40 Nights: Faith vs Fear


As with most books that have been converted into movies we expect those creating the film to utilize what could be termed as creative license, in which they alter some of the books contents to produce a better visual representation on the “Big Screen” while trying to stay true to the original content. 40 Nights is not much different in this respect.

40 Nights is centered around the temptations of Jesus, as brought forth through the gospels, (Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13 & Luke 4:1-13). It tells of the time, 40 days, that Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness at the beginning of His ministry. In order to bring more content to the screen, they utilize cut scenes, scenes that take Jesus back in His mind, to things that had happened up to that moment in His life.

The cut scenes ring forth various ages of Jesus forming a small, brief depiction of what His life, some of the aspects not found in scripture, was like growing up as the awaited Messiah. While many of the scenes hold true to the Bible, numerous utilize that which was mentioned earlier, creative license.

In the whole, the movie was very interesting, but some scenes were slightly inaccurate as compared to scripture. The movie begins with the baptism of Jesus. This is a well known aspect of scripture, especially for Christians, but it is not an accurate representation of the gospels. 40 Nights gives the impression that John didn’t recognize the fact that Jesus was the Messiah until after He was baptized.

Matthew’s gospel is the only one that describes the scene before Jesus was baptized. Matthew 3:13-15 (NIV) Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. Thus we can see in scripture that John saw and knew that Jesus was the Messiah before His baptism.

There are a few other questionable aspects, including that idea that Satan turned into a woman and tempted Jesus with pleasure, the idea that Satan knew that Jesus was going to give up His life as a sacrifice for our sins, and the idea that Jesus found a lamb during His temptations and named it Moses.

While there are a few concerns with this production, it has the capability to bring forth the movement of God’s Spirt in anyone blessed to be watching. This is a recommended purchase for personal viewing or even as a gift, but make sure your Bible is within reach so the movie contents can be verified.

40 Nights, as well as many other wonderful Christians materials, can be purchased at http://www.fishflix.com

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/25/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 3:8 The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: All nations will be blessed through you.

Some people might show some signs of hesitancy when it comes to their obedience in regards to the law and God. In one respect, we must be followers of man’s laws, for if we are not there will be dire consequences to follow. But what if these laws are contrary to the precepts of God? The answer is simple: the precepts of God trump the law of man. With that said, we have reached a point where we shall find a powerful understanding. God will not ask us to disregard any earthly law unless it blatantly goes against the truth of His Word. Will God ask us to speed to reach the lost faster? NO. Will God ask us to steal to provide for someone’s need? NO. Will God ask us to use inappropriate language so we can blend in more? NO. God has ordained faith for all people over law, but it’s up to us to decide upon which side of the line we will take a stand.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me follow You above all else within my life. Help my life be a beacon of light that shows this world Your presence.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/24/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 3:3 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?

What is our goal? As Christians, our goal should be to glorify God with out lives. While this is our main goal, we must understand that is comprised of many smaller goals which allow us to reach the point where our lives glorify God. If we attempt to reach this goal alone, we will fail, for it is impossible without the help of God and the encouragement of others. Paul had become agitated with the Galatians. They knew God. They believed in God. They trusted God, and now they were trying to move forward without Him. They turned to justification by law, not God. Our focus, our reason for existence, our goal, should always be God. We must obey the law, but we must never allow that law to supersede God. It all comes down to our goals. Our actions are reflective of our goals. What’s your goal in life?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help it be known that I am here to live for You and You alone.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/22/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 2:11-13 When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.

The opinions of others are important; but more often than not, we put too much stock in these opinions. Peter is a perfect example. He had no problem being seen with the Gentiles until specific people arrived. When they arrived, he was concerned more about their opinions than his own, so much so that he altered his actions to suit their expectations. We worry too much about what other people think. It is true that opinions of others do matter to a certain point, but we have a tendency to go way beyond that point, way beyond what is reasonable. We hang our lives on their opinions. We change ourselves based on their words. We alter our actions because of their entrance. While we might think this is not a big deal, it couldn’t be any bigger. If we are willing to change who we are in the smallest of ways to please others, we would then be willing to change almost anything, even our system of beliefs.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me stand firm on my beliefs because of another person. Help prevent me from wavering in my faith because of the opinions of others.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/21/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 2:6 As for those who seemed to be important whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance those men added nothing to my message.

I’m sure most of us are glad that God does not judge on external appearances; for if He did, most of us would be in drastic trouble. Seriously, it is good for us all that God looks at and knows our hearts, for that is where our true essence lies. Unfortunately, we judge a great deal upon outward appearances. We make snap judgments based on looks, size, race, and/or disabilities of people. We decide often whether we like them, want to come near them, or what their intelligence level is based on our perception of outward appearances. This happens often without even hearing a single word flow from their mouths. We must stop this process from occurring. We must see people through the eyes of God. We must strive to see their hearts, for it is there that we will see the true essence of who they really are, the true essence of their existence, and isn’t that what we want them to see as they look upon our lives?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see each person I meet through the contents of their hearts and not their outward appearances.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/20/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 2:3-5 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. This matter arose because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might remain with you.

Society has certainly changed in the past 25 years. Technology and science have transformed us into a world that never seemed possible, one that no one could have imagined 25 years in the past. But along with our marvelous advances, we have lost ground in many facets of life, religion being the worst. We have come to accept compromise under the guise of political correctness. We have almost given up taking a stand for ALL the principles and life directives taught in the Bible under the guise of political correctness and compassion for all mankind. There is nothing wrong with compassion. In fact, as Christians, our lives should be filled with compassion, but not on the coat tails of compromising the truth of scripture. Our stand must be intentional, purposeful, and focused upon the truth of God and His Word; otherwise, it’s not a true Christian stance at all.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, show me how to stand up for You. Teach me how to remain focused on You. Help me show others that I am not ashamed of Your presence within my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/19/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

You are a sinner. What comes to mind when you hear the afore mentioned phrase? No one likes to be called a sinner, but in reality we all fit the bill, so to say. All of us have sinned; all of us have gone astray at some point or another. Really, there is nothing wrong with being called a sinner, because we know that through Christ our sins are forgiven and released, never to be held against us again. Jesus was crucified for the forgiveness of our sins, so, in essence, we can say that our sins were crucified with Christ on the cross of Calvary. If we sincerely seek the forgiveness of God through the shed blood of Jesus, we shall be forgiven, we shall be restored, and we shall be set free to walk forward in the name of Christ.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, I am a sinner that needs to be set free. Help me find this freedom today.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/15/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 1:6-7 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.

Paul was astonished that the church in Galatia was turning from the truth of the gospel, the truth that they had come to, at one point, cherish. He did not believe their desertion of the gospel had come at their own decision, but instead he believed that it came from the deception of false teachers. Paul grieved into the depths of his soul. His heart ached for them and the path that they had begun to walk. Paul’s concern was for their future, their eternal future. How often have we ached for the misguidance of others? Many Christians worry about themselves more often than they do any other person. They might talk about the wrong direction this person or that group might have gone, but more often than not they choose not to get involved. This attitude is incorrect. As Christians, our hearts should ache for those who have gone astray, for those who have turned away from the truth of the gospel. If no one shows concern, what will happen to the one who has taken a wrong turn? We must seek to share the truth. We must seek to demonstrate how to live for Jesus, and we must show them that we care about their eternal destination.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me show concern for the misguidance of others. Help me show them that I care about their eternal placement.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

2/14/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 1:11-12 I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

Paul had the opportunity of a lifetime. Many people had come to faith because of his teachings. Many people had begun to follow him, hoping to experience the words that flowed from his lips. With all the attention that was flowing his way, Paul had the opportunity to embrace his fame and utilize it for personal glory, but he always pointed away from himself and towards the One who could bring them what they needed most in their lives. In the midst of today’s televangelists and preachers whose messages seem to be filled with an agenda, can those around us see the truth of our faith, the truth of our love for God? For if they see anything else, then our Christianity is not about Christianity after all.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help my relationship with You be always something that I cherish, something that others see as genuine, something this world understands to be real.

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2/13/14 Daily Devotion

Galatians 1:3-5 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Jesus gave His life for mankind. Jesus gave His life that we could be freed from the bonds of sin. Jesus gave His life that we could be forgiven and set free. Jesus gave His life; will you do the same? Many people have accepted their appointment with Jesus. Many have been very willing to put their lives on the line for the sake of the gospel. Many have given their lives for the glory of God. Unfortunately, many make the claim without the presence of any evidence. As we consider the life of Jesus, we see evidence of His commitment. As we consider the apostle Paul, we see evidence of His commitment. As people look at your life, do they see evidence of your commitment to God?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help my actions, my words, my entire life, become evidence of Your existence.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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