Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Luke 4:1-2 NIV 2011

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days and at the end of them he was hungry.


Jesus was tested in the wilderness after His baptism. This account is found also in both Matthew 4:1-11 and Mark 1:12-13. Luke’s Gospel account differs with his emphasis on the Holy Spirit. Luke weaves the Holy Spirit throughout his Gospel and Acts, using it 57 times. The wilderness was the Judean desert, which was located between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Jesus went without food for forty days just as Moses and Elijah in Exodus 34:28 and 1 Kings 19:8. Jesus, tempted during forty days without sustenance, was present with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit indwells believers as they face temptation of any kind.


Humans have been tempted since Eve chose to take a taste of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Temptation is an integral part of our everyday lives. Thankfully we have a Savior that modeled the way to face temptation. Hungry, tired and alone during His forty days in the wilderness, He did not succumb to any temptation. Jesus’ resolve was firm and with that in mind I’m able to steadfastly stand and make godly choices when tempted. The indwelling Holy Spirit helps me face temptation.


How does the Spirit help when tempted?


Standing steadfast daily,


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