Hardships Can Be Spirit-Led
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit
into the wilderness to be tempted of
the devil (Matthew 4: 1).
Why was Jesus led into the wilderness?
To find refuge? No, rather to be tempted
in every way possible. And we know that
He was victorious through the Word of
God. And we know He learned obedience through what He suffered. But do
we know that if we cling to Him and
learn from Him, we can be victorious
and learn through our wilderness also?
He showed us how to have the victory in the desert even in the midst of the
wild beasts and the loneliness and the
hunger—with no home and no friends
and no money and no notoriety–He had
nothing in the wilderness, yet He had everything He needed: His Father, and His
In the physical, Jesus was left with
What to Do in the Middle of
nothing so that He would know how we
feel. We tend to think that if we are in a
desert or wilderness place, or are sick in
body, or craving rest, or craving love, or
craving peace, that this place surely must
not be led of God. But just perhaps it is
the Spirit of God leading you into the
wilderness. How are you doing there?
Besides the physical hardships, how are
you responding? Are you responding
with the Word of God? If it is not coming
out of you, then it just might not be fully
in you. You might be so discouraged you
can’t remember it. You need to feed your-
self, but it is difficult. Listen to a Bible
app read to you. Meditate on the Word
day and night. Listen to worship music.
This is the time to do that. Stay there for a
while until you can move again.
Rather than focusing on the hardship,
start speaking truth to the lies that want
to hold you captive. Say to the things
that are overwhelming you that you are
in Christ and He has won the victory. He
won it for you through the hardship and
suffering of the cross. You don’t have to
carry this alone; you are not alone.
Don’t let those lies rule you. Speak
truth. Satan can’t have this child; he can’t
have this marriage, or this homeschool.
You will not give way to discourage-
ment or depression, but you will cling
to Christ. These things will not have the
victory, because in the name of Jesus, you
have the victory.
The purpose of the wilderness was
nothing short of a battle with the enemy.
Perhaps this is your journey as well. Follow Jesus into the wilderness and do battle with your enemy. When you are tried,
respond with the Word of God. Sometimes you have to follow Christ to places
of misunderstanding and rejection and
hatred. Sometimes you are called to fellowship with Him in His suffering. When
you follow Him to the cross you will find
Hardship Is a Battle and We
We are in a battle and need armor and
weapons to fight. We need to hold up
the shield called faith. And we need to
wield the sword of the Word of God.
Jesus defeated the enemy with Scripture:
Don’t let those lies rule
you. Speak truth.