Vs 1 – 2a Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.
One thing is clear: Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert with a clear intention of allowing him be tested by the Devil for those 40days. Reminds me of how God handed Job over to the devil in Job 1: 6-12.
In verses 5, the devil led Him (Jesus) to a high place in a bid to convince him the splendor of the world was his (The devil’s) to give. Also in verses 9, the devil led Him (Jesus) to Jerusalem.
The devil led Jesus. Incredible that the Son of God who was full of the Holy Spirit was led by the Devil.
It made me stop to think: I who often struggle to pray, struggle to study my bible and keep in step with the Holy Spirit, could think that without full dependence on the Holy Spirit I can possibly defeat the devil and avoid his schemes. What a joke!
Now ask yourself this; if the Holy Spirit led Jesus the Son of God, who is also God and the Saviour of the world into the devil’s hands, what is stopping the Holy Spirit from doing same with you?
Do you remember the prayer Jesus taught his disciples? Somewhere in that prayer it says: “and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”. Such a crucial point to make when praying to God. And so sometimes, the devil isn’t toying with you for the fun of it. Sometimes, God leads you there. And for what reason you ask?
To glorify His name!
It’s always about God never about you or me.
But rest easy knowing that God does this to the ones He has absolute faith in, for example Job.
It’s such a scary thing to be handed over to devil, but if God has that much faith in you then your dependence on the Holy Spirit needs to increase.
Hear me you cannot match the devil; you cannot win any battle without the Holy Spirits help.