// And he’s brought me to the wilderness. Where I would learn to sing. And he lets me know my barrenness. So I will learn to lean. //

Beautiful Mercy: Laura Hackett Park

He’s been training you for your wilderness season.

Welcome, Chasers!

We finally bring our series on consecration to an end. While short, in context, we’ve ventured into some deep thoughts about what it means to be consecrated for Christ.

1. To be set apart you have to enact your faith to do what seems impossible. (Faith Walker)

2. To be set apart you have to walk in relationship with God, giving Him all your frustrations. (Crying On The Mountain)

3. To be set apart you don’t always have to do this thing called life alone. (A Helping Hand)

4. To be set apart you have to find your strength to press through even in the hardest times.

Today we will cover Matthew 4:1-11. We will be paraphrasing. So we encourage you to read the word for yourself. Feel free to share your own revelations.

Matthew 4:1-11 is a well-known scripture for most. We find Jesus in the wilderness. He had just had this glorious experience where the Heavens opened up to God speaking over Jesus that the Father is well pleased. The thing that gets us thinking is why Jesus would leave to the wilderness after His ”cloud 9” moment of having God open up the Heavens and declare His delight in His Son.

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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“He was led up by the spirit.”

That’s the key verse. We alone can make some interesting choices with consequences to follow. But when God is in control, He has a plan. Just like Elizabeth, Jesus has become our example as a pioneer. He made a way for us to follow.

Jesus was tempted in the midst of His struggle. 40 days of fasting. I’d been weak and tired after a few hours of fasting. Imagine 40 days. Because as sure as the devil is a liar, the enemy will come when you’re the most vulnerable.

So we first get attacked by our flesh. It’s the easiest. Have you ever been name called? Maybe have you been tempted with something you couldn’t have? Flesh. We want to react right away. We want to name call back. We crave what we ”can’t” have. That’s what the enemy did, going for the temptation of physical food. But also to attack the identity of who Christ was.

“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The response we give determines our future. We have to know the word. We have to set ourselves apart to do root out the things that would hinder us. The next battle leads to our minds. Do we know what we really know?

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I’m displaying the countermeasures Jesus used. Because He was victorious over His temptations. If He is our example we can search through what He has said to change us and direct us. The final attempt the enemy used was to give Jesus the easy way out. What price are you willing to pay?

“Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

While it seems Jesus had the perfect answers to every situation. It did not come without preparation. Jesus had to learn the word of God just as you and I. Being consecrated is more than a single act. It encompasses every aspect of who you are. It takes all of your body, soul, & spirit.

“And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.”

‭‭Mark‬ ‭12:30‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

It’s also about love. Your reason behind the process is driven by a Father who loves you. A father who sees where you are, but loves you too much to leave you where He found you. He wants more for you. He loves you.

The process of setting yourself apart, consecration, is hearing that still small voice and following Him until the ends of the Earth. Regardless of what others may say or do.

This has been a thought-provoking series. Sometimes we have to get a better grip on the Father’s heart to understand our why we’d even begin set ourselves apart. That’s what we will be leading to in our next series. But coming this next week, we will be having a special post that I hope will encourage you to pursue Christ more.

If you’ve found this enjoyable, please like, & share! If you’ve got a testimony of how these posts are transforming your life, we’d love to hear that too! Until next time, peace & blessings!!