Matthew 4:1 - "Jesus was the led away by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil."
THE WORD "TEMPTED" ACTUALLY MEANS "TESTED OR PROVEN IN ADVERSITY."
BEFORE JESUS WAS LED TO DO WONDERS, HE WAS LED TO DO BATTLE.
THE FATHER PROVED THE CHARACTER OF HIS SON THROUGH CONFLICT. IT IS IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE THAT WHAT GOD HAS TAUGHT US IS TESTED.
LIFE CONSISTS OF LEARNING LESSONS AND PASSING TESTS. THE INTEGRITY OF GOD REQUIRES THAT OUR LEARNING NOT BE MERE HEAD KNOWLEDGE, BUT THAT OUR HEART BE CONFORMED TO CHRIST SO THAT CHRIST WILL BE SOMETHING WE INSTINCTIVELY CHOOSE IN THE MIDST OF TEMPTATION OR BATTLE.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 - "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."
GOD DOES NOT DEAL WITH TIME; HE DEALS WITH TIMING.
SOMETIMES THERE ARE SOME DIVINELY PERMITTED DELAYS IN MANIFESTING WHAT YOU'RE BELIEVING GOD FOR: ie. HE PERMITS THINGS NOT TO COME TO PASS UNTIL HE CAN GET YOU IN A CERTAIN POSITION.
IF YOU ARE FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH -- CERTIFYING AND CONFIRMING YOUR FAITH WITH THE WORD OF GOD AND STANDING FIRM UPON IT -- AND THERE IS A DELAY, THAT IS NOT THE TIME TO LET GO OF YOUR FAITH AND GIVE UP! THE DEVIL WILL TRY TO DECEIVE YOU INTO THINKING YOUR FAITH IS NOT WORKING OR THAT GOD IS NOT GOING TO COME THROUGH FOR YOU.
I'M NOT MOVED BY WHAT I SEE.
I'M NOT MOVED BY WHAT I FEEL.
I'M ONLY MOVED BY THE WORD OF GOD.
I BELIEVE GOD SAID WHAT HE MEANT, AND I BELIEVE GOD MEANT WHAT HE SAID.
Proverbs 3:5,6 - "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. "
"He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, from his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water." - (John 7:38)AMP
As Believers in Jesus Christ we walk in and release a supernatural, prophetic river of life (see John 7:38). It is already flowing through us. The reality of the new creation is this: When a person is born again, the Spirit of Jesus comes and takes up residence inside. From that moment forward, new life flows out of that person like a river of living water.
The new life that flows through us makes it possible for the Kingdom of God to touch the earth.
AS FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST:
We are called to bear good fruit and fruit that remains (see John 15:16),
We are called to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying (see John 16:13) and echo it in a meaningful, relatable way.
Let him who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying (see Revelation 2:7).
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY