Forty Days of Tests
“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, 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.” (Luke 4:1-2, NIV)
Earlier this year, I completed a month-long fast refraining from coffee, all meat, breads and sweets. I confess, I had some rough times, but I grew spiritually as God’s grace equipped me to deal with the hunger and desire. When I read these verses, I am reminded of my fast. We see that Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, was led by the Spirit into the desert where he fasted for forty days and was tested by Satan. The battle lines had already been drawn generations before His birth. The eternal fight between God and Satan, good and evil, righteousness and sin, Heaven and Hell, faith and fear, was on again. Satan, the supreme opportunist, showed up and offered food to a fasting and hungry Jesus. God’s grace and power ruled, and once again Satan was defeated.
In our daily lives, Satan (Father of Lies, Enemy, Tempter, Accuser, Adversary, Deceiver, Thief, Roaring Lion, Murderer, Power of Darkness, Prince of the Air, Ruler of the World, Ruler of Demons, and Wicked One) will test us. As a Christian, I am comforted by the fact that the issue was settled on the cross once and for all. The blood of Jesus handed Satan and every demonic spirit eternal defeat. The blood of Jesus protects me, anoints me and assures me victory in every battle. Like Jesus, I have to walk it out one day at a time, as long as I live.
Child of God, are you being tested today? Is your favorite food (dessert), sex or porn, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, power, money or greed testing you? Remember, Jesus knows the pain of hunger and temptation. He knows it is real. I encourage you to pray and ask Him to help you. I bear witness that His grace will enable you to win every battle and pass every test!
Father, thank You for loving us and sending Jesus to live, suffer, and die as a man on the cross for our sins. Jesus, Your example in the face of tests, temptation and suffering gives me courage and confidence. I receive Your grace to face every battle and test. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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