The Dove and the Devil!
SERIES: When Your Faith is Tested
Mark 1:9-13 KJV
9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
After a great BLESSING comes a great BATTLE.
At the baptism, Jesus was ANOINTED.
In the wilderness, Jesus was APPROVED.
God does not take you in the wilderness to DO YOU IN but to SHOW YOU OFF.
Temptation is the fulfillment of LEGITIMATE desires in ILLEGITIMATE ways.
Without BREAD you are DEAD
Trust God’s PROVISIONS
Without FAME you are LAME
Trust God’s PROMOTION
Without CLOUT you are OUT
Trust God’s PURPOSE
How to handle temptation:
• EXPECT it
• DETECT it
• REJECT IT
How to win through temptation:
• Be filled with the SPIRIT
• Be armed with the SCRIPTURE
• Be restored by the SUPERNATURAL
Hate has 4 letters but so does LOVE
Enemies has 7 letters but so does FRIEND
Lying has 5 letters but so does TRUTH
Hurt has 4 letters but so does HEAL
God uses the devil to:
• INSPECT you
• DIRECT you
• CORRECT you
• PROTECT you
• PERFECT you