What if I told you… (Luke 4)

 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness. Luke 4:1

One of the moments in Jesus ministry that has always left me wanting to more is this one before us in Luke 4.  Jesus has begun His earthly ministry in the baptismal waters of the Jordan.  God the Father has given His approval by given a divine word from heaven.

But then the Holy Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness.  In the wilderness Jesus becomes hungry (showing us His humanity).  In the wilderness Jesus gets harassed (showing us His understanding of what we face).  In the wilderness Jesus overcomes hell’s traps (showing us how we can overcome).

This is an amazing story, but for me there is more I want to know.  You ask, “What more is there to know?”  I want to know more about this being both “filled with the Spirit,” and “led by the Spirit.”

We see these two descriptive statements throughout Jesus earthly ministry.  The truth of our Christian success in both warfare and in work lies here.  Jesus teaches us how to appropriate His power in our lives.  As we submit to His ways we are submitting to His Spirit who is Jesus representative on the earth.

This very day you will face both spiritual attack and spiritual assignments.  The question is, “have you learned to be led by the Spirit?”  The Spirit does not only want to lead you to war He wants to be your source of victory in the war.

At the end of the day, Jesus was victorious over the enemy.  Father, lead us and empower us to surrender to the power that overcomes our enemies!!!

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