LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION JEHOVAH GOD
LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION JEHOVAH GOD BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Jesus Was Led Into the Wilderness by the Holy Spirit to Be Tested by the Devil
The fourth chapter of the book of Luke records that Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil. “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.” (Luke 4:1-2) [KJV]
Jesus set the pace for each one of us that we shall all be taken into the wilderness to be tested. If we realize that we have been taken into the wilderness to be tested, let each one pray to God asking Him to save us from the danger of being in the hands of the evil one and to be delivered from the evil one. That is why He is called Jesus, the Saviour of the world. “And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) [KJV]
And He promises to save us if we cry to Him. “And when Peter jumped out of the sinking ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the hostile wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him,” (Matthew 14:29-31) [KJV] When you cry to Him to save you, He will stretch forth His hand and catch you to save you from sinking. He is the one who created the wind, the water and all the heavenly bodies. “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:3) [KJV] “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:” (John 1:10-12 [KJV]) Jesus Christ cannot sink because the winds and the water have to obey Him. And when He holds your hand, you will not sink. You shall also be as unsinkable as the Lord Jesus who is Lord of the water, the sea, the winds and all creation.
The temptation can be either physical, spiritual or economic attacks or a combination of all of them. When Jesus realized that He was deep in the wilderness and that He had been handed over to the evil one to be tested what was in His heart, He relaxed because He knew that the Holy Spirit was in Him, the Holy Spirit of God the Father Almighty, to deliver Him from evil.
If You Find Yourself in the Wilderness, Find Out Who Took You There.
It is inevitable to be led into the wilderness during our journeys here on earth. If it is the devil who led you into temptation, he will destroy you there. We have heard of many cases where people confess when taken to the dock that “The devil made me do it.” Or “The devil led me into it.”
If it is the Holy Spirit who led you to the wilderness to be tested by the devil, He will save you and deliver you. There is death in the wilderness for those who do not cry for God’s help and the earlier we pray to the Holy Spirit of God to deliver us from the evil that is lurking out there, the better for us or else we die there in the wilderness. The wilderness is a place of death for doubters, murmurers, rebels and the fearful and the devil is well armed with plagues, pestilences, serpents, hunger and thirst to execute his evil plan.
If God Is With You in the Wilderness, then He Will Give You Victory Over All Your Enemies
Jesus realized that he was deep in the wilderness in the hands of the devil and did not need to fear for God was with Him. God had assured Him that “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour: I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for you. Since you are precious in my sight, you have been honourable, and I have loved you: therefore will I give men for you, and people for your life. Fear not: for I am with you:” (Isaiah 43:2-5) [KJV] The devil had planned to do all manner of evil on Jesus who was in his hands. He could have tried to kill Him, steal from Him or even destroy Him. When one is being tempted in the wilderness, any kind of evil can happen to them. If you happen to be in the wilderness, you will be surrounded by all manner of demons. Desert tribes will fight you any time your relationship with God is not good but when you trust in the Lord, “Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and cut off all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God. When the LORD your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land he is giving you to possess as an inheritance, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget! (Deuteronomy 25.17-19).
These desert dwellers hate God’s people. They wanted to kill the Israelites because Israelites refused to worship their gods. But God has promised to destroy all who try to destroy you in the wilderness if you follow His commandments and worship Him. Yes. God will give you victory over your enemies when they rise against you because He is Jehovah Nissi, the God who has sworn to give us victory over our enemies from generation to generation.Jehovah Nissi means ‘The Lord Our Banner,”Our flag of victory.’ “And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah Nissi: For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek (Amalek symbolizes our enemies) from generation to generation.” (Exod 17:14-16) [KJV]
The Wilderness is a Place of Testing
The wilderness is not a comfort zone but a place of scarcity and suffering. The wilderness experience was not meant to uplift the children of Israel. The Israelites were taken to the wilderness to be tested because God wanted to know what was in their hearts, to know whether or not they would keep His commandments. “Remember that the LORD your God led you on the entire journey these 40 years in the wilderness, so that He might humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands.” (Deut 8:2 [HCSB])
The Wilderness is a Place of Death
Sometimes the testing might turn tragic as it sometimes did to the rebellious children of Israel when the earth opened and swallowed those Israelites who rebelled against Moses and against the Lord. Korah and his family and their possessions were swallowed by the earth as recorded in Numbers 16:31-35.
God did not take the Israelites round the wilderness because it was the route to the Promised Land. He decided to punish those over the age of twenty who rebelled against Him even after they had seen how He delivered them from the house of bondage with signs and wonders. He took them round and round the wilderness to kill the adult population of Israel after they defied Him in the wilderness: murmuring against Moses and against God. Israelites had been incited to rebel against Moses (God’s appointed leader) by the ten spies who gave an evil report. God was so annoyed to hear that they were looking for another captain other than Moses to take them back to Egypt that He wanted to kill all of them.But Moses pleaded with God by praying to Him to forgive them. “And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. Say unto them, [As truly as] I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, [concerning] which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. But [as for] you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.” (Num 14:26-33 [KJV]) Thousands of those who murmured against the Lord died in the wilderness. Only their children who were born in the wilderness entered the Promised Land. (Numbers 26:51-63)
When we are in the Wilderness, the Lord tells us to Pray that He Leads Us Not Into Temptation
Jesus gave us the remedy in case we are led into temptations when He taught His disciples how to pray and gave them and by extension gave us the format of prayer in the greatest prayer of all called the Lord’s Prayer found in the book of Matthew 6:9-13. He told us that any time that we are led into temptation, we should ask God not to lead us into temptation but to deliver us from the evil one.
When Jesus was giving His disciples the format of praying, He said that that we should always pray to God not to lead us to temptation. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” (Matt 6:13 [KJV]) Jesus said that in the event that we find ourselves deep in temptation, we should always cry to God to deliver us from evil for He is the Lord of all creation. He saved Shadrack, Meshak and Abednego from the blazing furnace. “Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Dan 3:24-25) [KJV]
“Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and called: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God — come out!” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire. When the satraps, prefects, governors, and the king’s advisers gathered around, they saw that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men: not a hair of their heads was singed (changed), their robes were unaffected, and there was no smell of fire on them. Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent His angel and rescued His servants who trusted in Him. They violated the king’s command and risked their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I issue a decree that anyone of any people, nation, or language who says anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will be torn limb from limb and his house made a garbage dump. For there is no other god who is able to deliver like this.” Then the king rewarded Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.” (Dan 3:26-30) [HCSB] God is telling His children that “when thou walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon you. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:” If you want to know whether you are a child of God with all the rights of an heir of God’s promises, turn to the book of John chapter 1 verses1-3, 10-12. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:1-3) [KJV] “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons/children of God, even to them that believe on His name:” (John 1:10-12) [KJV] God also saved Daniel when he was fed to man eating lions when He shut their mouths and they could not touch him. (Daniel 6:11-28)
God knows that in this world, we shall be falling into temptations and to avoid being led into temptation, He commands us to pray always so that we do not fall into temptation. Jesus told His disciples a few minutes before He was led to the severest temptation of His life to “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt 26:41 [KJV]) “And He said unto them, Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, or else you enter into temptation.” (Luke 22:46 [KJV])
Deliver us from Evil
Whenever we are led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil, we should pray incessantly to God to deliver us from the hands of the devil. Jesus knows that we shall all be taken to the wilderness to be tempted by the devil for as many times as God wants so “that He might humble us and test us to know what is in our hearts, whether or not we would keep His commands.” (Deut 8:2 [HCSB]) We are either being tested in the wilderness now, or waiting to be tested next or will be tested later on but definitely we are in this world full of trials and trouble. This world is our wilderness where we are all destined to go through all manner of temptations. “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33 [HCSB])
Testimony of Some of My Trials and Subsequent Deliverance
I have gone through different challenges in my life and I feel urged to share how God delivered me from near death challenges. One of those challenges involve a day when I was walking to the church on a Sunday morning in the year 2012. God saved my life by turning my head swiftly upwards towards the top of a tall fence to see a stone coming towards me and which hit me on my forehead, cutting a deep wound on my forehead, splattering blood on my shirt. My wife who was with me took me to hospital and the wound was stitched and later on the wound healed. But God told me that if He had not jerked my head to face the oncoming stone, it would have hit me on my left side of the head above my ear, shattering my jugular vein and resulting in bleeding to death. I later learnt that a twelve year old boy had innocently thrown a stone at a bird in the air using a sling shot and the devil led the stone towards me because the devil wanted to kill me. I forgave the boy of his deed.
Another incident was when a minor operation to remove a lipoma (a swelling as a result of accumulation of fat) from my left leg turned life threatening. It all started with a small swelling on the front part of my left leg below the knee which I had lived with from age two when a wooden stool fell on my leg and none cared to rub the swollen spot to prevent the area from swelling. I had gone through childhood, school life and adulthood without the swelling attracting my attention as it was not paining. I could run, play football, hockey and all manner of exercises. Starting from the beginning of the year 2015, I started feeling its presence, its weight and if my left leg stayed in the same position without stretching, the swelling would pain me. That is when I decided to go to hospital ‘A’ (name withheld) for my left leg to be checked. On Monday 22nd August 2016, I went to a hospital ‘A’ where the x-ray test showed that it was a harmless swelling. The duty doctor told me that such a swelling is called Lipoma, a harmless accumulation of fat around a swelling below the skin and can be removed through a minor operation. The duty doctor then told me that the lipoma had started exerting itself and establishing itself so that it would nourish itself and start growing. He prescribed that I go to a certain well reputable hospital where I have a medical insurance cover so that the lipoma could be removed. When I took that prescription to the referral doctor to stamp it so that I would go with that referral letter to the referred hospital, that is when the devil came on the scene to stop me from going for that operation in the referral hospital so that he could execute the evil plan he had for me. A nurse in that hospital ‘A’ who was at the referral desk told me that there was no need to go to the referral hospital because they have a very good resident doctor whom she called Dr. X who comes to do operations in that hospital ‘A’ every Friday. She even made a call and told me that luckily, the doctor X had happened to pass by and was already around and she could take me to see him. Things happened so fast that I found myself in a room where a man introduced himself as the doctor X who is in charge of the group of the hospitals. He looked at the swelling on my left leg, touched and squeezed it and told me that it is a harmless lipoma that can be removed. He asked me to go back to the nurse so that I would be booked for an operation the following Friday 26th August 2016. I went to that hospital on 26th August 2016 in the morning and was ushered into the theatre at 4.00 pm as the queue was long. Within 15 minutes, doctor X was through and he told me the operation was successful. The first error I noted about Doctor X was that he operated on my leg in civilian clothes. I did not like it because he could infect my wound with his civilian clothes. Clothes carry a lot of germs collected from the places we sit or pass by. That was the beginning of a catalogue of errors that were done by the Doctor X who operated on my leg on 26th August 2016. After the operation, he showed me some bloody fatty tissue he had removed that was the size of a small flash disk. He put it inside a test tube for it to be taken to the referral hospital for histology and he told me that the histology results will be out in three weeks. He told me that he had stitched the wound using removable stitches and that after a week, I can go to the nearest hospital for the stitches to be removed. After Doctor X left, the male nurse who was assisting the doctor during the operation told me that Doctor X used stitches that get absorbed by the body and that after three days, I should remove the bandage as the wound would have healed. I noted the confusing statements of Doctor X and those of the nurse concerning the type of stitches used and I noted the contradiction and I knew that I was in the hands of the devil. In my spirit, God put a script for me and told me that the devil operates in confusion. God had over the years told me that whenever I see or experience deliberate confusion, the devil is at work to destroy me. That was confusion number one.
I returned to hospital ‘A’ a week later on Friday 2th September 2016 because the wound was paining a lot and requested the duty doctor to order for the stitches to be removed. The duty doctor ordered for the bandage to be removed, looked at the wound and said that the stitches are not there. That brought the confusion tally to two. However, she asked me whether the doctor who operated on me gave me antibiotics and I said that I was given only painkillers. She prescribed me some antibiotics and I started taking them there and then. That became the second error committed by Doctor X when he forgot to prescribe antibiotics for my wound after the operation on my leg. Antibiotics are supposed to be prescribed to whoever undergoes an operation to guard the wound from being infected by harmful bacteria.
On Tuesday 6th September 2016, I returned to the hospital ‘A’ and requested them to remove the stitches as the wound was very painful but they told me there was no dressing. I was told to go back there the following day.
On Wednesday 7th September 2016, they told me that the dressings came but they needed to be sterilized for the whole night and that I should go back there the following day. That was when I realized that the devil was hindering the stitches from being removed for the wound to become worse. That was the time God told me to go to another branch of the same hospitals and I straightaway went to the other hospital which I will name Hospital ‘B.’
At hospital ‘B,’ I was received by a doctor whom I will call Dr. Good Samaritan or in short Dr GS who showed me care and concern I had not experienced. Dr GS asked me whether I was administered an anti-tetanus injection after the operation. I told him I did not know. He told me that the injection is done on the upper arm on all who have undergone surgery for prevention against infection from tetanus and I told him I was not administered such an injection. Doctor X forgot to prescribe an anti-tetanus injection before he operated on my leg. That was Doctor X’s third error on my body. Straightaway Doctor GS ordered that I be injected with an anti-tetanus injection. He ordered for the bandage to be removed and I was taken to the minor theatre where the stitches were removed. When the stitches were removed, pus and black blood clots came out and the doctor told me that the wound was septic. I asked the doctor where the black blood clots came from and he told me that the doctor who operated on my leg just stitched the wound on the surface of the skin leaving a hole inside and blood collected there and mixed with air and rotted. That was Doctor X’s fourth and most fatal error on my body. Under the supervision of doctor GS, the nurse started pressing different parts of my lower left leg and pus continued to come out mixed with black blood clots. After more attempts to remove the ooze, they dressed the wound and told me to go there the following day for dressing. The exercise of removing pus and blood clots was done in that hospital for the next three days consecutively up to Sunday 11th September 2016 when the doctor confirmed that all the blood clots and pus had been milked out and my leg was saved from rotting. I was told to be going for dressing daily. I went for dressing for the rest of the month of September 2016 and early October. On Wednesday 14th September 2016, the doctor noted that the wound was bleeding and on 15th September 2016, I I was taken to the theatre for the second operation on the leg where he discovered that the wound was still septic. He cleaned the inside of the wound with antiseptics and it stopped bleeding for a while and he dressed it. On 10th of October 2016, I went to hospital ‘B’ for removal of the bandage but the doctor realized that the wound was still not healed and prescribed that I buy honey and be applying it and the wound would get healed. The following day, I went to the same hospital to ask for another solution as the wound was still bleeding. The doctor prescribed a certain drug that helps wounds dry and heal. After three days of applying that medicine to no avail, I returned to Hospital B and another doctor there prescribed another dusting powder to help in healing. Two days later, the wound was still bleeding and when I went to hospital ‘B,’ all the three doctors were on duty and they all came to see the wound. They all agreed that the bandage should be removed but they differed on the best drug to be applied, each insisting on the drug they had prescribed. After quarreling over the drug that should be applied, one of them insisted on his prescription and the others concurred. When I went home, I decided to follow none of their prescriptions and asked God to heal my wound. And that was the time the wound stopped bleeding, started healing and started drying. I thanked God for healing my wound and saving me from the evil plan the devil had for me. I realized that God is the one “who forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases” (Psalm 103:3). I now believe the word of God which says that “By the stripes of Jesus we are healed” (1 Peter 2:4).
We should always pray to God to intervene and save us from the evil one by delivering us from the hands of the devil. Jesus Christ can intervene to deliver us from the hands of the devil instantly the way He speedily saved Shadrack, Meshak and Abednego from the blazing furnace. At other times, Jesus can take time to intervene because He wants to intervene when the action He will take will glorify God most. Jesus delayed in coming to heal Lazarus so that the disease would get worse until Lazarus died and was buried so as to prove his absolute power to resurrect even one who was four days dead. (John 11:1-45) He proved that He can call back the soul of one who had died four days ago and his soul gone to hell so that God the Father is glorified. He can wait for your disease to worsen so that when He heals you, God will be glorified by as many people as possible. Tradition says that Lazarus walked on the streets of Bethany and Jerusalem after he was resurrected back to life for another 30 years as a walking miracle, explaining to everyone how his friend Jesus resurrected him from the dead before they crucified Him and whom God the Father resurrected Him and He then ascended back to heaven.
Jesus came down from heaven to earth and became flesh so as to fulfill the promise of God that He is the God who dwells with us. After Jesus came to the earth in the flesh, He then introduced the kingdom of heaven here on earth so that whoever believes in Him will enjoy kingdom privileges promised by the Almighty God since creation. For Christ, who is Emmanuel or God with us, to introduce the kingdom of heaven here on earth, He came to destroy all works of the devil and demonstrate the power of God on earth. “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (I John 3:8-10) Works of the devil include diseases, captivity and being possessed by demons, all manner of disabilities. That was the mandate He read to the synagogue about why He came in the flesh here on earth in the book of Luke 4:18 when He said; “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”
To execute that mandate, Jesus had to be anointed for that task. No wonder He is called Christ, the Messiah. The word Christ is an English translation from the Greek word Christos that is a translation of the Hebrew word Messiah. Translated into English, it means anointed or the Anointed One. It also refers to His anointing. Jesus is the Anointed One; anointed even before He came to this world.“He (Andrew) first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.” (John 1:41 [KJV])
To be anointed is to have the power of God rubbed into your flesh to enable the flesh do extraordinary works that the flesh would not normally do. Peter preached the message of the anointing to a Gentile by the name Cornelius who got saved together with his entire family when he told them of “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38) [KJV]
Christ came into this world to conquer Satan and his kingdom (sin, death, darkness, rebellion and all manner of wickedness) in order to introduce God’s kingdom here on earth. For Him to introduce the kingdom of God here on earth, He had to get followers whom He would send to the whole world, preaching the good news of the kingdom of God.
“Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20) [HCSB]
“And Jesus said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:15-18) [KJV]
And when the disciples were anointed with the Holy Ghost and with the power of the anointing on the day of Pentecost as Jesus had promised them, they went forth preaching the gospel of Christ and the gospel of the kingdom of God with signs and wonders, destroying works of the devil in Jesus’ name. That was the day the church of Christ was born through the preaching of the gospel. And the followers of Christ took the gospel to the whole world. And the preaching of the gospel will be continued by believers who are willing and obedient like you and I to take it to all the nations. The reason why God saves you from sicknesses by healing you is because He wants you to serve Him by preaching Christ to the nations. You can start preaching Christ by accepting Him as your personal Saviour and then witnessing His goodness to someone else. And the preacher inside of you will burst forth with power in the name of Jesus. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:14) [KJV]