Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. Matt 4:1
To reach your fullest potential for God is going to involve listening to Him and being led by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was led by the Spirit to the wilderness to be tempted. Where and what He did was not of His own choosing. Would you willingly want to go to a desert and be tempted by Satan?
I don’t think so.
To reach the fullest potential for Christ means laying aside what you want to do and being led by God to do His will in you, even when that takes you out of your comfort zone.
Yet there is nothing uncomfortable about the Holy Spirit. Jesus would later call Him the Comforter.
Sadly many Christians will never reach this basic level of living for God. They will not commit to being led by the Spirit. They will fight to keep it boxed up or try and extinguish it.
This was a submitting to God which will be the only way to resist the devil.
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:7-8
To resist the devil you must first submit to God. Submission to God will often mean going someplace or doing something that isn’t exactly comfortable for you.
Submission to God has to be done without question. God knows what He is doing
Submission to God’s will is to crucify your own. So, in a sense, Jesus crucified the flesh at this time, way before the actual event took place.
It is written those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Gal 5:24-25
To follow the leading of the Spirit will fulfill Father’s purpose in your life. It did for Jesus.
How could He really understand what you go through from day-to-day if He did not face the same.
This High Priest [Jesus] of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. Heb 4:15
Jesus submitted Himself to the full-blown temptation of Satan. Satan knows your weak spots just as he knew Jesus’. Jesus was able to fulfill His purpose only after going through temptation.
You will find greater fulfillment in God’s plan for your life when you are able to overcome temptation. Remember that temptation is not sin but giving into it is!
There will be more on temptation in a later blog. Tomorrow is a look at humility.