You Can Go Kicking and Scream Or . . .

. . . you can let God lead you there.

Yesterday I blogged how the children of Isreal had to wander in the desert due to their fears.  Their fears canceled out their faith. Therefore the couldn't believe in God.

But sometimes, God leads you into the desert.

Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

Notice who led Jesus into the desert?  The Holy Spirit.

The desert is a place where you can focus on God.  There are no distractions to keep you away from Him.  Only our complaining about being in a desert can distract us from what He wants us to do.

Paul addresses this in Philippians 4:11  Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Jesus was in His Fathers will.  Therefore, He wasn't upset about being in the desert.  He knew that there was a purpose to His Fathers plan.  His Father knew that this would serve Him well in His ministry.

When in the desert.
#1 - Focus on God, not on your circumstances.  Things can change.  Joseph went from being a favored son to being a slave.  Then from a favored slave to a prisoner.  Then from being a favored prisoner to being the prime minister of Egypt.
#2 - Practice your faith in places where there is no faith.  The desert doesn't have a lot to offer.  But Jesus fasted and prayed while He was there.  Fasting and prayer prepared Him for His meeting with Satan.
#3 - Trust God to meet your needs.  He will never fail you.  Jesus fasted for 40 days.  That's called a supernatural fast.  It says that after Satan had left Him, angels had to come and feed Him.  That was cutting it close.  But God never failed.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I choose to be content in whatever situation that I find myself in today because I know that you will never leave me or give up on me.  AMEN.

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