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Lent Meditation (1)

Matthew ch.4 v.1 tells us that Jesus went into the wilderness. Why?

To be tempted – it seems strange. We pray, “lead us not into temptation” but Jesus knew that that his experience in the wilderness would result in a powerful encounter with the accuser. This is an important point that cannot be ignored.

We need to prepare to face and be victorious over whatever would beset us at the end of our own time in the wilderness. Our weapons should be the same as those of our Lord: the Word of God, handled correctly. Anything else will not work.

To meet with the Father – there were far fewer distractions in the wilderness. It may be worth thinking about this the next time you find yourself metaphorically in the wilerness, stripped of distracting opportunities to minister, you can focus on what really matters.

To prepare for power – without the first two, there would be no point to this final entry. It is after Jesus’ baptism and wilderness experience that we see Him exercising real power to turn the world around Him upside-down.

That same power is available to us – but it comes at a price. To follow Jesus’ example as a powerful man of God, it is necessary to follow His example of dependence on the Father and His Word in the wilderness.

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Bible Verses to Build Faith (1)

Faith, we’re told in 1Peter ch.1 v.7, is of greater value than gold. That makes sense – to many, faith is a guarantee to material prosperity. In reality, is is much more than that, but also transcends our physical and material needs or desires.

As Jesus put it, even a tiny measure of faith can produce outstanding, unbelievable results – essentially because faith does not depend or rely on human effort, but on the One who inspired and empowers it to achieve His purpose.

So, how do we build faith? What is the secret to developing a faith that moves mountains?

In essence, it depends on developing an intimacy with God, knowing His will and understanding His purpose. Then you are able to see events from His perspective, become aware of His plan and pray intelligently. You will be able to speak clearly about His will – revealed to you – without fear of presumption. Instead of speaking empty words – without power or conviction – concerning what you would like God to do on your behalf to make your life more pleasant; you will be able to highlight God’s unfolding revelation of what He will accomplish through you.