LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF MATT 4:1 (NIV)
"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil."
10 THINGS YOU SHOULD BE "MINDFUL" OF IN YOUR WILDERNESS.
1.Lust - lust of the flesh , lust of the eyes and the pride of life . These three things , have the power of keeping one in his wilderness for a long time , if not properly dealt with . David's house was placed under a curse because he suffered from lust of the eyes , when he saw Bathsheba bathing (2 Sam 11:2) Samson lost his eyes as a result of his flesh (Judges 16:28) Saul lost his throne due to his pride (1 Sam 13:14). The way out is simply to ask the Lord for help .Psalm 50:15"And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me."
2.Fret not - In your wilderness , people are bound to offend you and you also will offend others too . But here is the key - Do not to fret your self at every little thing that passes , but learn to cultivate those good things and be good to those that don't love you . Pslam 37:3 (NLT)"Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper."
3.Shun immorality - There is always the tendency for one to fall for this temptation in the wilderness . Why? when it looks like God is taking time to come down like He promised the children of Israel in the wilderness . There is always this temptation for one to engage in something wrong . But what do you do ? you always pray ahead so God can keep from such temptations whenever it comes knocking . Amen. Luke 22:40 (ESV)"And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
4.Discontentment - Comes as a result of when we envy those who have gone ahead of us in life , wanting what they have . Bible says He that compere himself with others is not wise . God knows already what we need even before we ask and scripture says it more better from the book of Eph 3:20 (Amp) " Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,." . with this thought in mind , what do we do ? we simply wait in faith for God to do what He has promised , when we ask . Amen.
5.Self confidence - In your wilderness you have only one source "God " . self confidence is not grace but your flesh trying to play God's role in your life . Jesus said in scripture John 6:63(NLT)"The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life."
6.Slothfulness - will keep you from doing those things you needed to do at the right time .Here is what you do - you make an effort to do it at the right time and as you do always ask God for the grace to finish it . His grace is always sufficient . Bible says we should approach His throne of grace with boldness . why? For the simple reason that His grace is always available for us . Amen. Heb 4:16 (NIV)" Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
7.Laziness - In your wilderness watch out , never think that your opportunity is not going to come , it will when you are prepared for it . Never allow the enemy to deceive you , terminate that spirit call laziness and keep preparing for your day of opprtunity . Eccl 9:11(Amp)"I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the strong, and neither is bread to the wise nor riches to those of intelligence and understanding nor favor to men of ability; but time and chance overtake them all."
8.Bitterness - watch out for it . Faith worketh by love . bitterness will surely hinder your faith from working , which the enemy wants .Get rid of it and work in love by faith so you can get to your destination right on time . Amen. Gal 5:6 (Amp)" For [if we are] in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but only faith activated and expressed and working through love."9. Prayerlessness - Listen if you stop praying , is like telling God leave me alone I love where I am now . No friend . Don't be discouraged, have hope and keep praying . God is faithful . Amen. Roms 12:12(Amp)" constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength],."
10 . Ingratitude - Simply put Jesus said if you are not faithful in little things , how will you be faithful in the big ones. Be grateful for what you have now , so God can multiply your five loaves and two fishes into 12 baskets of joy , miracles and wonders in Jesus mighty name , Amen. Luke 16:10 (Amp)""If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities.
Wilderness quote :
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning" James Russell Lowell.
Prayer : Father you are the God who can , help me lord in Jesus name , Amen.
God bless you .