When God Changes Your Mind.

This morning, Duke Matlock, spoke in church.  Duke has been a dear friend of mine for years.

God did something through his life for our church.  He told me after the service that the message he shared wasn't his original choice.  But that the Holy Spirit directed him in that direction.

Isn't it cool how the Holy Spirit redirects our paths?

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

Jesus has just been baptized by John the Baptist inaugurating the beginning of His ministry.  What's next?  Hold a huge crusade?  Preach a series of revival/healing services?  Start a Bible college?  Nope!  Go into the wilderness, fast and pray for 40 days and them be tempted by Satan himself.  What a way to start off, right? 

When God redirects our paths, often we assume that it is to some glorious place of success.  When in fact God may be directing us into times of struggle.  Time in the wilderness.  

If you find yourself in a "dry" place or struggling to accomplish God's will in your life, then know this.  You're not alone, and Jesus has been where you are at.  So what can you do? 

- Pray and fast.  If you are in a place where you need God's provision, then pursue it will all of your heart. 

- Know the Word of God.  When Hell tempts you, and it will respond with the Word of God.  Hell cannot defeat God's Word of Will. 

- Embrace the struggle, don't turn it into a curse.  Sometimes God does things in our life that we don't like.  That's ok.  But don't let your attitude sour against His will.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me today to do you will.  AMEN