Topic: The Fullness Of The Holy Spirit and Temptation
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.
Luke 4:1-2 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Luke 4:1–2 (MSG) — Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by the Devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when the time was up he was hungry.
Luke 4:1-2 (NLT) Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.
How important it is to be filled with the Holy Spirit! Especially when we face temptations and trials in our lives. The Bible teaches that before Jesus faced temptation in the desert, it was necessary that he be filled with the Holy Spirit. Luke 3:22 tells us, “and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son; in whom I am well pleased”. It was in his baptism that the Holy Spirit descended and rested in the visible form of a dove. After this supernatural experience, Jesus would experience the greatest temptation of his life!
After Jesus experienced great blessing of fellowship with the Father at the Jordan river, came the crucial moment of trial and temptation. Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we have not a high priest who can not sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus was tempted in the desert in the same way that we today experience temptation. The difference is that he did not sin! Jesus overcame temptation and emerged triumphant and victorious. For each assault from the devil, Jesus defeated the devil.
Today we face great temptations and trials in our lives. For this reason, it is so essential that we have the fullness of the Holy Spirit, only then will we overcome the enemy in the wilderness of temptation! Only the power that is infused by the Spirit can enable us to overcome and deal with all the darts that the enemy throws at us. In Hebrews 2:18 Jesus promises victory to those who are tempted, “because in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to help those that are tempted.” Do not give up, for as difficult as it may seems, just fill yourself with the Holy Spirit and He will give you the spiritual capacity to overcome!
Matthew 4:1 (NKJV) — Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Luke 4:14 (NKJV) — Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.
Luke 3:22 (NKJV) — And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
Hebrews 2:18 (NKJV) — For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV) — For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
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