Then Jesus, full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit,
returned from the Jordan and was led in [by] the [Holy] Spirit
2 For (during) forty days in the wilderness (desert),
where He was tempted (tried, tested exceedingly) by the devil. And He ate
nothing during those days, and when they were completed, He was hungry.
3 Then the devil said to Him, If You are the Son of
God, order this stone to turn into a loaf [of bread].
4 And Jesus replied to him, It is written, Man shall
not live and be sustained by (on) bread alone [b]but by every word and expression
5 Then the devil took Him up to a high mountain and
showed Him all the kingdoms of the habitable world in a moment of time [in the
twinkling of an eye].
6 And he said to Him, To You I will give all this
power and authority and their glory (all their magnificence, excellence,
preeminence, dignity, and grace), for it has been turned over to me, and I give
it to whomever I will.
7 Therefore if You will do homage to and worship me
[just once], it shall all be Yours.
8 And Jesus replied to him, Get behind Me, Satan! It
is written, You shall do homage to and worship the Lord your God, and Him only
shall you serve.
9 Then he took Him to Jerusalem and set Him on a gable
of the temple, and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, cast Yourself down
10 For it is written, He will give His angels charge
over you to guard and watch over you closely and carefully;
11 And on their hands they will bear you up, lest you
strike your foot against a stone.
12 And Jesus replied to him, [The Scripture] says, You
shall not tempt (try, test exceedingly) the Lord your God.
13 And when the devil had ended every [the complete
cycle of] temptation, he [temporarily] left Him [that is, stood off from Him]
until another more opportune and favorable time.
14 Then Jesus went back full of and under the power of
the [Holy] Spirit into Galilee, and the fame of Him spread through the whole
region round about.
Luke 4:1-14 AMPC
Divine revelation carries an aura of
prophetic tangibility. It brings the
regeneration of all those that hear God.
A testimony has the preceding word of God. The word of your testimony is the expression
of the prophetic atmosphere. God's word needs to be demonstrated by power.
[Even as my preaching has been accompanied] with the
power of signs and wonders, [and all of it] by the power of the Holy Spirit.
[The result is] that starting from Jerusalem and as far round as Illyricum, I
have fully preached the Gospel [faithfully executing, accomplishing, carrying
out to the full the good news] of Christ (the Messiah) in its entirety.
Romans 15:19 AMPC
The preceding word of God is His eternal
purpose. The word of testimony is the embodiment of what was inferred in the
every transition in your life there will be confutation and this confutation is
terrestrial. The word of God will be resisted.
16 And in the same way the ones sown upon stony ground
are those who, when they hear the Word, at once receive and accept and welcome
it with joy;
17 And they have no real root in themselves, and so
they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on
account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased,
indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.
Mark 4:16-17 AMPC
The enemy cannot topple what God has said
successfully unless God is not the one who spoke. Instead what was at work was
not the voice of God but vain machinations and imaginations.
You cannot circumvent revelation; no matter
how long it takes God's word will come to pass.
God's word does not compete with
circumstances. God is the same today,
yesterday and forever more.
We need to uncover the parchment of our
existence in Christ even though we are complete in Christ. This is what creates
a prophetic atmosphere or prophetic aura for the people around you.
This aura capacitates divine revelation to
bypass human understanding therefore overcoming reason which may hinder the
move of God in your life. This is the
very context for the miraculous.
The move of God is to move from the altar to
As sons we should ask God for understanding
on the mystery of His kingdom
God wants sons to be part of His agenda and not the agenda of the world.
Sons understand the voice of God they do not just
hear the voice of God. When we understand the voice of God we walk into the liberty that God has given
We should not always run away trials since
some are orchestrated by God. Temptations and trials should not scare us but
we should embrace them for they create the image of Christ in us. They come to transform us.
2 Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you
are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various
3 Be assured and understand that the trial and proving
of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience
have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly
and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
James 1:2-4 AMPC
In the face of temptation we need to tap into
the heart and mind of God; what is he doing within the inside of your being and
what he is imparting and transforming in us.
The vantage point of process denotes
development, progress, formation and growth. It does not mean suffering per se.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of
all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own]
eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you
ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.
1 Peter 5:10 AMPC
The enemy is under your feet. We overcome
Satan by the power of Christ; by his blood and the testimony.
Trials allow us to grow from one glory to
The battles we have are not necessarily
between the devil and man but between the false identity and the new identity
We succumb to temptation because we have
espoused false identity; a pass or fail mind-set does not apply in God.
The temptations Christ faced are summarized
in one thing: identity. Satan's temptation was in and around on Christ’s
Then the devil said to Him, If You are the Son of God,
order this stone to turn into a loaf [of bread].
Luke 4:3 AMPC
The enemy comes to tempt us immediately we
have experienced a great move of God.
The two temptations of identity in a sons
life revolve around who you are as a son and who the Father is to you at that
23 Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily
(from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,
24 Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the
Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real]
reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the
Colossians 3:23-24 AMPC
The temptation will compel us to prove that
we are of God. God does not need us to prove ourselves.
Our focus should be on God not proving a
point. As sons we should be secure in our identity and not in performance.
are tempted we try not to mess up so that we don't fail before the father but our identity is not based on our trying not to fail. Passing or failing does not describe who
Even if you fail and fall into temptation,
return to God like the Prodigal Son. Who you are is what matters not what you
have done. Sin does grieve God, but it
does not take away His perspective of you.
In the same way our relationships are to be based on who we are and not how
much we have impressed each other.
The Wilderness test is not about passing or
failing but about self-discovery. It has
to do with the unveiling of what we truly believe of God and self.
But the man who has doubts (misgivings, an uneasy
conscience) about eating, and then eats [perhaps because of you], stands
condemned [before God], because he is not true to his convictions and he does
not act from faith. For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is
sin [whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful].
Romans 14:23 AMPC
True identity is not in the process of
learning but in manifesting what we have learnt. It is based on what we have
gone through and overcome leading to function.
As long as we are learning we cannot
manifest. Learning is for a season. Once
we learn we must exercise it. Mastery precedes manifestation.
Sons know their work is to serve the purpose
God wants us to move from learning to
becoming. Anger at self and God is experienced when one is caught up in the
process. These are the two issues we
will deal with as we get perfected in process.
Undertones of jealousy will be dealt with.
God looks at things from an eternal posture.
We should not allow for limits of the natural to cause us to see in the
physical but to see from an eternal perspective.
Jesus perspective was not based on
performance but on what God thinks of Him.
We should reject what God does not say about
You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete
maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height
of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:48 AMPC
In God's eyes we are perfect
Perfection is about posture, not performance. It is the acceptance of the declaration
of God about you; what the Father has
declared over you from Eternity.
Adam and Eve allowed for enemy to question
God's perspective of them. They were naked and not ashamed. Sin removed the garment of glory and they
became present to their shame and nakedness.
When we sin we run to God not from Him
If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess
our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and
will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us
from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose,
thought, and action].
1 John 1:9 AMPC
The intrinsic element of the son of God is
the presence of God; in the spirit. We were created in His image and likeness;
male and female.
God requires us to be in a spiritual context
where we can be fathered in the Lord. This is orchestrated by the Spirit of
God places the solitary in families and gives the
desolate a home in which to dwell; He leads the prisoners out to prosperity;
but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
Psalm 68:6 AMPC
Fatherhood and sonship is founded on
relationship; not do's and don'ts.
It is a two way relationship where fathers and sons minister to each other in words and deeds.
Sons provide organic solutions for their
Sons are the grandeur of their fathers.
Fathers are revealed through their sons. Sonship is a spiritual identity of the
family belonging to God.
14 For this reason [seeing the greatness of this plan
by which you are built together in Christ], I bow my knees before the Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is
named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its
Ephesians 3:14-15 AMPC
God established fatherhood and sonship; He is
a father that manifested himself in the son Jesus Christ.
A good father is revealed through his sons.
Fathers send sons to their prophetic
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father
in Me; or else believe Me for the sake of the [very] works themselves. [If you
cannot trust Me, at least let these works that I do in My Father’s name
12 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone
steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do;
and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.
13 And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you
ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be
glorified and extolled in (through) the Son.
John 14:11-13 AMPC
Fathers birth sons. A son needs a father and serves their father in the context of
Fathers raise and groom sons to become