11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
Today’s Inspiration: God is speaking to His people to seek Him that He might bring them victory in whatever they do. WToday’s Inspiration: It is a basic fact that between the place of receipt of a Promise and the fulfillment thereon lies the place of wilderness that is contrary to the Promise. Sometimes we wonder what is happening. Here we are given a great promise and the next thing we are brought to the wilderness. Jesus is no exception. After God identified to His disciples that Jesus is the Son of God, he enters into the wilderness to fight the enemy to appropriate the promise. Matthew 4:4-11. I am sure all of us can identify ourselves in this experience. However, this is God’s way of growing our faith and forming our character so that we are able to handle the inheritance He has in store for us.
The Israelites were released from bondage from Egypt rejoicing and the next moment they see the Egyptian soldiers hot at their heels. This is the basics of Christianity which must be grounded in every believer so that their faith will not waver. Notwithstanding the wilderness experience, we still have to cling onto Him, knowing full well He will not shortchange us but to give us a spiritual inheritance worth more than precious stones.
The first wilderness experience like the Israelites’ encounter at the brink of the Red Sea was to test their faith to cross over to flee from the Egyptian army. The purpose of this wilderness experience is to teach them to die to their flesh because at that moment no one can save them except for the mercy and Grace of the Almighty God. They are just to stand still and see God to lead them to cross the Red Sea. Exodus 24:13-14.
This baptism denotes their Egyptian bondage is now destroyed and they are to take on a new resurrected life of dying to flesh to grow into Christ. Ephesians 4:15. Likewise our first baptism is to die to self on the cross and a commitment to follow the Lord.
The second baptism at River Jordan was required to enter the Promised Land. This is to fortify our walk with God to win the battles that are ahead of us. Many could not fulfill their commitment today and stayed at the first baptism and this is why their faith easily waver. God wants us to enter into the second baptism to possess our inheritance in Christ.
Jesus is the Resurrection and the life. John 11:25. Following Jesus to the end empowers us to live life after death.
Deuteronomy means the second law where the second set of commandments were given written by the finger of God. . Deuteronomy 9:10. God knew the Israelites cannot observe the first set and hence through Moses it was destroyed. It seems in the natural that it is the result of Moses’ righteous anger. In actual fact, behind it is God’s way of telling us that He knows our rebellious and stubborn hearts that are prone to disobey. Jeremiah 17:9.
We always must come back to the cross. The cross is the path to a resurrected life. We cannot live in the power of a resurrected life without taking up the cross daily and follow Him. When we do not take up the cross daily and follow Him, we are prone to living a self centered life, an overemphasizing of self instead of the Kingdom and our King. The cross is the beginning of our journey of our life with Him and the end of our journey to claim our inheritance. Just like the Israelites were reluctant to enter into baptism at the Red Sea, we do not truly understand our first baptism. We just follow what others are doing. The only way they were compelled to cross was to harden Pharaoh’s heart to corner them to the first baptism at the Red Sea. Exodus 13:17-18.
None of us want these trials but it is necessary because it is the route to everlasting life – a test of our loyalty and steadfastness to the Almighty God. It is the only way to align our heart with God’s heart to lay down our reign to conform to His image to inherit a crown that will not decay. We must always remember that God will not allow us to go through what we cannot bear. 1 Cor 10:13. He is a merciful God with a lot of compassion whenever we cry out for mercy like the blind man in Jesus’ days. We need to open our eyes to see Jesus’ way to be delivered totally from our trial. There is a time for everything. Ecclesiastes 3:1.
In these end days, we are being caught between two powers pursuing us – to retreat means everlasting death but to run to the cross and linger till the battle is over, fighting with God’s Angel armies on our side means everlasting life. Which do you choose? To fight to the end and don’t give up is the pathway to everlasting life.
It is only the grace of God that can deliver us to grow to another level of faith. The mature do not run from the cross but run to it and choose to take up the cross and follow Him daily.
We must be warriors with the greatest cause, preparing for the greatest battle ahead of us. Will you allow the Lord lead you to triumph? Follow Him in good times and bad times. God be praised.