Wednesday, July 11, 2007

On the Way--Day 3 at DDA Camp

Last week I served as a counselor to developmentally disabled adults at White Memorial Camp in Council Grove, Kansas. The theme for the week was, "On the Way." Pictures of this special camp are available here.
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."

At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him (Mark 1:9-13).
You can be sure of this—If you are determined to follow Jesus on the way, Satan will tempt you to stray off the way.

The Devil uses all sorts of tricks to get God’s people off track and off the way

With Jesus, Satan used the bait of pride—turn these stones to bread—jump off this ledge and let the angels catch you—if you really are the Son of God.

With you and me, Satan appeals to our greed, our lust, our want of power, our desire for the good life, our impatience—anything to lead us off the way.

On Monday and Tuesday, one of my campers participated in every activity and was having a good time. On Wednesday, he claimed he was sick. Strange, I never felt a cooler forehead. He stayed in bed all day Wednesday. Didn’t even eat. On Thursday, I told him if he got up and ate, I’d take him to the camp's Lookout Tower. He did and ended up having a good camp experience until the end on Friday.

Jesus calls you to follow Him on the way. By relying on His Holy Spirit, we can be faithful.

But beware—the Devil plots to lead you off the way.

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