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First Sunday in Lent: St. Matt. 4:1

First Sunday in Lent: St. Matt. 4:1
Church I want to ask you a question this morning, Who is God to you? And as I ask this question I want you to think about it—not just for a moment, but, continually, because what you will find is that the answers are not so cut and dry. You may even at this moment find yourself unable to answer this question, and that’s OK! But do continue to ask yourself this question.
There’s a saying among freedom fighters, those who labor for the liberties of the overlooked, marginalized, and oppressed. It’s a saying that has been expressed in many different ways; however the meaning remains the same, and that is, to know your destiny, you must first understand your past. That is to say, you can’t possibly understand where you are going if you have no clue as to where you have come from.
We who are a part of the believing body of Christ should know that we are the children of God and the sheep of His pasture. We who count ourselves among the people of God of every tradition hold in common our understanding of the power, a power so great it brought all living things into being. One thing that we all know is that we are all from God the source of all creation. (Now we’re getting somewhere!)
Because if we can agree that God is our creator, then maybe we can grasp onto the notion that God is also our sustainer, therefore God is everything to us. Now I’m not trying to tell you how to answer your question, because it’s important that you continue to seek out the whole answer as it relates to you even after you leave here today, and as you go about your daily living. But for those of you, who can feel what I’m saying, then we can witness in this bit of truth together right now—God is all… Amen!
So right now I’m speaking to the believers… are there any believers in the house?
St. John Coltrane gave witness to the truth when he said, “We are all from one thing the will of God.” And that, “No road is an easy one, but they all go back to God, with all we share God. It is all with God; it is all with thee. Obey the Lord blessed is He.”
We as the believers have discovered something critical; something so worthy that within our discovery salvation is to be found. As believers, we know where we have come from, and, therefore, we have been empowered with the knowledge of where we are going!
Beloved this is news that you want to own! Because now—just as the freedom fighters who have and continue to move forward in the struggle for freedom, we too have the ability to learn from our past, we too have the knowledge of our sacred origin, we too can look back in time and be inspired by the great revolutionaries who fought on the front lines before us.
We can look back and say, thank you, Martin, thank you, Malcolm, thank you grandmother and grandfather, thank you mother and father; we can say thank you, Jesus!
And speaking of Jesus… He who is that one, who for us is the prime example of what it means to be an obedient servant unto God. We find Him in the gospel today being, “Led of the SPIRIT into temptation.” Not of His curiosity.
Temptation and curiosity are two words that I would like to highlight for the sake of our benefit during this Lenten Season. Right now for a lot of us here today, we find ourselves on our fifth day of fasting, prayer and meditation, and so it is quite befitting that we witness how Jesus himself deals with the power of temptation.
Now the first thing the gospel reads is that Jesus was led up of the Spirit to be tempted. In other words, that is to say that Jesus’ actions were motivated by an obedient spirit to the will of God.
For those of us who are fasting, this bit about being led of the spirit is important because, if we go into this time of diminishing the flesh (Lent) without giving rise to the Spirit of God within us, it becomes impossible for us to arm ourselves with an open line to the Divine, that is to say, we cut ourselves off of communication with the Sprit.  In times of struggle you need to be able to, “Have a little talk with God.” To call on Him/Her for help and strength, and most importantly, you need to know why you are doing what you are doing.
And if what you are doing is not required and directed by the power of the spirit, then it is not worth doing. Our actions on the spiritual path should always be carried out thoughtfully and prayerfully.
Beloved, God created us, and endowed us with the gift of freedom to make our own choices, and with that freedom often exist the promise of temptation. Let's be grateful to God for our freedom to choose.
There’s another saying that states, “Curiosity killed the cat.” Now does this make curiosity a bad thing? NO! It’s not our curiosity that kills us; it’s the choices that we make based on our curiosity that can kill us.
Our curious nature is a part of who we are as people, God made us that way, it’s built in us. When we look at the word curious it means: eager to know or learn something:
This within itself is not a harmful state, but rather it is what we are choosing to learn about that sets our motion into a particular direction.
See, our curiosity can lead us down paths where we make many wonderful discoveries, or it could lead us into temptation, a word by definition meaning: A desire to do something, esp. something wrong or unwise
So this suggests to us that temptation and curiosity are two completely different things.
Curiosity didn’t kill that cat; it was his thinking and the choices that he made based own those thoughts that killed the cat.
We cannot hide from temptation, but we can—like Jesus remember who we are in the Lord, we can remember where we come from, so as not to lose sight of where we are going. In that way, we can continue to make choices for our lives that will be the most beneficial to who we are as children of God.
A Love Supreme! 
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