Holy Spirit’s Leading… “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” Matthew 4:1
Sometimes the Spirit leads us into places of faith that are not fun or friendly. On the contrary, this unknown terrain of life requires intentional trust in the Lord because of the intensity of temptations we encounter. Motivations are made right under the pressure of feeling wronged or being tempted to take short cuts. God and His word become very real in the middle of spiritual warfare, so make sure you are immersed in the truth of Scripture. The Bible is your GPS (God’s Prayer Strategy) when discerning where to go.
It is ironic that in one moment Jesus was enjoying the favor of His Heavenly Father, and in an instant He is doing battle with the devil’s deception. Disciples of Christ experience this also, as one day you celebrate an answered prayer, and the next day you are desperately petitioning Christ for wisdom, healing or direction. The Christian life is not a continuous mountaintop. Instead it is full of ups and downs, plateaus and valleys of death.
Therefore, stay true to the Holy Spirit’s leading in your life. Go where He says to go. Especially when it requires sacrifice, devotion and obedience. Listen to the Spirit’s prompting in prayer and look for His leadership in Holy Scripture. Make it your simple prayer, like Philip “Where He leads I will follow”. He obeyed the Holy Spirit’s leading.
“The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing” (Acts 8:29, 39).
Will I be obedient regardless of where the Holy Spirit is leading? Am I on my way into the desert, am I in the desert, or am I on my way out of the desert?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading? How will I respond?
September 23, 2021
“There is not a single part of your story that remains unaffected by the healing presence of Christ.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 23, 2021 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no [...]
September 22, 2021
“Lean into the Lord’s love, so your soul will not remain lean but full.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 22, 2021 Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel [...]
September 21, 2021
“You have been made on purpose for a purpose.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 21, 2021 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 There once was a man who netted three trout from a [...]