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Temptation Of Christ - Desert Voice
Temptation of Christ in the desert. Song Title: Desert Voice Composer: Eric Becker. After being baptized, Jesus fasted for forty days and nights in the desert. During this time, the devil appeared to Jesus and tempted him to demonstrate his supernatural powers as proof of his divinity, each temptation being refused by Jesus with a quote of scripture from the Book of Deuteronomy. The Gospels state that having failed, the devil departed and angels came and brought nourishment to Jesus.
On a personal note..
These lines (false confidence, and false attachment disorder) are what were hammering me from my blind side last year. What I'm finding though, is a person does not have to be booted out of my life, but the bond can become different. The battle is in the mind, and I fell into the same thing as the first time. Led down the same road, only with different people operating in two completely different spirits. But, saying all of that, it is my own response, or my own thought patterns that lead me down the wrong road. It is not a sin to be tempted. In other words, it is not a sin for anyone to test another. The sin comes in when the person falls into it when they are hit square in their weak area.
This is the thing though. Life does not coddle weaknesses. If that were true, then Jesus himself would not have been tempted in the desert. The desert place prepared him for the situations and circumstances that were ordained in his own life by God. He had weaknesses just like the rest of us, only without sin. In the place of temptation he was able to get the victory in order to deal with those situations throughout his ministry, and death here on earth.
Those situations that come up are not always evil. The evil is in how a person fails to manage their own sin. Their own self that rises up. The very same situation with the very same people can be walked through in a whole new godly frame of mind. The only way that is possible is to have confidence in God alone even when there is nothing wrong with walking with another in ministry. The focus should not be on another's gifts that the Lord has bestowed upon them, but on God Himself.
See, I knew all this stuff. Knew it. But being led of the Spirit sometimes means walking a path again until knowing it becomes doing or applying it. A major clean up effort in an area that I thought I'd learned how to overcome. Maybe to a degree, like 100 degrees, but not the 1000 degree temperature. Guess there are different heat settings on this furnace of God. Right now it is like the Lord has placed a shield around me like he did for the Jew boys that found themselves dancing around in the furnace. The fire was there, the heat was there, but by a miracle from God they were not getting burned up. The key is not having false confidence or false attachments with anyone or thing thinking that they will lead or protect from that fire. That thing or person could then become the very temptation that is supposed to be resisted and gotten the victory over. If that confidence and attachment is placed in the Lord Himself, then He will give the enabling to stand against the temptation for the victory, even if no one else on earth can see where the victory is being won. Right in the mind.
Learning how to express all of this stuff in an intelligent way is quite the education. Another way of putting all this, I suppose, would be to say there can be an unholy soul tie with a person that actually has a godly soul tie with you. It is all in the thought process. One can be functioning with the mind of Christ while the other with more of a carnal mindset. They may look alot alike at times, but they are very, very different.
The fire of hell is the same fire for all. It is who you walk through it with that makes the difference. Walk through with yourself as protection, or confidence in another for protection then you'll end up as burnt toast. Walk through with the Lord doing what He says, and praying for His protection and enabling, you may just end up as one of those jewels He says He's making.
Hate the constant barrage, but the practice is making me stronger. May the Lord grant that this next time around this mountain that He will enable me and cause me to actually get the victory over these temptations. It would be nice to actually hear how the record sounds beyond the skip.
Sticking with Jesus
Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Going through a dark night of the soul no matter what your age is not an easy thing. There are things that happen in life that can steal our joy, and our trust in God.
Above all it is a battle in the mind. We have a choice what to believe, and a choice who to place trust in. Most often those situations hit at the exact hour when the walk is getting closer to God. Just when a bit of victory is seen, then another thing comes up that can send us reeling in our own mind and emotions.
This, friend, is called temptation. Temptation is not a sin. And often the person or situation that has come does not even know they are tempting you. What is a temptation for one person is not always a temptation for another. The sin is in the individual. In our own self by our own thought patterns and actions. So, the way to overcome is through prayer, and by reading the word of God. Then applying what the word says about what you are going through. We depend on God through Jesus Christ our Savior to enable us, and give us His Spirit in order to do and think what we need to do and think. Asking God to give beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for mourning, peace for dispair. And believing He will give all those things when we are in Christ believing that he died for us.
The thing that many do not understand is the role repentance plays in the victory over temptation. Whenever fear, doubt, unbelief, or a general falling away from God is realized in our own life, our own mind, then the first thing to do is go to God in repentance.
Saying "I'm sorry Lord for doubting, for letting fear
get the better of me. For not believing that You work all things for
good. Please stabilize my emotions. Give me beauty for the ashes in my
life, peace for the dispair that has come upon me, Your oil of gladness
for the mourning that life has brought. Do all of this through Jesus
Christ my Savior, and Your Son who died for me. Who is my High Priest,
and who was also tempted to sin, but did not sin. Place Your Holy Spirit
upon me so that I can come against all the fiery darts of the adversary
in my mind. By Your Spirit show me how to put on Your full armor.
Remind me who I am to You. That You made salvation possible by sending
Your Son to die. Give Me the faith that will turn away my thoughts from
defeat to victory because the victory is Yours. Help me to rest in the
righteousness that I have because I am in Christ knowing full well that I
cannot walk through this battle on my own. Enable me to spread and be
in the middle of the Gospel of Peace, and show me the truth in all
situations. The real truth that You work all things for good according
to Your Word. Place your words from the Word of God within my heart.
Bring those scriptures to mind so that I will have an alternative focus
for my mind. Fill me, Father, with Your Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus
Christ so that through this time of shaking, You will be glorified in
my life. Let all who look on praise Your name for the glory, honor, and
credit all goes to You. Praise You, Father God for your faithfulness to
draw close to me as I draw close to you. Destroy any double mindedness I
have about my situation, and about Your promise to deliver me from my
strong enemy. It is only on you that I place my trust. Help me to
believe even in those times where I cannot believe through my own self.
Rise up in me Father by the name and through the blood of Jesus Christ"