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    “But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding,” (Job 32:8 in the Holy Bible, New King James). Inspiration is often used to suggest an idea that provokes action by the recipient. It’s offered as an endorsement for a motivational speaker. The least common definitions of “intake” or “breathing in air” are my favorites. Nothing compares to the exhilarating feeling of inhaling mountain air on a cool morning, or watching the chest of a sick child rising and falling in restful sleep. A sidebar to these definitions on a popular dictionary website was accompanied by this biblical quote from 2 Timothy 3:16 which I’ve used for years as my source of inspiration. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” God-breathed inspiration. It doesn’t get any better than that.

        Prayer: Eternal God, as I breathe air into my lungs for survival, let holy Scriptures bring spiritual life to my soul. Amen.
        Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

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“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” I John 4:18. Fear entered my room. I was paralyzed. Something powerful had hold of me, like a heavy weight on my back. I have…

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“Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45, English Standard Version). My morning reading of the Bible has been somewhat different this week. I have read the same chapter every day. It’s fairly short, only twenty-nine verses, but I haven’t made it to the end of the…

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Jesus answered, It is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve him only. (Luke 4:8, Holy Bible, New International Version) When Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness, Satan tried to convince Jesus (Luke 4:7) to worship him. Jesus didn’t assess the situation. He didn’t discuss the options. He…

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Jesus answered, It is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve him only. (Luke 4:8, Holy Bible, New International Version)

When Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness, Satan tried to convince Jesus (Luke 4:7) to worship him. Jesus didn’t assess the situation. He didn’t discuss the options. He didn’t debate the issues. He simply quoted the holy Word God established through Moses.

In temptations, we have a divine example to follow. “It is written” is still the best response to temptations today.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for setting a positive example for me when You spoke from ancient Scripture. In temptations or discouragement, I will follow Your pattern and remove temptations of things not like You by speaking Your holy Word. I will speak on the authority of Scripture and say, “It is written.” Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

From In the Right Place: A Gallery of Treasured Moments © 2006, Violet Carr Moore

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