Have you been uprooted from your comfort zone? Do not fret. God has scheduled a come back for this “set back” if you can see your way to sit back and let Him direct this next chapter of your life.
We are making our way through this “wilderness wandering” series where we are using the children of Israel and Jesus’ wilderness experience to help us navigate what may seem like a desolate moment in our lives, can actually be a set up for the breakthrough that we have been endeavoring to achieve .
In today’s post, we are discussing what are some of the principles that we are to learn as we journey through this uncomfortable situation, difficult problem, time of instability. Let’s dive in:
So, here God lays out the reasons for this journey:
- To humble you
- To know whether you are with Him for more than just the “fishes and the loaves”
- That you may recognize that it is in Him that you live, move and have your being
What should be our response?
God’s goal here is to educate His people about what His word has commanded us to do, so that we will be refined through His word and receive the promise:
Has God given you a Promise?
In the above passage, God has given the children of Israel a promise. He goes on to give them a word picture of what He has prepared for them upon meeting the conditions that He has established. And then He says, oh by the way, do not forget Who it was that brought you through that desolated place that you were in. He is the One who is keeping us, leading us and if we will allow Him to teach us through His word, He will lead us out of our wilderness experiences into a prepared place.
But before we get to that place, we must be prepared. So what is God asking you to do in this hour? Are you doing it? One characteristic of the wilderness is the fact that it is void of so many distractions. So this season would be a great opportunity to get into the routine of scheduling time with God, so that you can hear what He is saying to you in regards to His plan for you once you exit this wilderness.
The Wilderness – Designed to Anoint You For Your Next Assignment
When Jesus was led of the Spirit into the wilderness, He was tested and tried in the fire (I Peter 4:12-13,) and He came forth into the ministry. There are times when our wilderness experience has been designed to birth an assignment/ministry that the Lord has given to us. Such was the case with Jesus. For it was after His wilderness experience, that Jesus was anointed for the ministry.
Satan tested Him 3 times with the temptations wherein men are tested: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life (John 2:16). Jesus was under great duress because He had been fasting for forty days, but notice what He said to Satan that caused him to leave Him alone. This my friend, is the same thing that we must do in order to defeat our spiritual enemies:
Did you notice how Jesus handled Satan when He tempted (“attacked”) Him? He quoted scriptures! That is a highly effective skill to employ because the scriptures teaches us that we have power by the words that we speak (Proverbs 18:21,). And the good news is that we can do the same thing that Jesus did, and no doubt there are some of you who “confess” the anointed word of God (which is like submitting yourself to God), and experience the results of watching the enemy flee from you. This is called spiritual warfare and it is highly effective arsenal that the Lord has equipped us with so that we are not at the mercy of Satan when he starts throwing his fiery darts at us. However, we must learn how to put on the whole armor of God, a subject we will be discussing in later posts.
Learning spiritual warfare is a skill that you learn in the wilderness. So, the next time you are feeling the heat, use one of your pieces of armor (the sword of the Spirit), and swing it against your enemy by declaring what is written: If he hits you with sickness, declare “by the stripes of Jesus, I am healed” (Isaiah 53:5). When you feel hell’s hounds hot on your trail, don’t run, turn around and declare: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper!” (Isaiah 54:17)
If God be for you, He is more than the world against you (Romans 8:31). It was this lack of faith in God’s ability to bring them into their inheritance that caused that generation of Israelites to cease from entering into their land of promise. They feared the “giants in the land” and that fear of the giants (rather than having faith in their God) caused them to die in the wilderness. For you it may be the death of your dream, an obstacle to a problem that needs to be solved, or breaking through to that next level. That in fact, will be the subject of the next post: Don’t run from your giants, face them. Giants do fall!