God rescues you when you are in trouble. Psalm 50.15
God promises to be your protector. Psalm 84.11
God gives you his peace. John 14.27
God will never leave you or abandon you. Hebrews 13.5
God walks with you in times of trouble. Psalm 138.7
God’s love never ends. 1 Chronicles 16.34
God meets your everyday needs. Matthew 6.33
God promises abundant life. John 10.10
God promises that if we search for him we will find him. Deuteronomy 4.29
God promises to listen when we pray. Jeremiah 29.12
God is your strength and help in trouble. Psalm 46.1
God heals your wounds and hearts. Psalm 147.3
God gives you eternal life. John 3.16
God helps you. Hebrews 13.6
God directs your paths. Proverbs 3.6
God cares for you. 1 Peter 5.7
God comforts you. Psalm 23.4
God gives you rest. Matthew 11.28
God strengthens us. Philippians 4.13
God provides for your needs. Philippians 4.19
God is faithful to keep all his promises. Hebrews 10.23
God comforts you. 2 Corinthians 1.4
God has power to do everything he has promised. Romans 4.21
God promises not to lie. Numbers 23.19
God promises no more tears, no more pain, no more suffering in heaven. Revelation 21.4
Take a moment to share one or more of these with someone.
Which one(s) bring the most comfort to you?
I invite you to re-read Luke 4.1. “And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness…”
Jesus was full of the Spirit AND led by the Spirit. As leaders it becomes crucial that we follow this pattern of followship. We are to be full and led by the Spirit for the work of God in and through our lives.
Following Jesus’ temptation, he begins his ministry. In other words, his vision begins to unfold for the people. So much has happened up to this point in preparation for the vision.
Verse 14 is an interesting one. Following the temptation, Jesus returns ‘in the power of the Spirit.’ Jesus is empowered for the mission before him. He realizes that before spreading the vision God has strategically placed in his heart, he must have an encounter with the power of the Spirit.
Note the transformation that takes place. Jesus full (covered over) of the Spirit moves to in the power (special miraculous power) of the Spirit. Leaders who attempt to move out without the power of the Spirit potentially limit their impact. It’s the work of the Spirit in us that ushers in results.
Avoid the greatest temptation of all…leading in your own strength.
It is from here that Jesus begins his ministry. Verse 15 tells us that he begins his teaching ministry. His message has stood the test of temptation.
In what ways are you allowing the Spirit of God to work in your life?
What gifts will you need to lead?
Isaiah 40.31 tells us that those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. This is one of those verses that we love to quote for others but don’t enjoy living out ourselves. We don’t like to wait.
July of 2015 I went through four surgeries in three weeks. This three week period also included three emergency room visits, three hospitalizations and three unplanned surgeries.
As you can imagine I encountered several doctor appointments, pre-op and post-op waiting periods, long periods of waiting in the emergency room and a plethora (I love that word) of lab results from doctors and hospitals.
Everything seemed to hinge on me waiting by the phone for a result.
And then one day I sensed the Lord speak to me to help me change my perspective.
Rather than waiting for a phone call from a health professional, why not use that time to wait on what He was saying and what report He wanted to bring my way.
Thus I began a new journey of waiting. My life no longer depends on the phone call from an individual, but rather renewing my strength as I wait on God and His report.