Jesus, the son of God came on earth as a baby boy to his mother Mary. He stayed at home till he was thirty. Perhaps Joseph died during that time. The scriptures do not tell us. He would have looked after and helped his mother and his siblings. He honoured his mother and cared for her.
The time came when Jesus determined in his heart to accomplish the work he left heaven to do on the earth. He came to forgive mankind their sins, heal their diseases and destroy the works of the devil, who had ruled the earth since Adam and Eve sinned.
His ministry began when Jesus was baptised in the Jordan by John. The heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove and a voice came from heaven , “You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.” Those around heard the voice of God. God was honouring his son before the people and also encouraging Jesus to go forward in his work.
Very often a son or daughter needs that encouragement and reassurance from a parent.
The Holy Spirit led Jesus in the wilderness for forty days being tempted by the devil. He ate nothing. The devil came to divert Jesus from his mission. He knew Jesus was a threat to his dominion over the whole earth.
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. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ ” (Luke 4:5-8 NIV)
The devil states that the kingdoms of the world have been given to him. Jesus came to take away the devil’s authority over the kingdoms of this world.
The devil even knew the scriptures.
The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;
Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” (Luke 4:9-10, 12 NIV)
It is good to pray. It is even better to fast and pray. The devil does not like you fasting. When one fast one becomes weaker and vulnerable and knows one’s need of help. The Holy Spirit and angels ministered to Jesus when he was fasting. In the wilderness he was removed from people, family and friends and all worldly distractions. After Jesus time of fasting he began his ministry.
Do you feel as if you are in a wilderness in your life? You may be surrounded by people or work, but you have that dissatisfied feeling deep down. Has your life not turned out the way you wanted? Do you feel abandoned or neglected by God? Are you sick? Are you thirsty? Do you want your life to count? Do not despair.
I was in that place of despair and death. I called to God and he answered me and gave me life again.
It is a good place to be, because it is there the Holy Spirit can minister to you, like he did to Jesus when he was weak. It is there God can meet you and give you a 180 degrees turn around. It is the best degree to get. Degrees that bring you to God.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. (Isaiah 55:1, 3, 6 NIV)
These words speak of action. Move towards God in the wilderness. Listen to him speaking in your circumstances. Lastly open your mouth and call to The Lord. He hears all who cry to him. He will save you and bring you out of your wilderness.
I pray that your ears will be opened to listen to God and your mouth will be opened to speak to God. I break the power of the devil over your life in the name of Jesus and pray the covering of the Blood of Jesus.