“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” ~ Matthew 4:1-11
Let’s start this year with a great reminder. Let’s not forget that after Jesus completed an area in His life, immediately the enemy tested Him. The year has almost a month in and you might have already died out your desire to make this a full year of progress, breakthroughs, and successes. Wherever you are being tested in take it as a good sign your heading the right direction.
The definition of “wilderness” according to Merrim-Webster is “a tract or region uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings. An area essentially undisturbed by human activity together with its naturally developed life community. An empty or pathless area or region.”
That’s the definition from the dictionary of man. However if you are in God “wilderness” means a few words. It means being processed, broken, tested, tempted, and exalted.
The wilderness is necessary. In the wilderness we get trained, disciplined, strategies, an armor, position, and orders. In the wilderness we will also get tempted, questioned, and drained. However both phases of the wilderness is necessary because both teaches you. Teaches you; what you were built for, purposes for, capable for, and ordered for. Both phases teaches you that in order to reach God, we must first get trained to persevere through anything. The ups and downs. Through what looks easy and what looks hard. What looks pretty and what looks ugly. What is understood and what isn’t. Understanding that all things will work out for our good if we trust God! If we trust that God knows what He is doing and if He allowed it, then I must have needed it in order to become the child He has called me to be.
While reading Matthew 4:1-11 I noticed very important information hidden within theses scriptures. Today I will mentioned the first one.
JESUS WAS LED TO THE WILDERNESS AFTER HE FINISHED BEING SET APART. How was He set apart ? He fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. God was preparing him for His next steps toward His purpose. Immediately after concluding the fast He was tested! The devil wanted to destroy His purpose and give Jesus reasons to give up His purpose. The devil thought that Jesus was in a weak state of mind and physically. The enemy thought in his mind that it was the perfect opportunity to test Jesus and offer Him the whole world because in one of the offers He will receive. The enemy was very wrong ! However keep in mind in the way Jesus reacted and responded to the enemy each time !!
Whenever you set apart time to have a divine intervention with God, everything He spoke, you declared, He showed, you received, will be tested. The test will reveal how deep your understanding is, faith is, and determination really is.
~ Victoria 💛