Comparing Games Stifle True Joy

A piece of cheesecake, began to grumble that she was not as delicious as the other deserts at the table of the banquate. So the host and master of the banquate came and said, "What is the matter?" She said, "Im not as delightful as those delicious looking arrays of sweet chocolate covered cherries, nor am I as delectable as the pecan pie or the pumpkin bites." The master of the banquet who was also the chef said, "I made you as unique as you are so you do not have to compare yourself to other deserts, and you have your own unique and lovely flavorful qualities"

Women out there, this should especially be a reminder not to grumble and envy other women. Since it seems to be that women more often compare themselves in the appearence state to other women then men do. Men often boast of their accomplishments, strength and the things men often unfortunately put to much stock in. Really though, everyone can play comparison games of some sort, but its silly. Embrace your God given uniqueness, do not envy others but embrace your own identities as "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14)

When we truly accept and appreciate our God given worth and are secure in that, it frees us not to fret over what others say because we know our own value and have no need to envy, fret or fear others successes. That is so often the root of it isn't it? Many feel as though the only way to build themselves up is to tear down another's success. How foolish!

People who accept their worth is not dependent on others can be secure to rejoice in another's good without feeling bad about themselves. Who would not want to have such freedom? As the Word of God says, "It is more blessed to give then receive."

We all are most happy when we can take joy in the happiness of others, and not just our own prosperities.

As a teenager, I was the rather concerned about my physical appearance to a obsessive degree, and loved weight lifting. These were great activities that had nothing wrong with them, after all, God created our bodies and we should take care of his gifts, yet we must not just only invest in this, and my problem was that I thought that my strength and appearance was my success. Being in a wheelchair has brought some amount of challenges and insecurities, so I prided myself to try to become the strongest man I could physically and in a way now that I look back in hindsight, I see there was an element of me trying to overcompensate for feelings I had of being viewed as weak, helpless and inferior. So I suppose having a muscular physique made me feel more formidable and a little more imposing. I would think, well if some one wants to look down on me for being in a wheelchair, they will at least see the muscles and be impressed.

Yes, no doubt, I still like being muscular and strong, for one it just makes maneuvering a wheelchair and everyday life easier, and the ladies we all know love them biceps, haha. Humor aside, I do see my worth is not in this,  and after this phase in my life I suppose in subconscious ways I started really investing more in intellect and my mind, but our worth is not in our wits either.  People by all means should invest in their health, appearance and intellect, yet we cannot safely idolize such things. "Use what your momma gave ya," so to speak, but trust God to do what only he can, that is, give your life value, meaning, strength and purpose. When we attach our worth or well being to anything transient, lets say that in times these things get blown over by life's strong winds, we fall with them. "If they fall, your going down with them, going down with them baby if they fall." Yet when we follow the Scriptural prescription below, we have guaranteed security:

 

The God who created us unique and wonderful both male and female can be trusted with all the details of our life. He truly has more ability to enable us to fulfill his call and design for our lives more so then we could muster the skills and advantages on our own. Some people are floundering even trying to just figure out what truly will fulfill their inner hunger, they try all sorts of thing and many have tasted wealth, beauty, fame and all kinds of success from a human standpoint yet they feel no more thrilled with life then most, many say, "I have seen it, done it, tasted this, experienced that and now what?" After a while even life's most exciting thrills grow lack luster unless we are walking in God's plan that he lays out for our lives. He has a specific will for everyone and  few hop on board to go full force down such an exciting adventure.  God's general will fro mankind is that they come to know His Salvation at the cross that has bought our freedom and approval and favor with God. It is purely a gift that is offered to all whom receive this by faith by believing in Jesus Christ and surrendering our total trust into his plan for our lives. I am convinced God loves everyone, not everyone repents and responds in faith to this offer of unearned pardon, but no one who sincerely by faith reaches for it will be denied.

God loves his human creatures so dearly that he takes care of the indictment that we are all born subject to, the sin that is ingrained in us from birth that has become instinctive. We all start off on an even ground, and yes we are born into it but he loves us enough to sacrifice his own very heart to show us we matter to him. If we did not matter he would condemn us all, and we would be like condemned abandoned houses, scheduled for demolition. Yet what is it that God so loves about human kind? It is not one's beauty, wealth, accomplishments, or even religious acts that so many perform as one jumping through circus hoops. God's existence is not hindered by us, nor is his well being enhanced by what we have or do. It is purely grace, and the nature of God is love, so when he created humanity, he created a vessel to pour his love into and before the fall and sin, man and woman both had an unhindered ability to love God back, and have a meaningful relationship close to him.  Our sins drive a wedge between us and the Lord, so he has made a way to restore the broken intimacy and fellowship we can have with Himself.

He loves you and me, not because you look swell, or are athletic, or wealthy and give to charity, and he does not love us because we are good. We can compare our morals to others, and undoubtedly there are some decent human beings that out of their God-given image God places in all of us shows through. Yet we all have something very alien, and wrong with us—we need mercy, and grace, not more good deeds -as the modern equivalent of the fig leaves Adam and Eve wore to cover themselves when they sinned. God offers us His robes of righteousness through Christ, and a new identity, not one of guilt or feeling inadequate or unworthy of love. After all, "he demonstrates his own love for us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

So Christian and non Christian alike have been created by God with value to their lives and worth in God's eyes. Not inherent to us boasting of ourselves but rather as it was written in Genesis after God finished creating the world, "The Lord saw that it was good."

If then God says it is good, who are any of us to slander another person about what they look like or things they truly have no control over. The only thing God condemns in human beings is the corrupt pull called sin in our human hearts that stirs us to sin, envy, boast of ourselves, tear down others, rebel against him  and any other behavior or attitude that leads us to act out of our fallen disposition. Yet the Lord does not hate sinners, there will be a day he finally judges unrepentant people who refuse to plead for his pardon, yet he does not hate people,  He came to restore us to the glory we could have lived from if the fall had never happened.

Our value is rooted in His love, not our own self love nor is it redefined by our insecurities, nor others criticism. Live free today in the truth!

 

 

 

 

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The Heart Can Get Pregnant.

Everyone who is past a certain age knows that basic reproduction involves a sperm meeting up with an egg and under proper conditions the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining and a baby begins to grow. 
But how has God left a divine finger print to impress spiritual truths through the natural realm on ou heart? Well, the heart of a person is the womb and when God’s Spirit fertilizes the truth of the Scripture, The Gospel of Grace in a barren heart, faith enables Christ to form in the heart of one who believes the message. Yet truth without The Holy Spirit bringing it to life remains just an egg and can end up just being expelled from the heart over time. 
Yet pray that when you share the Gospel with those who do not know God, and The Love of the Savior, that God’s Spirit will bring to life that word of truth they have heard. 
Always be gentle with people. After all, “No one can come to me unless the Father draws them to me” said Jesus, but wonderful is this finishing thought he concludes with, “And no one who comes to me will I by any means cast out.”
Our American Christian mindset needs to be readjusted often so we can instead of arguing people into a faith that is inconceivable in their minds, we merely ought to only obey our commission to share and pray over them fervently and not grow angry or impatient with those who have not grasped the truths yet. 
Too many Christ followers are I think tempted to complain about our culture rather then seeing the heart of the issue. People need to be “Born again” as Jesus speaks of in John 3.

Storm Shelter.


When a tornado touches down and the sirens are blaring and the winds are howling they suggest getting in a ditch or hiding under a bridge if you cannot get to a basement. Well what should we do when life gets tornadic? Hide in the refuge of Almighty God. Sometimes all you can do is wait out the storm and flee for refuge in the Lord until it passes. We may be tempted to keep driving forward and outrun the storm because we think we can outwit our situation but truly the safest thing is to trust God and take refuge in His care and wisdom by doing what he tells us to, and often that is to wait and trust. We must remain loyal and upright in such times because waiting requires obedience to things we know we ought to do while we trust him with impossibilities beyond us.

Psalm 9:9-10 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Spiritual Opposition To Prayer.

Spiritual Opposition To Prayer, And Waiting On God's Answers- (March 13th 2017)

Daniel 10:2-21 At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over. On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude. I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; those who were with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground. A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.” While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless. Then one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak. How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.” Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.” So he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come; but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince. 

Daniel was a great man of God and he fasted and prayed for God'a wisdom and answers, but notice how they did not come right away. The answer came on the "twenty fourth day of the month of Nissan" which is between March and April on our American calender. Finally after he persisted 3 weeks until the angel appeared and said, "Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.” 

The "Prince of the Persian Kingdom"? It is most assumable that this is not a literal human prince but a demonic entity that is influencing a geographic location. Although we do not know exactly how this all works, we do know that the New Testament makes it clear 

 

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should." (Ephesians 6:12-20)

There are many reasons God does not answer prayers immediately or at all, sometimes its not his will, so he says no, and other times it is not his appointed time, so he delays, yet often a reason many Christians do not consider enough is spiritual resistence in heavenly places. Daniel did two vital things, he, "humbled himself" and "set his heart to gain wisdom"! And this is an excellent start!
We must continue praying even if we feel like Daniel did, "weak" because God rewards prayers of persistence that are in line with his will. Daniel heard, "Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” And then he says, "Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.” 

When God moves in our hearts to pray for His will or things we know are His will, we must allow His power to both breath life into us and our fervent prayers also!

Leave The Lemon Behind.

 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker. " (Galatians 2:17-18)

Here is something I think is perplexing to younger Christians, the whole concept of the exchanged life vs what we should not endeaver to do, rebuild the old nature that cannot be repaired.

In the words of my friend Jordan D, he often says to me, "Abandon your strength for God's" and the more I walk in Christ the clearer this truth becomes. As a young Christian I had quite the struggle with the concept of "Striving to live victorious in Christ" in contrast to how it ought to be, "Let Christ abide richly in me"

We do not become more righteous by resolving not to sin nearly as much as making it our ambition to love Jesus Christ!

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  (Matthew 22:37-40)


Does God command we live a righteous and holy life, absolutely! Yet if we are not careful we may revert and digress back to tying to do Christian things and not falling into worldly ways instead of allowing the goodness of The Lord consume our focus.


FOCUS: The focus determines the success of the outcome. You want holiness, you desire a noble Christian thing there and that is wonderful. Yet pursue the entirity of Jesus first and "All these things will be added to you also"

See Colossians 3 and John 15, you will see my point.


Lets sum it up with a metaphor or an analogy: If a man has an old and worn out car that always gives him grief, then he receives a new and much more modern car that is far more luxurious or sporty, and then he gets the wrong idea, and shutter the thought, but he starts taking parts from the new car to repair the old junker. How silly! No one does that in real life, so we must not do so in the Christian life. A mature Christian is no better than a young one, but a mature one knows how to drive in the new car of the Spirit more regularly then the old vehicle called the flesh!!


Don’t Lie In A Bed Of Emotional Puke.

Dirty engine oil, that will eventually cause issues. They say you need an oil change after a certain amount of driving, and cannot recall the exact amount, but emotional engines like our heart have the capacity for accumulating filth. Many drive their lives throughout their weeks and months letting deposits of emotional dirt and grime pollute their emotional engines and spiritual transmission.

Here is another term I will call, “Emotional Cache” and in computer terms, you have what is called “History” that tracks your website usage and all the websites you been to.

Many people also have emotional history, a lot of it is negative and unavoidable, and has just resulted from being around people just as imperfect as we all are for a long enough time to gather some amount of negative emotional catch. If we cannot figure out how to push, “clear history” by forgiving these people, then our emotional hardrive will fill up and cause problems in us, spiritually, emotionally, as well as socially . This is why many marriages fall apart, loved ones grow apart from time and strain, also this is why friends seperate when a small argument can remind them of all that past cache from yesteryear.

Because your petty argument today can have strings that open up hurts from years long gone.

God, however, does not do this with us once we have trusted by faith to call on the name of Christ for the “erasing” of “God’s History” of all the wrong things we have done, to both him and others, and even when we fall as believers, which is not the goal of a true child of God,  but when it happens, he erases the History daily.

(Lamentations 3:22-23) Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

If God held a grudge then all Christians too would be condemned since we still fall into sin, yet:

(Romans 8:1-2) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

So when we choose not to forgive others, we not only harm ourselves, but  we also are showing contempt for God’s mercy. That is why Jesus said,

(Matthew 6:14-15) For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

We cannot earn salvation by forgiving people, the scripture is clear that we are “saved by grace through faith, not of yourselves but as a gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:5)

Yet, if a genuinely converted Christ follower who has not forgiven someone, it will gnaw at their souls and fester like an infected sore until they have no choice but to let go of the unresolved bitterness. I am convinced God won’t let a Christian stay like that forever, unless they never truly gave themselves over to following Christ but merely only said some words and walked an isle without sincerely turning their lives over to Christ.

However, a born again person truly changed by the grace of God has no choice, and this does not mean we re-establish unhealthy interpersonal interactions, since the Bible warns us to avoid certain unhealthy social situations, but it does means we have to let go of malice and let God judge and not begrudge the person who wronged us. Grudges cause relational break downs among more then just the offender and the offended, because if the offended sits in a bed of sour emotional vomit their hearts will blister and irritated. They will take out their fears, distrust and anger on people who slight them unintentionally because their thinking becomes raw toward everyone.

A Fast That Honors God, Become A Repairer of Broken Walls:

(Isaiah 58:1-14) “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins. For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’ “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

What was problematic from this passage on how the people fasted? Their fasting had exploitation going along with it as well as strife and quarelling! God is pleased not only with how well we pursue Him, but when we truly pursue Him the way we ought, our relationships will also be right with others.

(Romans 14:17-18) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. 

The Bible commends fasting when done according to prescribed means, we see Jesus teach on fasting for God not for show! It is also possible to fast for God with wrong motives or at the expense of other commands God adds weightier precendence on and priority to.

-“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

To fast and then exploit people or not care about those in need does not honor God, for example in

Jesus said in: (Mark 7:9-13) And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban that is, devoted to God— then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.” 

-“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,


Lets look at some key transition words, “Then”

1.) “Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”

2.) “then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Conclusion: “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. )


Should we just try harder? Or should we rather repent of our indifference toward God and His ways and our lack of love for our fellow man? Is not the root of all this a matter of Love and Loyalty to God and out of that overflow love for others flows freely!


John 7:37-38 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 

 


Sticks and Stones, and Words Can Certainly Harm You

Nearing the end of the wandering in the desert Moses was inbetween another rock and a hard place, literally. The first incidence Moses was told to strike the rock once at the beginning of the years out in the desert yet this time the Lord's instructions were different,

(Numbers 20:8-13) “Take the staff and assemble the community. You and your brother Aaron are to speak to the rock while they watch, and it will yield its water. You will bring out water for them from the rock and provide drink for the community and their livestock.” So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence just as He had commanded him. Moses and Aaron summoned the assembly in front of the rock, and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels! Must we bring water out of this rock for you?” Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff, so that a great amount of water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust Me to show My holiness in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this assembly into the land I have given them.” These are the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the Lord, and He showed His holiness to them.

It is assumable that Moses got angry and in a moment of distrust and failure to represent God to the people well he blew it badly. As a result the consequences were irreversable. The Israelites did the same early on by refusing to do as God commanded and take out the giants in Caanen, they distrusted God would give them victory and focused more on the size of their giagantic problems then the power of God, and here Moses lapses and distrusts God by what appears to be flat out disobedience as well as a possible outburst of anger.

There is another story like this in the Storytellers divine play, he scripts another scene with His own Son out in the desert/wilderness where the devil tempts him to use his power as the Son of God to step out of God's will to do what he wanted, namely "turn these stones into bread"

(Matthew 4:1-4) Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Do to the way scripture gives an account of this, we can assume this temptation took place toward the end of the fast, and Jesus had the power yet refused to use it in a way to dishonor the Father, by eating on his fast. Satan seems to come to tempt Christ nearing the end of the fast so Jesus would be weak and hungry. The devil is opportunistic and will often wait till there is a worn down person of faith trying to finish the last leg of a season of testing and from my experience in my own trials, they get especially hard near the very end.

Like Moses, he was tired and had been in the wilderness a long while and unlike Moses, Christ got straight A's all the way.
What can we learn here?

1.) Jesus did not buy into the temptation, Satan tried to remind Jesus he had the power to make it happen and Jesus quoted back by "it is written"

A.) In the other temptations Satan does use scripture itself as a weapon against Jesus yet Jesus swings back with "The Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God"

So the devil knew scripture but used it wrongly, Jesus requoted truth of God's Word in right context and interpretation.

2.) Sometimes the toughest part of a trial and test is at the end of the class of a season of suffering, and there may be a final. Jesus passes all three tests in the wilderness and did not fail like Moses did unfortunately. See how the Lord said to Moses, "You will not lead these people into the land I swore to give them" yet since Christ passed the temptation he has become qualified to lead us into eternal life!

(Hebrews 4:14-16) Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to the confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.

In order for Jesus to be pur sin offering he could not have ever sinned once, and he did not.

The Lord's final test was on the cross and that is where he makes victory over our tests possible!

Is There Ever A Time Christ Forbids Us To Preach His Gospel?

Yes and no, as we see here in the story of The Apostle Paul, God closed the door for a temporary season on one place he wanted to enter.

Acts 16:6-10 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

The truth be told, God always loves it when His people are eager to share the Goodnews of Jesus Christ. Yet have you ever come across someone or some group of people who you have tried and kept trying and the door seems shut? Well the good news is God has a plan and in those moments we can either get discouraged or listen closely to the guidance of the Spirit of Christ, he may want us to try to “throw our nets on the other side” as he told Peter when him and his fishing companions had fished all night and caught nothing.

God may be refirecting us when this happens not because the people you love and shared with wont get saved but rather God may indeed be working in their hearts to prepare them to be ready to receive the good news, yet pressuring these people will not help the process, infact as we all have been guilty of as passionate as we are, we can be guilty of unintentionally making people feel pressured.

We must remember a few things, it is God who draws people and we are just the mesengers.

(John 6:65) He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted to him by the Father.”

And how does God do this? By His Spirit, and the prayers of His people. God I am convinced is moved by the prayers of his people for those who do not yet know Him.

Look no further then Psalm 106:30-31, (A man named Phinehas intercedes for the Israelites in the time of Moses) Matthew 5:44, (Jesus taught us to pray for those who persecute us) Genesis 18:30-32 (Abraham interceding for Sodom)

God sometimes in my knowlege of the word does not always allow us to see the results of our longings right away because frankly I think he wants to develop a life of dependence on Him through prayer. So turn your longings to see your loved ones come to know Christ into prayer closets and go faithfully share the word in the meantime with those who are open to hearing the Message! Paul obeyed Christ and several people came to know Christ in Macedonia!

In Acts 16:11-34 following not only does a woman named Lydia come to know Christ but the jailor who guards them after some trouble makers stirred up problems that landed them in a prison. Paul and Silas end up in a dungeon yet through their deciding to praise God instead of complain in there, they leave such an inpression on the jailor he and his household believe in faith! God made many cups of lemonade here out of a sour lemon of a situation!