Sep 16, 2016 00:00
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.Luke 4:1-2 (NKJV)
It is the joy of every serious Christian to see God move through them. However, in our times very few Christians are experiencing God's power in their lives. Many end up frustrated and even doubt the power of God. However, as we do our study we'll discover certain things that will determine whether God will move in us or not.
So the Lord Jesus, after being baptized by John the Baptist and being filled with the Holy Ghost was led into the wilderness where he fasted for forty days and forty nights. Later in the 14th verse of the same chapter we see Jesus coming back in the power of the Holy Ghost:
Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.Luke 4:14-15 (NKJV)
The Jesus that went into the wilderness and the one that came back are very different. One had the power and was glorified by all, the other one didn't have. Before He went into the wilderness He was still full of the Holy Ghost, however this power could not be harnessed. That means that there are certain qualities that are needed in our lives if the power of God shall flow freely in our lives, and so we begin to examine why the word power is only mentioned in verse 14 and not in verse 1
Now before one can be entrusted with any great responsibility they will have to prove themselves approved first. The approval precedes the assignment or the glorification. People go for job interviews, not to be disqualified but to prove themselves able to do the job. James 1:12 tells us the man who endures temptation is blessed for when he has been approved he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Now the approval comes after the endurance, and the crowning comes after the after the approval. The crown of glory could not be placed on Jesus until He had been approved, that is, having shown Himself to God an approved workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim. 2:15
The word endure as used in James 1:12 comes from the Greek word hupomeno which literally means to stay under, that is to remain or to bear up courageously. That means to be able to stand even under great weight. A good example would be a safe, which is build to withstand adverse conditions such as fires and burglars. If one has put their valuables in a safe they wouldn't have to worry even if the house caught fire, or thieves broke in because the safe can simply not catch fire and it cannot be opened either. Now before the Lord can deposit anything valuable in a 'safe' He has to be sure that the valuables won't catch fire if the safe is put under adverse conditions. In the natural, it's only approved safes that can be entrusted with valuable goods, and the same is true in spiritual things too.
So it is scripturally safe for us to say something like this: "Then Jesus, having shown Himself an approved workman who needed not be ashamed because He rightly handled the word of truth; and having endured temptation was approved, and thereafter He returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all." While still on the example of the safe, we can also say that Jesus' safe was approved, having not caught fire in the wilderness and was found safe enough to contain the treasures of the Kingdom, and that is why the glory in the treasures manifested after being in the wilderness. The same needs to be testified of anyone who desires to see the Holy Spirit move in their lives. So the question is: "How safe is your safe? How much treasure can it contain?"
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