The Power of Divine Truth

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Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil…. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:1-4).

When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, He answered with teachings we find in Deuteronomy and the Psalms. The truths of revelation have power from the Lord so we can oppose evil and falsity. By reading the Word and trying to apply it in our lives, we can begin to sense the power of these truths to help us turn toward heaven.

Teachings in the Word

How do these passages from the Word help us appreciate the strength the Lord can give us through the truths of His Word?

  • "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices" (Psalm 28:7).
  • "Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me" (Psalm 43:3).
  • The Lord by means of Divine truth protects His own, for He surrounds them with a sphere of light (see Apocalypse Explained 395:2).
  • Good and its affection do not protect themselves but are protected by truth and the understanding of it (see Apocalypse Explained 1121).
  • People who are strong in truths are kept safe from harm wherever they go, even if they are in the midst of hell (see Arcana Coelestia 6769).

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