READ: Matthew 3:16-17, 4:1-11
Do you remember what you experienced when you received Jesus?
It has been forty years for me and I can still remember the relief and love I felt that day.
Have you ever been in a worship service or at a concert/meeting ,where the presence of God was Sooo strong you just wanted to stay there?
Several years ago my church had concerts at our coffee house on Friday nights. We had local bands play, sold espresso drinks and had ministry time at the end of the concert. There were several occasions when the presence of God was so strong I wanted to stay there all night.
Symbolically/spiritually- we will see what happens when a person becomes born again. Also there are seemingly endless amounts of truth in these verses, this is just a few of them! (With Gods word there is always more than meets the eye!)
It all started with
16 And when Jesus was baptized, He went up at once out of the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he [John] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. 17 And behold, a voice from heaven said, This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight!
Matthew 3:16-17 (AMP)
When a person asks Jesus to be their Savior and Lord they are raised into a new life in God through Christ.
3 Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
5 For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].
Romans 6:3-5 (AMP)
The Holy Spirit comes and lives inside them (This is referred to as being “Born” of the spirit). God becomes their Father:
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!
Romans 8:14-15 (AMP)
But look what happens next.
1 THEN JESUS was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil.2 And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry.
3 And the tempter came………….
Matthew 4:1-3 (AMP)
Notice: When we go without spending time regularly in Gods word it is the same as not eating! We get hungry(depleted) and that is when the “tempter” (devil) comes! He will always question your position(Who you are in Christ) and your authority (Jesus gave you His!)
“THEN” HAPPENS! Monday always follow Sunday, nighttime follows the day.
“Then” is after the music stops and everyone has gone home, the seats are empty and the lights are turned off. When you are all alone and you start to get hungry
“Then” the tempter (the devil) comes..
Remember what God has promised (His Word concerning) you and know you are NEVER alone ( I will not leave you orphans -Jesus). Know who you are in Christ when the devil starts questioning who you are with, “If you are...“
30 DAY CHALLENGE
The following are some scripture verses you need to affirm (write down, speak out loud, and say often) so you will be prepared when “the tempter comes”
I AM FREE AND CLEAR!
39 And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God.
Acts 13:39 (AMP)
I AM NOT CONDEMNED !
1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 (AMP)
I AM NEW AND IMPROVED!
17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)
I AM COOL WITH GOD AND HE IS COOL WITH ME!
24 [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,
Romans 3:24 (AMP)
I KNOW GOD IS NOT ANGRY WITH ME!
1 THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
Romans 5:1 (AMP)
I AM PERSUADED THAT NOTHING CAN SEPARATE ME FROM THE LOVE OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS!
Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:37-39 (AMP)
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:16-18 (NKJV)
For further study read: ROMANS