“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.”
God never said that the Christian walk would always be easy, and neither did He say that the Christian walk would always be a time of blessing. There are several uncomfortable times in the Christian walk that you will have to endure. There will be times you must walk through the “valley of the shadow of death.” There will be times when you face giants in life. There will be times when you must carry a cross. There will be times when you must carry an infirmity.
However, there will also be times when you must walk through the wilderness. The wilderness is never easy. The wilderness is those times in life when everything seems to have dried up, but you can come through the wilderness unchanged.
It says about Jesus in Luke 4:1, “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,” It is interesting that the Spirit led him to the wilderness. In other words, it was the Father’s will that Jesus spent time in the wilderness. While Jesus was in the wilderness, He fasted and prayed, but He also faced Satan’s frontal attack through temptation. What is encouraging is that the verse above says, “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit…” In other words, the way He walked into the wilderness was the way He returned from the wilderness. The wilderness didn’t change Jesus, but Jesus changed the wilderness. The world is in desperate need of believers who don’t let the wilderness change them, but they change the wilderness. Let me show you how you can accomplish this.
First, you must be led of the Spirit. The wilderness of life will surely change you if you don’t let the Spirit of God lead you while you are in it. Those dry times of life will become your grave if you are not led of the Spirit. It is the Spirit of God who encourages you to keep going while you are walking through your wilderness. It is the Spirit of God who skillfully guides you through Satan’s temptations so that they don’t touch you. You will never make the wilderness times without being led of the Spirit.
Second, you must spend time in God’s Word if you are going to make it through the wilderness unchanged. Every time Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, He referred to the Scriptures for His defense to overcome temptation. God’s Word will be the nourishment you need to make it through those dry times of life. When there seem to be no victories, and when there seems to be no end in sight, it is God’s Word that will encourage you to continue on without quitting. My friend, you will wither up and die spiritually if you don’t stay in God’s Word while you are walking through the wilderness of life.
Third, you must spend time in prayer if you are going to make it through the wilderness unchanged. Jesus spent forty days and nights praying before He successfully defeated Satan’s temptations in the wilderness. You cannot make it through the wilderness without prayer. If you want to keep the wilderness from changing you, you must spend time with God to make the wilderness a place of victory. The wilderness can become a place of great victory if you spend much time with God in prayer.