What the wilderness teaches us

The men’s Bible study I am a part of at my church is going through the Gospel of Matthew. We’re just getting started so I was reflecting on Matthew 3 this week. John the Baptist comes along and Matthew identifies him as the one crying out in the wilderness. As we were discussing this IsaiahContinue reading “What the wilderness teaches us”

Holy Spirit Proving Grounds

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”

Not All Valleys are “of the Devil”

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matt. 4:1) Not every trial, not every test, can be blamed on the devil. The Lord can put us in tough situations to bring testing, to put fire to our faith… to forge the steel of faith in our lives. It is neverContinue reading “Not All Valleys are “of the Devil””