Monthly Archives: May 2018

From Temptation to Power

The temptations that Jesus faced in the desert (Luke 4:1-14) are the same kinds of temptation that we are being continuously enticed by in the world today.

The temptations Jesus endured were hedonism, egoism, and materialism.  

Materialism is a personal attitude which attaches importance to acquiring and consuming material goods (kingdoms, wealth).

Egoism is the belief that individuals should focus primarily on doing what is in their self-interest.

Hedonism is a school of thought that argues that our personal pleasure and happiness should be the most important aspect of our life.

When Jesus returned from the 40 days of fasting and resisting temptation in the desert, he is said to have returned in the power of the Spirit. Overcoming these temptations may be an important key for us today in regard to ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 4:14-19 14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

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Imagine

Imagine a church where the primary focus was simply welcoming, worshiping, and dwelling in the presence of God. Rather than trying to excel at all the other things that churches are involved in nowadays, this church would unapologetically focus on welcoming and inviting the presence of the living God.

Primarily a place of worship, this church would be a fellowship of believers focusing on the adoration of the great Adonai. A place of free flowing praise and prayer and prophecy and testimony as momentarily inspired by the Spirit of God. A place of spiritual rest and recharge.

Imagine a gathering of believers who would not seek to be all things to all people, striving endlessly to meet the wants and desires and agendas of people, but instead, a church whose primary focus was to unpretentiously welcome the freely flowing presence and direction of the Holy Spirit.

Can you imagine?