Good morning, God! Thank you 4 this day. Thank you 4 meeting my needs. I come 2 You today, asking that You will increase my faith. I want my faith 2b as "the grain of mustard seed that can move mountains" and as constant as Your love for me. Please move in my life and strengthen my spirit through Your Holy Spirit. May I be a faithful witness 4 You, my Lord. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
God Leads Us into the Desert
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil" (Matt 4:1).
There is a common teaching going around today that says if u do all the right things in your Christian life, u will be blessed and never experience problems in your life. This teaching is heresy. The Bible says that we will encounter many problems during this lifetime. Just read Peter's epistle.
Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert 2b tempted by the devil. Why would God lead His Son into the desert 2b tempted? Why would God lead u and me into the desert?
The desert is a place 2 learn something about ourselves. It is the place where we determine if we will truly live by every Word of God, not by bread alone. When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, Jesus responded to every temptation by citing what the Word of God said about that temptation.
This is also the way u and I must respond 2 the temptations that are brought our way. We must have the Word of God written into our hearts in order 2 know how 2 respond 2 given situations.
The Bible says, "the truth shall make u free." It is knowing and doing the will of God that allows us 2 live free from the temptation of evil.
The desert is often the place of silence. However, it is also a place where the devil will speak loudest bcoz u are in a place of weakness and the comforts of your normal life are not 2b found. It is a place where God is often silent but can also be a place where God speaks loudest. The word desert comes from the Hebrew word "dahbaar" which means "to speak."
If God has placed u in the desert, meditate on the Word of God so that u will withstand the temptation that comes in the desert place.
Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.