We need the Holy Spirit in our lives.
It is not always easy to understand the direction God is
taking us, but when you choose to trust God – You will find that
He uses the hardest & darkest moments in our lives
to accomplish the greatest things for God.
Not only is it natural to question our own decisions, we tend to question God & His plan more than we think about our own choices. We definitely miss out on what is going on in the spirit because we operate & think in the flesh.
IF IT COMES NATURAL – IT IS MOST LIKELY BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT BEING SPIRIT LED.
To be Spirt led, takes work & awareness… it is not easy to do & it is impossible to do in your own strength.
This message was spoken at Elevate Life Church at the Young Adults Service on 7/17/18.
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First, there was an appeal to physical needs.
Jesus was hungry, and the devil tempted Him to make the stones become bread – to satisfy his own hunger because he doubts God’s provision.
THE FIRST TEMPTATION, THEN, WAS TO BE SELFISH, TO THINK ONLY OF HIMSELF.
Second, there was the temptation to take a short cut.
THE SECOND TEMPTATION WAS TO DO IT THE EASY WAY.
Finally, the devil tempted Jesus with power: “I will give you the kingdoms of the world if you will worship me.”
THE THIRD TEMPTATION WAS TO GAIN INFLUENCE QUICKLY, doesn’t that sound like us?
Jesus was not concerned with having influence – he was focused on being an example & leading the way.
Here’s something else to notice & it is absolutely crucial:
EVERY TEMPTATION THE DEVIL OFFERED WAS A SHORTCUT.
GOD NEVER LEADS US INTO THE WILDERNESS TO DESTROY US. HE INTENDS THE TIME OF TESTING TO MAKE US STRONGER.
Remember that life is all about God. It’s not about you.
The wilderness isn’t about you. It’s all about God.
Your temptations are not about you. They’re all about God.
Your spiritual journey isn’t about you. It’s all about God.
When we make life about us, all you will get is what you can get in your own strength.
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
NOTHING GREAT COMES WITHOUT A GREAT COST.
YOU MUST PAY A HIGH PRICE FOR GREATNESS!