Sunday, September 11, 2011

Be An Overcomer

“Then the devil brought him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  He said, “I’ll give you all these if you bow down and worship me.”

Jesus responded, “Go away, Satan, because it’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”   The devil left him, and angels came and took care of him”.     Matthew 4:8-11  CEB

 When Jesus stood in the waters of Jordan after being baptized the glory of God came down from heaven and rested upon Him.

The Spirit of God came down from heaven in fullness out of the heart of God.

Jesus dedicated His all to His Father.  The result of that was the Holy Spirit descended upon Him and He was filled with the Spirit of God to fullness---more than enough!

Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. 

 Why?   To be tested.   To see whether He was going to be an overcomer or not; to see whether He meant what He said.  He was tested to see if He meant His consecration or not.

Satan was there waiting to tempt Him in every way. He tried to get Jesus to give up and quit.   You can almost hear Satan asking Jesus, “Did you really mean you have consecrated yourself?   Did you mean it when you gave your body and soul to God that it was forever?”

The same temptations and battles come against us when we repent and consecrate ourselves to God.   Right away Satan comes against us and trouble is knocking at our door.

Satan knows he has to come against us to try everything he can to get us off focus and give up.   If he can make us weary from the battle, we will entertain the thought of quitting.

John 10:10(a) tells us that Satan has come to kill, steal and destroy …….he will not stop trying.

Most people truly mean their declaration of consecration but when hardships, struggles and temptations come they give in and forget the price Jesus paid for them.

For Jesus consecration meant forever!  We, too, must get the “forever” in our soul and spirit.

There is NO turning back, NO quitting and NO compromise!

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