Led by the Spirit…

Luke 4: 1-13

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness  for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry.  The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”  And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’”  And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,

and him only shall you serve.’”

And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here,  for it is written,

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,

to guard you,’ and

“‘On their hands they will bear you up,

lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”  And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

 He went full of the Holy Spirit and the key piece of knowledge that can help us understand is, Jesus did not go alone, in the flesh.  Neither do we live this life alone, in the flesh.  Jesus was attacked at weak points of the human  nature, as are we.  He was attacked in his physical weakness of hunger, the human nature weakness of desire for selfish gain and power, and finally human nature’s desire for invincibility.  He fought these attacks with scripture, as can we.  He was attacked with scripture and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit  showed him the lie; we can ask for that.  He fought back again with scripture, as can we.  Knowledge of the Word of God and the nature of God is crucial here.  Words can be twisted and the father of lies is master of that skill.  God’s Word can be twisted as Eve found out:  Did God say….?  She fell and Adam followed.  That gave the reason for Jesus, often called the second Adam, to face the same tactics and not fall victim, but demonstrate for us the ability we also have in Christ, to defeat the attacks of the enemy. 

 A sure knowledge of the Words of God is necessary!  Without that we are vulnerable.  Do we see the reason it is vital for our spiritual and physical health and well-being to be in God’s Word, committing it to memory, reflecting on it and allowing the Holy Spirit to bring understanding and remembrance?  Are we His people, called by His name?  Then do we follow the command to humility; humble themselves and pray, the command to live life as he directs; turn from their wicked ways, selfish driven ways.  Are we listening?  Do we hear the call of the Spirit today? Are we following the Spirit’s lead?   His promise is true; he will hear and heal.

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