Have you been facing troubles and tests where you feel overwhelmed? Do these tests keep coming hard and fast, day after day? I have. However, I have Good News for you, no weapon formed against you shall prosper (see Isaiah 54:17). This too shall pass, it is temporary and it has an expiration date. And these tests only take place here on earth, not in heaven! The children of Israel are no longer in the wilderness! And Jesus is alive and in heavenly places next to our Father. Rejoice!
Peace In Jesus
Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit and He defeated the devil left, right, and center. Every challenge, test, and temptation the devil threw at Him He passed. Let us be encouraged and empowered for John 16:33 reads, “I have told you this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” We have the overcoming Spirit of God living in us and surrounding us. We have His peace. Rejoice!
The devil tried to plant the seed of doubt and unbelief in Jesus’ mind the same way he tries with believers today. He said to Him, “‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.’” But Jesus told him, ‘No! The Scriptures say “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:3-4) Then the devil said to Jesus, ‘if’, which is translated into planting the seed of doubt and unbelief with this little word.
He tries to do the same today. And throughout this wilderness experience, Jesus never changed His answers. They were all “It is written and the Scriptures say.” Believers, this is our weapon today: the Word of God, our faith, and standing firm on the Solid Rock of our foundation, Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life (see John 14:6). The Lord promises victory in the wilderness (see Isaiah 43). All the Lord’s promises prove true (see Psalms 18:30). For all of God’s promises are fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory (see 2 Corinthians 1:20).
Final Words: The Wilderness
In the wilderness experience, do not give up! Know that you are being led by the Holy Spirit, know who you are in Christ. Remember to read, study, meditate on His Word day and night. Learn the word, be a doer of the word, and apply the word to every test or temptation. Have faith only in God. Trust Him. Know to walk in agreement with God and what He says about you, what you have, and what you can do in Him. Worship only God, the Sovereign Lord. Serve only God. Follow Christ. Commit yourself to fasting and prayer, start small miss a meal and spend time in His Word then build up to fasting for a day, 3 days, 21 days, 40 days as the Holy Spirit leads you, try it.
Know that believers must go through tests and temptation, we must face it, it refines us, it takes us from the pit to the palace. There is a purpose in the wilderness experience. Know what the Holy Bible says and what God says about you and the situation. Stand firm in the whole armor of God against the lies of the devil, for he is defeated. Praise the Lord, exalt His name in every situation, praise your way out, for victory belongs to Jesus. And we belong to Jesus. He lives in us and that means we are victorious, rejoice! You are of God, little children, and have overcome them. Because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (see 1 John 4:4). Rejoice!