Friday, January 4, 2013

Then comes testing

Mat 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Following his baptism where he received the Holy Spirit and the voice of God confirmed that he was the beloved Son of God; Jesus was led to the wilderness to be tested. Have you noticed that after we have experienced some spiritual high point, that we are then soon tested? Sometimes we fail the test, but Jesus never failed, nor did he ever sin.

He was led into the desert, a favorite place to pray to the Father. He fasted, without food for forty days and forty nights. Forty is the number of trials or testing's. He probably had water to drink, but he ate no food. Later he would say to his disciples:

John 4:34 ... My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Satan came to tempt him; "command these stones be made bread." He could have turned the stones into bread. Jesus would later feed the five thousand miraculous bread and fish. He would turn water into wine, but he was God and as the Son, he was obedient to God the Father. He would not follow satan. We are not to follow satan or our own will, but we are to submit to God.

We are not to live on bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Every word of God is our life giving food. If God has spoken, then we may speak his words, for they are food and power over this life and to defeat the devil. We can speak with authority the word of God, anything else must submit to his authority. We are to examine every thought and imagination.

Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  

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