Have you ever been studying the Bible and suddenly you read something that makes you want to leap from your chair and shout out loud?

Maybe even do an undignified spin or twirl.

That happened to me this week. I was reading about how Jesus was led in to the wilderness.

I’ve got to be honest. 

A bleak, lonely wilderness where satan pesters you and pokes at you with temptation seems like the last place I’d want to be, but as I read verse 14, it stopped me in my tracks. It said this:

Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power.

How is that even possible?

So I went back to the beginning of the story and I found this:

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. (Luke 4:1)

There it was. A bookend of sorts. Jesus went into the wilderness full of the Holy Spirit. After 40 agonizing hungry, wearisome days, he left the wilderness filled with the Holy Spirit’s power.

The wilderness was real. Bleak. Lonely. Dark. Tangible and big.

But what was inside of Jesus was just as real and more powerful.

When people talk about temptation they often talk about it as if it’s a fault. We’re told that we shouldn’t be tempted. That if we were more spiritual, more tuned in, more “you fill in the blank,” that we wouldn’t be tempted at all.

Not true. Not true. Not true. 

Jesus was tempted.

I don’t understand fully why the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness where the enemy taunted our Savior, jabbed at Him, and tried to influence Him to do what was unwise and against God’s plan for His Son.

But what I do know is that Jesus turned that around each time and put the emphasis on the truth of God’s Word.

This is who God is.

This is who I am in Him. 

He showed the enemy what was inside of Him.

Are you struggling with temptation?


Let the enemy know the truth of who God is, and who you are to Him.

And we’ll celebrate together as you walk away from that battle filled.



LiveFreeBadge I hope you’ll join me in today’s #livefreeThursday link up!

The prompt is: Filled.

Filled with His Spirit. Filled with joy. Filled with strength. Filled with Him.

1. Link up your inspiring post with the button below.
2. Feel free to grab the #livefree button (on the right) to display on your blog.
3. If you don’t have a blog, talk to me in the comments. I’m reading everyone of them.
4. Then, and this is the only thing I ask of you. Leave a comment on the post linked up right before yours. Tell her that her words matter. ♥