The wilderness you find yourself in NOW, may just be God’s chosen pathway to what He has for you NEXT.
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Great things happen as a result of faithfully attending to things which seem unexciting, mundane, and routine, over long periods of time.
Matthew 4:1-11 (The Temptation of Jesus)
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
Verse 3-4: The First Temptation (Bread from Stone)
Jesus’ ATTITUDE = DEPENDENCE on the Father
Verse 5-7: The Second Temptation (Throw Yourself Down From the Temple)
Jesus’s ATTITUDE = TRUST and OBEDIENCE to the Father
Verse 8-10: The Third Temptation (Bow and Worship)
Jesus’s ATTITUDE = SUBMISSION to the Father
Simply being in the wilderness of NOW does not prepare you for what’s NEXT; it’s your attitude in the wilderness that makes the difference.
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.