Before Jesus started his ministry, he was first led into the wilderness after being baptized.
- God sometimes puts us in position to strengthen our spirit for the challenges and promises that are ahead
- Some blessings or assignments God has for us require us to be at a certain point spiritually to handle successfully
- It’s impossible to grow in spirit without trials, think of your spirit as a muscle, it needs to be used to grow! Trials are gym for the spirit
- What we do in the wilderness, determines our growth or lack there of
- Jesus fasted, and prayed 40 days in the wilderness. His dedication to being in constant prayer through fasting gave him what he needed to resist the devil and his temptations. Although satan probably assumed he would be too weak to resist his advances, Jesus proved that he was too spiritually strong to budge.
- Your time in a trial will either strengthen you or hinder you. The trial doesn’t determine that, we do.
- DO NOT AVOID YOUR POTENTIAL PATH INTO THE WILDERNESS
- If God is leading you, it’s for a reason, and deviating from that path will always create unnecessary problems in the long run.
- I’m sure 40 days of no food did not look or sound pleasing to Jesus, but if it wasn’t for that experience, would he really have been ready to handle the ministry that came immediately afterward? would he have been spiritually strong enough to resist satan’s temptations? The preparation process is for our own good and growth, avoiding it because it seems intimidating will keep you stagnant and out of God’s guidance. *The intimidation is just an illusion, you already have what you need to overcome it!*
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4 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.’ ”
5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’
‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not [a]tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus said to him, [b]“Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.