When I was in school, taking tests was never something I looked forward to at all. I would have anxiety, loose sleep and be very nervous the night before the test. I studied for the test so that wasn’t my concern, but just the pressure of failing the test was in my mind. I would always pass the test because I was prepared, but there were times when the teacher would come in the classroom and tell us that we were having a pop quiz. These are the tests that no one was expecting, but the good thing was the teacher would allow it to be an open book test. At times on this journey with God there will be some tests and trials in life that we weren’t expecting, but it’s an open book test. We must be full of the Word if we expect to pass the test, trials and the temptations of this world.
In this particular passage we find Jesus about to enter into His ministry after being baptized by John in the Jordan River. The heavens open and the Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove, and God said “this is my Son in whom I’m well pleased”. Then He was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. This is just like life at times when God blesses us, then the enemy comes with burdens. The wilderness is a place that we all will encounter on this journey, but the good news is God has already anointed you to get through it.
Our perception of a circumstance or situation is what will allow us to see the God in it or in them. It is important to have a winning appetite if we are to resist the temptation when we are weak. A spiritual appetite will keep us from falling for physical hunger. I never go to the grocery store hungry to shop for groceries because I will find myself picking up items that I really don’t need or that are not good for me.
There are places and people that we should stay away from when we know we are weak and vulnerable in the flesh. The enemy knows our weakness, so he will put that in front of you to distract or cause you to fall; however, having the right spiritual diet and appetite will keep you from falling into the traps of the enemy.
Having a winning attitude is another step to overcoming temptation because it is imperative for you to know you are purposed to pass the test. Your mindset is the first line of defense to receiving the victory. Family, never compromise your faith when God has destined your future with greatness. If God has led you to the wilderness, then He will see you through the wilderness, but we must realize we are anointed to win. Family, the word is the weapon God has equipped you with to get the victory so let’s begin to use it and be victorious in every area of our life. The year of Victory 2018!!