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Mark 1:12–13 (ESV): "12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him."
It's been said that where God guides, He provides. We don't often think about that concerning testing but the principle applies in this context as well. When He leads us to the wilderness for testing He will provide the strength to pass the test.
Mark's Gospel begins at the baptism of Jesus. John was sent to be the forerunner of Jesus and as he was baptizing and delivering a message of repentance for the forgiveness of sins Jesus came by and John baptized Him. Immediately after coming up out of the water, the Spirit of God descended upon Jesus and He was driven into the wilderness for testing. For forty days Jesus was there and the devil came and tempted Him. He passed the test!
When the Spirit of God drives you and me into the wilderness for tempting He has already given us the strength to pass the test. All we have to do is rely on Him. The test isn't to see how far we can go in the flesh before we fail but to see how far we will trust in the Spirit and rely on His strength. For many people, it's not very far! May we learn to trust the Spirit daily so that when we are driven into places that test us we too pass the test, amen?
Father, we thank You for giving us the indwelling gift of the Spirit through Your Son. We would be lost and unable to withstand the flesh, the world, and the enemy without the Spirit. As we are led to the wilderness may we learn to trust in Your power and not our own we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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