‘I WANT TO BE RELEVANT, POPULAR AND POWERFUL’

Who said this?

Was it Jesus?

No, it is the tempted leader.

“The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4 v 3-4)

“If I can turn stones into bread, I can feed myself (Jesus was hungry) but I could also feed the hungry. Imagine 5,000 on the hillside waiting for me to preach but there is no food? I could make a difference there and then. I could show the supernatural God through me.”

Jesus knew he could do this miracle.

But just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

To close down the testing he quotes Deuteronomy 8. Temptation often involves the twisting of Scripture and we need to untwist it so that truth sets us free.

The Spirit led me here under the gaze of the Father and He knows what I need and how long I will be in this place, so I wait for Him.

I know who I am and who I belong to.

You are not called to meet all the needs that are put before you. It is okay to be in need. Just wait awhile. The temptation to be relevant, to sort it out, to make things right, to be the superstar are ever before us. Leave room for need; your own and others. God will speak just wait.

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