April 13, 2019

Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. ~ Jesus hadn’t eaten for 40 days and he was in a wilderness place. This wilderness place was not just a geographic location but it also represents a place he was spiritually and physically. His natural body felt weak because of going 40 days without food. And though his physical strength might have felt depleted, he returned in the power of the spirit. There were victories won in the spirit realm when he was at his weakest point physically.

Our victory is not determined by how we feel. We are always victorious in Christ! Many times, when we are going through spiritual trials and tribulations, we may feel weak in our physical bodies but this doesn’t change what God has said or who we are. If we will keep ourselves submitted to the word of God and allow it to govern our lives, it brings us to God’s expected end for our life – victory! What we can’t do is allow the devil to lie to us to make us believe that the outcome of the temptation is based upon how we feel in the flesh. How we feel has nothing to do with spiritual battles and victories being won. How we feel has nothing to do with who we are and what God has said about our lives.

The temptation that came against Jesus didn’t change who he was and what God said. The temptation came because of WHO HE WAS. The devil was trying to steal Jesus’ identity and confidence in God. If Jesus wasn’t the son of God and filled with power, the temptation would have never come. Don’t allow the devil to lie to you and use your feelings against you. Carnal Christianity is when we allow feelings and emotions to dictate how we live and what we believe. It’s is time for us to walk in a place so confident in God that the devil, the temptation, and our feelings have no bearing on who we are and how we live. Man doesn’t live by bread alone, but by every word of God! Allow God’s word to govern you and empower you to live out of the spirit, not the flesh.

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