January 4, 2018: SOAP #2954:  Genesis 9-11; Luke 4 Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness 14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee Observation:      The important role of the Holy Spirit continues. Jesus [...]

January 4, 2018: SOAP #2954:  Genesis 9-11; Luke 4

Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee

Observation:      The important role of the Holy Spirit continues. Jesus had been filled with the Holy Spirit at His baptism in Jordan by John.   Now he returned “full” of the Holy Spirit.   There a fresh, new, empowering relationship with the Holy Spirit as Jesus steps out into the ministry for which He was sent.

Now that the Sinless Man is walking in the anointing of the Third Person of the Godhead, one might expect the beginning of a fantastic ministry"one for which the world had long waited.  But the preparation was still lacking.   There needed to be an encounter with the one who tempted Eve in the garden.   This Sinless Man would have to demonstrate His power to resist the evil one. NOTE:   it was not the devil who enticed Jesus into the wilderness, but Jesus was 'led by the Spirit into the wilderness.'

Application:    The timing was right.   The anointing was present.   The battle was engaged.   Jesus was tempted in every way as I am.  Jesus won! The place of temptation became a place of victory! Jesus returned from the place of temptation in the 'power of the Spirit.' The One who has already won the battle over the tempter and his temptation lives in me!   Obviously, He is able to help me!

Prayer:      Jesus, you did not run from the temptor.   You followed the leading of the Holy Spirit.  You overcame temptation!  Holy Spirit, lead me to places of victory. Amen

Pastor Leon
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