LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF MARK 1:13(Amp)
"He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted [to do evil] by Satan; and He was with the wild animals, and the angels ministered continually to Him."
10 KEYS TO SURVIVING IN YOUR WILDERNESS .
1.Faith - The opposite of faith is fear . And the only way for you to access the one who can bring you out of your wilderness experience is by faith and one of the ways to work your faith is by constant study of the
word . The more knowledge of the word you have the more strenght that comes from the word to see you through your wilderness experience . Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you."
2.Worship- Is what helps you to fan your faith . Why? when you worship Him , His presence comes in to refresh your spirit , soul and body . His presence cannot come to leave you dry , but to build your faith and give you hope of surviving your wilderness experience . Roms 15:13 (NLT)"I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit."
3.Trust -you need to just trust Him . Stop looking at the facts , it will only discourage you . The truth (His word) has the power of changing the facts . So here is the key , you dwell more on the truth , rather than on the facts . Isaiah 26:4 (Amp)"Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner],For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]."
4.Believe - What do you believe ? In your wilderness experience always remember you are under trial , test of your faith . The enemy is allowed for a season to test the quality of your faith in God (see above verse of scripture) . Now here is the key and remember this verse of scripture always -John 11:40 (Amp)" Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe [in Me], you will see the glory of God [the expression of His excellence]?” if you believe is the key , so you don't quit believing the promise that it will surely come to pass in your life . Amen.
5.What do you see ? what you see is what God confirms .So what you see , is of utmost importance in your wilderness experience . you ought to see yourself coming out of it , you ought to see your self with a child if that is what you are believing God to do for you. Whatever you want to see , picture it in your imagination and let God work on what you are seeing . Amen. Jer 1:11,12 (Amp)"The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see the branch of an [b]almond tree.” 12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am [actively] watching over My word to fulfill it.”
6.Stay "off" offence - In your wilderness experience , offence would block your faith from working . It will hinder you from believing God to work it out for you . offence can even lead you to doing it yourself ,
acting your flesh , which can cost you dearly if you re not careful . So the key is stay off offence and just believe God and pray - Roms 8:28 "Father make this experience to wwork for my good in Jesus name , amen. Luke 7:23 (BSB)"Blessed is the one who does not fall away on account of Me."
7.Prayer - In our wilderness experience is very normal for us to get tired at times when we don't see answers to our prayers. But listen God answer prayers . Remember the story Jesus told us in the book of Luke 18:1-8 and at the end of the story , he encouraged us to be persistent in our faith . be persistent in prayer , one more hit can just be what will do your miracle for you . Amen. Matt 7:7 (Amp)"Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you."
8.Do not be weary in will doing - Keep on doing the will of God. Don't be discouraged , but know this truth in due season you will surely receive a harvest of blessings .As long as you have the opportunity keep
doing His will is your gate way out of your wilderness experience. Gal 6:9 (Amp)"Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in."
9.Encourage yourself - Friend in your wilderness expereince most times you are all by yourself , you need to encourage yourself with the word (Roms 15:4).listen to messages and continue to build your faith in the lord. For when it is time , God is going to act swiftly and bring you out of your wilderness . Amen . Isaiah 60:22 (NIV)"The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will do this swiftly."
10.Thanksgiving - God loves it when we appreciate Him in the midst of our storms and give Him thanks . Thanksgiving is one of the fastest ways of coming out of your wilderness . just appreciate Him now and
thank Him for allowing you to red this . Amen. 1 Thess 5:18(Amp)"in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in
prayer : Father see me through this one (whatever is your wilderness experience) mention it and He will in Jesus name , Amen.