wolf. But they have the strategy! They just draw close to the Shepherd and He deals with the wolf.*
Acts 18–19, Luke 9:37–45, Ps 42:6–11, Pro 16:17–19
_*Good Morning and Have a Blissful weekend*_
3 Things to Know About the Number 666
It’s more than just the number of Satan.
By Megan Bailey
According to the last book in the Bible, 666 is the number, or name, of the wild beast with seven heads and ten horns that comes out of the sea (Revelation 13:1, 17-18). It’s something that has confused Christians, scared them, and not be chatted about in most circles. However, taking the time to learn more about what the Bible says can put the mark of the beast into perspective.
It’s a Name
The number 666 is actually the name of the coming antichrist. The names given by God have meaning, and this is seen elsewhere in the Bible. For example, God gave the name Abraham, which means “Father of a Crowd (Multitude)”. This makes sense, because God promised that He would make Abraham “a father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5). Likewise, God named the beast 666 as a symbol of its defining attributes.
Contrary to what you may have heard, the number 666 is mentioned in the Bible. Revelation 13:8 says “Let the one with understanding reckon the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.” The English word “reckon” comes from the Greek word for “calculate” or “solve”. For some scholars, it’s as if the Bible is saying the number is a riddle.
Giving a number to a name is called “gematria,” which is the Greek practice of adding up the letters in someone’s name. Each letter in the Greek language has a numeral equivalent. Add up the letters and you get the number of the name. There is a similar practice in Hebrew. When you actually look at the original text, we see that in this passage the letters of 666 are actually written in Hebrew, which places a higher significance on numbers meaning words and words meaning numbers than ancient Greek.
When we translate the number 666 out of the Hebrew alphabet, it spells out Neron Kesar – the Hebrew spelling of Nero Caesar. Given the hatred of the Roman Empire at the time, and particularly its leader, Nero Caesar, who was considered to be especially evil, it’s no surprise some people believe the antichrist has already come.
The Number “6” Has Meaning in the Bible
Numbers in the Bible often are used as symbols. For example, the number 3 often correlates to the Holy Trinity, and the number 7 is considered the perfect number, representing completeness. The number “6” in the Bible is often associated with man. Being one short of 7, the number 6 can denote something incomplete or flawed in God’s eyes, and it can be associated with God’s enemies (1 Chronicles 20:6; Daniel 3:1). Because it represents man, it can be seen that God views human “man” as flawed creatures. He knows they will be unable to bring lasting peace and security—things that only God’s Kingdom will achieve.
666 is thus a number that consistently falls short of triple perfection: 777. The Bible sometimes stresses a matter by stating it three times. The number also refers to the “unholy trinity,” Satan, the Beast and the False Prophet.
The Mark of the Beast
The Bible refers to the number as the mark of the beast, and people can receive the mark when they follow it “with admiration” to the point of worshipping it (Revelation 13:3, 4; 16:2). They do so by worshipping their country or other false prophets. This beast is a symbol of the worldwide political system, which rules over “every tribe and people and tongue and nation” (Revelation 13:7).
Regarding His commands to the nation of Israel, God said: “Bind them as a reminder on your hand, and they should be like a headband on your forehead” (Deuteronomy 11:18). This didn’t mean that the Israelites were to mark their literal hands and foreheads, but that God’s Words would guide all their actions and thoughts. Likewise, rather than being something literal such as a 666 tattoo, the mark of the beast symbolically identifies those who let the political system rule their lives. Those with the mark of the beast place themselves in opposition to God (Revelation 14:9, 10; 19:19-21).
The number 666 is something that confuses most Christians, but it shouldn’t be something to worry about. The more you learn about the book of Revelation, the antichrist, and the mark of the beast the more confident you can feel for Jesus’ second coming. Continue to learn what God wrote for us and don’t be afraid to ask Him questions.
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“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has, even to subject all things to Himself.”
“… so stand firm in the Lord.”
“Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men.”
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all
comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise,
let your mind dwell on these things.”
– The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians