Yesterday we saw how Jesus was anointed by the Spirit for His ministry and then was led through a very severe test by the devil in the wilderness. What was His test score?
“And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about Him went out through all the surrounding country. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.” (Luke 4:14–15). “From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”” (Matthew 4:17).
Every test God allows or takes us through should result in greater effectiveness in His work. This is a consistent principle throughout Scripture and we will see it manifested in those studied in the days ahead. It is tempting to look at these examples objectively without making a subjective application to ourselves. The purpose of these blogs is to help us apply God’s truth and principles to each of us so our usefulness in missions and the church is increased and Christ is exalted.
Jesus returned from testing in the wilderness by the devil “in the power of the Spirit”. No one can fail this kind of test and come out of it in the power of the Spirit. How Jesus finished this test is a clear indication of the way He went through the test. If you remember, each point in the test was answered with the Word of God; “It is written”. Reliance of the truth of God’s Word becomes the measure of our success in passing any test that God put us through in preparation for His work.
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