I love the Gospel of Mark. He’s in such a hurry. In four short verses we get the baptism of Jesus AND the 40 days in the wilderness. Here is a lesson I was meditating on this morning in prayer.
The temptation to avoid: The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.Continue reading “The temptation to avoid and the invitation to grasp”
The Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tested by the devil. (Matt. 4:1-11) There are places where the Spirit will lead us to test our character. Even if the event seems intense, it’s a “controlled environment.” We miss those proving ground tests all too often in our own lives. We have weak theologies that don’tContinue reading “Holy Spirit Proving Grounds”
5 Next the devil led him to a high place and showed him in a single instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 The devil said, “I will give you this whole domain and the glory of all these kingdoms. It’s been entrusted to me and I can give it to anyone I want. 7 Therefore, if you willContinue reading “The Way of the Father”
The Spirit has ground my Bible reading to a halt. Not really a halt, but from a fast walk to a crawl. Well, more like a “sit.” AND he won’t even let me access the one book I know will help me “read” this passage more “clearly.” He actually wants me to stop and listen toContinue reading “When the enemy hits hard”
Jesus returned from the Jordan River full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. 2 There he was tempted for forty days by the devil. He ate nothing during those days and afterward Jesus was starving. (Luke 4:1-2) FULL of the Spirit, Jesus is led BY the Spirit… into the wilderness. ThereContinue reading “Oh, the places you’ll go”
12 At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among the wild animals, and the angels took care of him. (Mark 1:12-13, CEB) The Spirit did not lead very softly. The same Greek word for “force” is the same word used toContinue reading “The Leading of the Spirit”