Day 39 - Jesus Ministered to by Angels
Tempted in the Wilderness
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. - Colossians 1:16 -17
The new era has begun; John and Jesus have grown into devout men. Now its time for their public ministries to begin. John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus’ ministry. He stations himself in the wilderness and cries out; "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”: THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS: 'PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD; MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.’ (Mt. 3:2-3)
New Era Sign - Holy Spirit Descends - Empowerment is Available!
Jesus, in order to fulfill all righteousness ‘, identify with sinful men’ and to fulfill the plan of God goes out into the wilderness to be baptized by John.
When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mt. 3:16-17)
New Era Sign - Wilderness Testings - Preparation to Reign!
After His baptism Jesus was led into the wilderness: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If (Since) You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."(Mt. 4:1-3)
Notice: Satan is not questioning Jesus’ deity, he is challenging Him to prove it through miraculous works
Jesus underwent 3 testings - we too undergo these testings.
- Lust of the flesh - This is a temptation to use God’s gifts for selfish purposes. Satan wants Jesus to use His miraculous powers to provide food for Himself.
- Pride of life - Satan is tempting Jesus to “force” the Father into a supernatural event. Satan appeals to the desire within every man to sense approval from God and to have that approval publicly demonstrated
- Lust of the eyes - look around…all these things (society) I will give you! Essentially, this vision invited Jesus to take a shortcut around the cross. Jesus came to win all the kingdoms of the world and their glory back from Satan’s domain, and Satan offers them to Jesus if He will only fall down and worship him.
New Era Sign - Jesus Passed the Test - Victory is Yours!
All 3 times Jesus used the Word of God to counter the attack of the tempter. FOR IT IS WRITTEN!
Away with you, Satan! For it is written: Jesus replied with Scripture again and commanded the devil to leave. In the same way, we can resist the devil and he will flee from you (Jas 4:7). It worked for Jesus (Then the devil left Him) and it will work for us. (Mt. 4:10)
New Era Sign - Angels Ministered To Jesus - Heirs of Salvation!
Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. (Mt. 4:11) Ministered. Angels ‘supplied him with food,’ as in the case of Elijah; 1Ki 19:5. They also probably ‘gave him spiritual companionship,’ to support Him and prove that ‘man does not live by bread alone.’ The view that the angels brought Him food, accords better with the events just narrated. He who would not turn stones into bread was now fed; He who would not call upon angels to uphold Him in rash confidence was now sustained by them; He who demanded worship for God alone received homage from these servants of God. (Popular NT Commentary)
Word of the Lord
As I was with Jesus, so I am with you says Abba. My Son showed you the way to deal with your wilderness preparation (testing). Before anyone steps onto the ministry scene, they go through a wilderness season - a time when they learn to reign in life. You have been given all the tools you need: My Word, My Spirit, and My angelic host! Victory is Yours! In whatever state you find yourself today, know this, I AM with you! Call upon Me! Use My Word to silence the accusations and temptations of the enemy. The new era has begun to receive a fresh empowerment, divine enablement, and angelic assistance to walk in victory and fulfill your ministry assignments in this season says the Spirit of God.
Open our eyes, Lord!
Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wondrous things from your instruction. - Psalms 119:18 (CSB)
What does the Bible say?
Read: Matthew 4 also look at Deut. 6 & 8 each passage Jesus quoted back to Satan come from these chapters of the Bible. He evidently had studied the Torah in order to use it as a weapon against the tempter.
Action: Set yourself to be like Jesus, like the Bereans, those who studied the scriptures. (Acts 17:11 & 2 Tim. 2:15). The Word of God is a mighty weapon to wield against the accusations and temptations of the enemy. Build up your spiritual muscle - get into the Word - study to show yourself approved.
Decree: The Word of God, the Holy Spirit and the Angels are mighty weapons in my arsenal. I will use them to expand the Kingdom of God in the earth.