Filled, Led, Armed, Empowered

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness  for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone.”‘ And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, ‘To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.  If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.’  And Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.”’ And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here,  for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,” and “On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”’ And Jesus answered him, ‘It is said, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”‘ And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee.” Luke 4:1-2,14

While Jesus takes center stage in this passage, it is the invisible Holy Spirit Who is the protagonist. It is He Who had filled Jesus at His baptism, and He Who led Him into the wilderness. Thus armed, Jesus victoriously met every temptation with which the devil attacked. He, the Truth Himself, discerned every motive and knew the appropriate truths to combat each temptation, turning upside down every trick the devil employed. He was weary, hungry, under relentless attack, but circumstances did not win out over the power of the controlling Spirit within. (John 14:6)

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How easy it is to be lax in spending time to know God’s word, the truths that support and defend against the world’s constant onslaught. How subtly we fall into ease, loosen our defenses, and muddy our discernment with false teaching. How insidious it is to be filled with all sorts of inane knowledge and trivia, overwhelmed by temporal concerns, spent in superficial efforts. But when I am filled, led, and armed by the Spirit, His power takes over my choices.

Lord, fill me daily with Your Spirit. May I press on to know You and Your word well in order to be able to combat the enemy. He is wily, evil and destructive, but You are my Defender, the sword of Your Spirit, Your word, my best and sufficient weapon. (Ephesians 5:18;6:11,17; Hosea 6:3; John 8:44;10:10; Acts 13:10)

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