Mini-Series on ”Jesus is tested in the wilderness” Part 2

“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.’ ” ~ Matthew 4:3-4

From part 1 we saw that Jesus was tested as soon as he was done with the 40 days of fasting.

*Fasting was something that was practiced since the old testament. It was a time/period when someone will deprive themselves of anything that they had, wanted, or had become a habit/routine in their life. This deprivation was a symbol to God that they will sacrifice that particular area in their life in order to seek and connect with him. Now keep in mind there are so many fast out there but according to the Bible, when men and woman fasted that meant they eliminated food and water.

The second important thing to notice in Matthew 4:1-11 but specifically in verses 3-4, is that the enemy attacks immediately!

Immediately the devil will tempt you and test you! He will come with an organized strategy to destroy you. He will acknowledge who you are and let you know that he is aware of your identity. The way He will let you know will be in the way he speaks or sends people your way to speak to you. In verse 3 we see that the devil spoke to Jesus in a very confident tone to confuse Him and distract Jesus from seeing his plan. Here is verse 3 ”The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

How the devil spoke to Jesus, ”If you are the Son of God…”.

How the devil speaks to us and sends people, ”Aren’t you a Christian?”.

They’re both rooted from the same plot! They’re both rooted in confusion. The enemy loves to come and plan attacks against us by confusing us. He likes to demonstrate that he is on our side until he gets us. Once he has us, he exposes himself. He confuses us by making us question our identity!

However, Jesus understood His identity! He knew He was set apart and chosen by God. God prepared Him in the fast to resist and depend on God completely. Jesus allowed himself to be filled with the power of God’s promises. He understood that this was all part of the plan. He understood that the devil was going to test him as far as Jesus allowed him to. Jesus response back to the devil in verse 4, ”Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”.

Watch your mouth when the enemy is in front of you! Your mouth was meant to speak life to those surrounding you! Your mouth was meant to speak the truth and make the enemy flee!!! Don’t get it twisted! Don’t make those surrounding you flee because of the foolishness of your tongue and then speak life to the lies of the enemy. Your authority to kill should only be toward the enemy! How you respond will make the enemy understand that you see his plan and it isn’t going to work! For it is written the victory will always belong to the children of God. For it is written that Jesus died for all of our sins. So we don’t have to live in shame, embarrassment, lies, limits, diseases, uncertainty and etc. It is written that all those who accept the Lord as their only lord and savior, is a new creation. Smack the enemy back the same way Jesus did! He was confident with what God told him and he declared it toward the enemy.

Quick summary:

1. Jesus set apart time to fast and connect with God. God set him apart to prepare him to birth his purpose. 40 days and 40 nights fasting! ( This is broken down in part one of the series.)

2. Immediately the devil came to test Jesus. He took advantage of his state since he hadn’t eaten anything or drank anything, for 40 days. He tested Jesus by acknowledging who he was and by trying to confuse him with his identity. He wanted Jesus to test God and his power, to prove he is the son of God. Jesus overcame by declaring the truth toward the enemy.

~ Victoria 💛

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Salmos 37:4-6 (Spanish translation of Psalm 37:4-6)

“Deléitate asimismo en Jehová, Y él te concederá las peticiones de tu corazón. Encomienda a Jehová tu camino, Y confía en él; y él hará. Exhibirá tu justicia como la luz, Y tu derecho como el mediodía.” ~ Salmos 37:4-6

“Deléitate en el Señor”; palabras que a veces parecen difíciles de recordar pero que vale la pena conservar. Vale la pena obligar a nuestra carne a cumplir con esta promesa. Vale la pena luchar contra nuestros pensamientos internos y apagarlos a todos, con la guía del Señor. Vale la pena perder personas de nuestro círculo interno. Vale la pena todo, a pesar de que no podemos comenzar a entender por qué tenía que suceder de esa manera. Vale la pena. ¡Vale todo!

Un poco cliché pero muy cierto. Todo lo que vale la pena tener, una vez nos causó una gran cantidad de sacrificio. Podríamos preguntarnos por qué esto tiene que ser tan cierto, pero lo es. ¿Alguna vez has mirado alrededor de tu vida y has visto a personas alcanzar sus deseos tan fácilmente? ¿Te has dado cuenta también de la corta duración de sus logros? ¿Quién crees que les dio ese deseo? ¿Honestamente crees que fue dado por el Señor o fueron sus propias manos?

El comprometerse a aferrarse es decidir fielmente confiar en Dios. Le dice a Dios: “No sé cómo hacer esto o lo que estoy haciendo, pero te estoy eligiendo a ti, Dios. Estoy eligiendo aferrarte a ti independientemente de cómo suene o se vea. Estoy eligiendo aferrarte a ti porque la incertidumbre profunda contigo se siente segura “. Así es como sonamos cuando intentamos entender lo que no podemos. En esos momentos particulares en lo desconocido es cuando nuestros corazones hablan por nosotros. Es la conversación más pura que podemos tener con el Señor, sin cadenas ocultas. Allí es cuando somos auténticos con nuestro creador. Somos hijos de los más altos diciendo que lo necesitamos!

“Hará que tu justa recompensa brille como el amanecer, …” y eso es una promesa. Cuando nos humillamos, Dios nos exalta (Santiago 4:10). Dios no nos está pidiendo que seamos perfectos. Él está pidiendo que seamos fieles, que confiemos, que luchemos, que nos mantengamos, que lo amemos tanto que el pecado sea más fácil de rechazar. Nos está pidiendo que nos apoyemos en su comprensión y no en la nuestra (Proverbios 3: 5-6). Nos está pidiendo que fortalezcamos nuestro espíritu y sigamos caminando. Él quiere que construyamos resistencia y perseverancia. Él está diciendo que confíe en Él porque en este momento usted puede sentir dolor, pero la alegría del Señor lo alcanzará en la mañana (Salmo 30: 5). Él está diciendo, mira todas sus maravillas porque hará cosas más grandes a través de ti … si confías, si te alineas con él, si te aferras y si lo eliges cada vez. ¡No es un soborno sino una promesa! Es Dios siendo padre y dando a sus hijos lo mejor.

Él conoce los deseos de tu corazón. ¡Anímate en el que conoce tu corazón! Comprométete con tus deseos comprometiéndote primero con el único que realmente te lo puede dar.

~ Victoria 💛

Psalm 37:4-6

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” ~ Psalm 37:4-6

“Take delight in the Lord”; words that seems hard to remember at times but are worth holding on to. It’s worth forcing our flesh to abide in this promise. It’s worth fighting our inner thoughts and shutting them all down, with the guidance of the Lord. It’s worth losing people from our inner circle and having them not want to be around you. It’s worth it all even though we can’t begin to understand why it needed to happen that way. It’s worth it. It’s all worth it!

A bit cliché but very true. Everything worth having, once caused us a great amount of sacrifice. We might wonder why does this have to be so true but it is. Have you ever looked around your life and seen people achieve their desires so easily ? Have you noticed as well how short lived their achievements was ? Who do you think gave them that desire ? You honestly think it was given by the Lord or was it their own hands ?

Committing to hold on is deciding faithfully to trust God. Is telling God, “I don’t know how to do this or what I’m doing but I’m choosing you God. I’m choosing to hold on to you regardless of how it sounds or looks like. I’m choosing to hold on to you because deep down uncertainty with you feels certain”. That is how we sound when we try to understand what we can’t. In those particular moments in the unknown is when our hearts are speaking for us. It’s the purest conversation we can have with the Lord, with no hidden strings. It’s us being authentic with our creator. It’s us being a child of the most high and saying we need Him.

“He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,…” and that is a promise. When we humble ourselves, God exalts us (James 4:10). God is not asking us to be perfect. He is asking for us to be faithful, to trust, to fight, to hold on, to love Him so much that sin becomes easier to turn down. He’s asking for us to lean on his understanding and not our own ( Proverbs 3:5-6). He’s asking for us to strengthen our spirit and keep walking. He wants us to built endurance and persevere through. He is saying to trust Him because at this moment you can be in pain but the joy of the Lord will reach you in the morning ( Psalm 30:5). He is saying look at all his wonders because greater things He will do through you…if you trust, if you align yourself with him, if you hold on, and if you choose him every time. It’s not a bribe but a promise! It’s God being a father and giving his children the best.

He knows the desires of your heart. Take heart in the one that knows your heart! Commit to your desires by first committing to the only one that can truly give it to you.

~ Victoria 💛

Devotional for parents

A repost of a devotional from the Bible application. The subject speaks about being overwhelmed by your blessings. It speaks about parenting and raising up your children in the light of the Lord. 

“The four year old seated in the grocery cart was wailing at the top of his lungs as his mother wheeled through the big box store where I was shopping. She was oblivious to his cries, allowing him free reign with his rage. You could hear his screams over the entire store and I noticed the concerned and annoyed looks on the faces of other patrons. Who was in charge here? The mom or the child?

I know I was guilty many times of allowing my children to take the lead. They call us “mean, strict or old school” and shy away from our original guidelines. We are worn down with requests, debates, arguing, and badgering and we give in. We concede when they tell us, “That’s too hard!”, believing the lie that it’s too difficult for them, or they don’t understand. We are stooping to the maturity level of our child as they are making a power play and winning. We have yielded our leadership and our child is now in charge.

If you are a single mom, or have been through any traumatic event with your children, you bear even more of these guilty feelings. This guilt causes us to back down from our standards and not press through. Or, it can cause us to baby our older children, as we continue doing things for them well after they should have taken the responsibility for themselves.

There is a problem when we parent without consistency and structure. We create insecure children who are at risk in their growth and development.

Why do we give in? It makes us feel better, at least temporarily. It relieves a bit of that mom guilt. Maybe our child won’t think we are so mean or old-fashioned. Maybe they will like us better.

I have news for you: you are the parent. You are not subject to your children, nor are you their friend. Parenting is God’s line of authority, and when we allow our children to wear us down, step over and beyond us, we are allowing an avenue of chaos, disobedience and insecurity into their lives. If we don’t stop it now, we will leave a legacy of confusion, distrust, and someday adults that can’t obey God or stay in a relationship.

Structure in your child’s life is good. God is a God of order, not chaos. If we allow our children to set the bar, they will never reach their God given potential. If we will stand unwavering against the demands, jabs, and complaints of our kids, and not grow weary, we will see our children rise to the standards we set. The dictionary defines the word “mother” as one who brings up another. Bringing up! Giving rise to our children. We are charged with leading them to a higher way. THE Way!

Don’t be like a ship, tossed back and forth on waves of indecision. Set standards that are fitting to you and your family based on the Word of God. Be firm, unmoving, and lead your children to the high path, one that will produce loving, secure adults.

Father, I admit I am weary and easily worn down. Add to that the guilt of my failings, and the fact that I just don’t know what to do in some situations and most days I’m just a mess. It’s no wonder my kids are too. I’m asking You, Jesus, to lead me to new thoughts and ideas of how to lead my children with consistency in the standards you’ve given me. I pray that as I search your Word for direction, that as I walk by Your side, I will be a strong example of guidance and security to my children. Help me not to be tossed back and forth by the complaints and cries of my children, but to hold firm to what I know is true and right. Give me boldness to step into giving rise to my children, knowing that as I find my security in You, I will be more secure in my parenting.”

Mini Series of “Jesus is tested in the wilderness” Part 1

“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 💛

Confianza

No hay nada de malo en tener la confianza en ti mismo, pero tu seguridad debería provenir “del Señor.” Se puede carecer de todas las cosas aquí enumeradas y aún ser alguien lleno de seguridad. Pero sin nuestro señor Jesús Cristo siempre sentiremos un vacío que sólo su misericordia llenará con su plenitud abundante. Acuérdate que en Proverbios 3:26 dice: “…porque el Señor será tu confianza…”. El objeto de tu fe debería ser siempre una sola persona <El Señor>. Lo demás que venga es material o nos llegará poco a poco a su perfecto tiempo. Dios nos da lo que cree qué nosotros necesitaremos, y siempre nos da sin merecer nada a cambio. Mientras tanto tenemos que vivir la vida a su divina imagen con; sabiduría, paz, bondad, amor, intimidad y humildad. Solamente le diréis al Señor, “Señor ayúdame a vivir la vida de fe. A caminar junto a ti y depositar mi confianza y seguridad en ti Señor.”

– Emilio

Let’s be more proud of ourselves

Have you began to look back on the list you wrote down in the year 2018 ? That list that tells you how productive and successful your year was or wasn’t? I hope looking at the list bought a smile to your face! Yes; regardless of what the list is revealing to you. You know why ? You survived last year! You managed to try to stay focus on your goals while handling all the curveballs this year bought to you. You pass some and fail some. Regardless you ended the year exactly how God needed you to! You ended last year still seeking God and running this race. You ended last year ready to begin working in the new one.

Your bringing in this year; new experiences, lessons and strategy! God just started teaching you what you were built for! We are built for OPPOSITIONS!!! Why ? We have decided to live a life that is very contrary to our society. A lifestyle that is lived by the unseen for our physical eyes. People struggle to understand it because they are trying to make logic out of it. They don’t see it, so they won’t believe it. However Paul encourages us once more to press forward. He reminds us that we are built to conquer and not to cower! So smile at 2018 and scream “I conquered last year!”

Main reason why you conquered last year regardless of anything is because you woke up and moved forward! You woke up understanding that there is something more bigger than all of us out there! You chose to walk in obedience regardless of how many times you slipped. By choosing to press forward you chose to put your armor on !!!

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” ~ Ephesians 6:10-17

Let’s stay focus in 2019!!! We will conquer !!!!

~ Victoria 💛