Welcome to our first session of Gleaning From The Heart of Jesus! This is going to be 9 weeks of shear amazingness! I guarantee you, that your relationship with Jesus Christ – will be strengthened, challenged, stretched, and grown. There is no way that we can approach a study like this one, and not come out of this study – changed. transformed. closer to Jesus than we were before. (The same is true for our Ephesians and Isaiah 40 studies, that we focused on this summer)
I want to invite you to get your hands on the Gracefully Overcoming *official* journal, if you haven’t done so yet. We will be using our journals, throughout the study! Open up your journal to day 1. We will be looking at Matt. 4:1-4; Heb. 4:15; Mark 1:35.
Led Out by the Holy Spirit
There is such a force of life, as I read Matthew 4:1. Jesus is led out by the Spirit of God. Jesus does not go out on His own, but He is seeking after the will of the Father. I have been thinking about the act of communing with God.
Communing with the Father
As I picture, Jesus beginning this lonely walk to the wilderness. I think, it was a time of absolute community and wholeness. Jesus is going to the wilderness, where He will have an intense 40 days (no doubt about that!), but look at how He is approaching the wilderness. Hand-in-hand (or shoulder-and-shoulder with the awesome Father). Jesus is not going out on His own. This part of the passage just awakens a passion in me to commune with my heavenly Father.
As Jesus makes this walk to the wilderness, by the Holy Spirit, there is some serious strengthening going on.
Jesus faced an intense experience and conquered the enemy, because of the strength the Father provided!
God wants to give us that same kind of strength, my friends! God wants to strengthen and equip us, for every single thing we face in our lives (see 2 Peter 1:3). God’s Word confirms this truth, that He wants to equip and strengthen us.
We don’t have to go through temptations on our own.
We need to allow the Father to equip us with His strength, as we spend time with Him!
We don’t have to go through temptations on our own. We have Jesus! (Click-to-Tweet)
What kind of quality time are we spending with our heavenly Father? This is a hard question to answer, but we are given hope as we realize the place we are in. Because we can grow in our quiet time with the Lord.
Jesus’ temptations were a direct attack on Him, by the Devil. See, the Devil knew who Jesus was. He already knew Jesus was, is, and will always be the very Son of God. The Devil wanted to poke at His identity. If the Devil could get Jesus to question His identity, then, he had him.
If the Devil can get us to question our identity in Christ (as heirs and children of God), then we are right where he wants us.
But, we can be victorous over our enemy!
Jesus Christ has overcome death, and defeated the Devil. Jesus Christ has proved who He is (and will always be). (Click-to-Tweet)
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