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  Win Thyself  

Luke 4:1-13
1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert,
2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
3 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread."
4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone.'"
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.
6 And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.
7 So if you worship me, it will all be yours."
8 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'"
9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down from here.
10 For it is written: "'He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'"
12 Jesus answered, "It says: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Jesus was all set for the great goal of his life, baptized and empowered. Yet he knew that he needed to fight the battles inside and outside effectively to win the war of salvation for souls. It was his goal to live a life absolutely free from sin. It was his life to sacrifice himself as a lamb free of blame and blemishes. It was his dream to bring salvation to the lost world.

A war is won when the number of battles we won is more than the ones we lose. Jesus wanted to win all the battles from inside. This motivated him to live the life he was living the way he lived. This pushed him to pray, this humbled him to fast, and this compelled him to fight each temptation.

I believe that my biggest sin is not that terrible thing which I have done in the past - before my baptism. My biggest sin is the sin that is present in my life now. My anger, my laziness, my impure eye, my lack of forgiveness, my pride, and the unfair criticisms I make.... Do you see this? Jesus could see that, so he could fight; effectively, with scriptures.

Winning those 'no big deal' battles inside us makes the victory sure for us. Remember Jesus had already won the war for you. You are the star of the victory lap. The crown is made to your 'head size'. Win thyself.