Wednesday, 25 August 2021 – Wilderness

Good morning Church family

One of the things I am passionate about learning about at the moment is spiritual maturity. It is a subject not really spoken of much but it is the solution to many of the world’s ills. I think it is important for us as Christians to know how to practically apply the teachings of Christ to our everyday lives. What sort of practical things would Jesus make a part of His daily faith walk while on earth. Dallas Willard says that the secret to getting your mind right on all these issues is to know that it’s not trying that is important but training. He sites the example of the temptation of Jesus. We often think that the temptation of Jesus was made harder when the Holy Spirit sent Jesus into the wilderness where He fasted for forty days and forty nights. But we are wrong says Dallas, solitude is an amazing spiritual practice, stripped away of any distractions Jesus would have had the time to focus on his relationship with the Father, a preparation of sorts along with the fasting that actually gave Him the spiritual strength to withstand and overcome the temptation Satan would soon aim in His direction. I think that is quite a profound insight! Lockdown maybe our wilderness at the moment but if we use it as a training ground for our faith we will come through this a stronger person of God and a stronger church community.

“Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 NRSV

Now that you have time, try to take a few minutes each day to be completely alone with God.

Blessings to you all

Laurie

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