Passing the Test

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.  Matthew 4:4

Let’s be honest, some of us are still recovering from our time of fasting.  It’s undeniable how challenging it is to deny your body what it craves and what it’s used to. And yet, we endure because we know that fasting prepares us to step into purpose. With a newfound spiritual appetite, you eagerly seek out your next assignment. But there’s only one problem. On your way you will inevitably face confrontation with the enemy. And, unless you pass the test, you cannot advance to the next level.

According to the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 4, before Jesus began His public ministry, He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. There He was confronted by the devil and was tempted, because He was hungry after fasting for forty days and forty nights. It was at this time that the enemy presented Jesus with a series of challenges and asked Him to prove Himself. Rather than avoiding this encounter, Jesus refuted the devil with the scriptures until he left him.

Hunger in any form leads to vulnerability. You can be hungry for food, money, relationships and the list goes on. It’s human instinct to be tempted by that which we think can satisfy us. However, it is how we respond to temptation that will make or break us. Like Jesus, so many of us are coming off the fast, hungry with a desire for our longings to be fulfilled. Like Jesus, we might find that we are being led down an unorthodox, unconventional path where we are forcibly confronted with accusations from the enemy. But like Jesus, we have the Word at our disposal in the face of doubt and opposition. For this reason, the real test is not in performing or proving yourself to anybody. The real test is in your ability to stand on the Word of God.

Fasting creates more room for the Word to dwell in you and to become your foundation. When you have the Word of God, you have the certainty and the authorization to defeat the devices of the enemy which attempt to distract, interrupt and derail your progress and elevation. You know that when the enemy comes, he preys on your vulnerability and uses your insecurities to cause you to question who you are (1 Peter 5:8). But now that you know his tactics, you know how to dismantle his lies with the Truth. Let the Word dictate your response and empower you to overcome the temptation which is unavoidable but not insurmountable. Trust that the Word of God will speak on your behalf and that ultimately the power of the Word will set you free.

And so, with the authority you possess, persist and affirm God’s Word concerning your situation. Then, command the enemy to leave knowing that every temptation must bow down to the name of Jesus. As a child of God, you have the assurance that you can, and you will conquer. Everything you need is already inside of you. So, pray the Word, speak the Word and wield the Word.

The Word of God is the key to success to help you pass the test.

Reflection

What are you hungry for?  What temptations do you need to subdue?

What is God’s Word to you concerning your situation?

Prayer:  Father God, I thank You for sustaining me throughout our time of fasting and prayer. Now God, as I prepare for my next steps I pray that Your Word would dwell within me. God, I pray that the entrance of this Word would bring light and that it would be a lamp unto my feet. When I am tempted to give up, may I take up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word; Your Word which is alive and active. Thank You for equipping me with everything I need to overcome and to be victorious. In Jesus Name, AMEN.

Written by Deborah Nimoh