Unveiling the Epic Battle: How Christ Triumphed Over Satan’s Temptations! (Video)

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      I would save 33 years ago I came to Christ out of a world a life of darkness and I was saved in a in a Southern Baptist Church and look I went to Sunday school in the morning and I went to church Sunday morning and I go back Sunday night and if I wasn’t on duty at the time I go back on Wednesday and like going from a world of Darkness like knowing nothing like nothing I started to learn things and I was excited because I was learning things and I didn’t feel so stupid when my friends would talk about Jesus and I wasn’t afraid because I’d never heard of Jesus and but you know what I found after a while that learning was just learning that learning didn’t apply to living and I got dry and I’m like this Jesus that we’re talking about I don’t even know who he is like what you’re telling me and what I’m living don’t match and then I’d fall away I’d fall away in the season of dryness and then after a while of Separation I’d I out of emotional and I’m like well I need to go back and I’d go back same lessons same how’s it going and I would get so dry and then I quit going because what they’re telling me and what I’m living were two different things and then it became a vicious cycle of just this binge Purge binge Purge and after about 10 years of that I went to a visited a Spirit-filled church I’d never been there and I walked in and of course the first person I see is a lady who I never met in my life but I know she hated me like she said bad things about me because my position as a as a police officer and an arrest that had been made and a family member and I’m like I just want to visit I don’t need your drama and she comes up and she puts her hands on the side of my head and she starts praying except I don’t know what she’s saying and she’s praying and I’m just trying to be nice like I just don’t want drama right I mean I get it during the week I just want to go home and go to lunch and all of a sudden the words I start to understand them she’s speaking in tongues and I began to understand that it’s not her words it’s God speaking to me and then I realized that it’s the gift of interpretation and with that fell that the power of the Holy Spirit and I’m going to tell you when she finished praying and she’s like she goes will you forgive me I don’t even know you and I’m like yeah and she started praying again and listen and it’s all I could do she was literally physically holding me up by these two ears on the side of my head I was so slain in the spirit and after that moment my life had never been the same I had been a dwelled by the power of the Holy Spirit the Jesus that they had been talking about became the Jesus that I became intimately connected to without the baptism of the Holy Spirit we got we don’t have the life this book this is just literature without the power of the Holy Spirit as we continue our walk through the gospel of Mark today we’re going to talk about the baptism the baptism of Jesus but what I want to tell you is that Jesus’s Ministry was only activated after the baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit and yours will be too if you’re living a life that feels dry academic educational you feel like this this well is just like dry literature you need an encounter with the Living God through the power of the Holy Spirit your ministry your life your fire is only activated by the indwelling of the holy spirit so I will ask us if we’ll stand as the body as we continue to read and work through the gospel of Mark let’s read the only word that gives us the true fire for life and we’ll read this as the body and it comes from Mark 1 9 through 13 as our anchor scripture and we’ll read together John baptizes Jesus it came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan and immediately coming up from the water he saw the heavens party and the spirit descending upon him like a dove then a voice Came From Heaven you are my beloved Son and whom I am well pleased immediately the spirit drove him into the Wilderness and he was there in the wilderness 40 days tempted by Satan and was with the wild beasts and the angels ministered to him that is a good word thank you Lord that is what launched the ministry of Jesus what I want to share with you is that Jesus began his Earthly Ministry with a symbolic death and water baptism symbolic burial and Resurrection Jesus began his Heavenly Ministry with an actual death an actual burial and an actual Resurrection you see Jesus’s baptism it brought the Holy Spirit down to indwell in him and empowered his ministry Jesus’s Ascension sent the Holy Spirit down to indwell in you and Empower your ministry you see Jesus shows submission to God by submitting to baptism to submitting to John for baptism remember we’ve talked before and we talked about Ephesians that the word submission it’s from the Greek hupatasso Hoopa mean placing yourself under like God Like Jesus placed himself under the will of the father and tosso is a military word meaning ordered and structured Jesus submitted himself to John the Baptist for baptism John the baptism John the Baptist served a Ministry role by baptizing Jesus what I want to share is sometimes in our lives oftentimes in our lives our ministry may be to elevate someone to the next level in their Ministry sometimes we you know they say that comparison is the thief of joy we’re like well my Ministry is not as big as their Ministry and they’ve got a microphone strapped to their face and well I’m just over here waving at people in the parking lot like don’t compare your God job to the other God jobs do your God job we talked about it before at the time John the Baptist was like the First Christian Church Mega pastor he says all Judea all Jerusalem came out to see him that’s about 70 000 people but all he was meant to do was to point people to the to the king to King Jesus don’t compare what God’s asked you to do to anyone else be obedient to God’s Will and serve a purpose that is usually greater than your personal expectations and what I want to encourage is be careful not to self-activate if you’re moving into a Ministry and you’re outside of God’s uh will then you’re going to be outside of God’s favor you’re going to struggle you’re going to feel dry had John the Baptist been like no I know I know I know but like like don’t unsubscribe from my mailing list right no then John falls out but John didn’t fall out John did his job John was there to help Elevate and move Jesus’s Ministry from glory to glory and then in Mark 1 11 then a voice Came From Heaven you were my beloved Son and whom I am well pleased like this would be the first recorded time that God the Father speaks to Jesus the son since he became flesh you imagine 30 years 30 years and then your dad gives verbal affirmation it’s so important for us to receive God the father’s affirmation Dads your wives and your kids they seek they need your verbal affirmation you were good Fathers the people in our lives need our affirmation so I want to go to the next part which is the when Satan tempts Jesus and the rest of this message I want to focus on this because this is where the Lord led me to focus upon and we’re going to go into 12 and it says the spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the Wilderness where he was tempted by Satan for 40 days he was Out Among the wild animals and the angels took care of him it’s important we we spent 17 weeks in Ephesians talking about building character and and then the armor of God and and standing firm Against The Wiles of the devil and and it’s so important to understand who we’re dealing with we’ve got to know the enemy otherwise we’re just throwing fists flailing in the air we’re accomplishing nothing so just to clear up because we do we get this all the time and and when it comes to to demonic oppression or possession or suppression there’s there’s some there’s some controversy but the question is can a Believer be demon oppressed and the answer is yes was Jesus oppressed by Satan yes and if you don’t believe that he was then you don’t believe the word of the Lord because the word of the Lord just said he was tempted by Satan it didn’t mean he was just in the same space Jesus was tempted by Satan that temptation is oppression now was Jesus possessed no can a Believer be possessed no when you receive Jesus Christ as your savior you have received the Holy Spirit you were 100 filled with the Holy Spirit there is no room for demons but in the Bible it’s it’s about legal Authority so you buy your property that property belongs to you you have legal a property a legal authority over that property now does that mean that a squatter can’t come and set up a tent at the end of that property they can do they have legal authority to be there no do you have the right to evict them yes and you should demons have no legal Authority God has legal authority over you why because his son paid for you he bought you the Holy Spirit has filled you but it’s still important going forward for the rest of this message and the rest and in our walks to understand that we can be oppressed by demonic forces you know so here’s Jesus you think about this and and in Mark it’s just two sentences it’s pretty brief and we’re going to jump over to Luke in a little bit but you think about this here’s Jesus he sees his cousin John Hey cuz he gets water baptized he comes out remember when you got slain by the holy spirit for the first time he gets filled by the Holy Spirit and then God his father affirms him like how amazing is that this is a Mountaintop experience in our life immediately he is compelled driven into the Wilderness for 40 days where he is tempted by Satan it’s like what gives like what gives life was so good how did it go to here how many times do we find ourselves in those situations Mountaintop moments look Satan’s lost but it does mean he likes losing what better way to knock you off a mountain is when you’re on the mountain you see I’ll tell you Moses in Moses’s Mountaintop experience with the Lord he came down to find what the entire nation had thrown a party and built a golden calf the disappointment he must have felt Paul Paul was re was receiving such deep Revelation from the Lord that that Satan sent a demon to to tempt him to distract him and you know poor Peter like Peter wins the prize from Peak to pit in record time like you go to Matthew 16 and here’s Jesus he’s like but who do you say that I am and oh Peter you’re the Messiah you’re the son of the Living God like this is Peter and Jesus like that’s my boy good going Peter and then Jesus shares about about his coming uh uh crucifixion Resurrection the sin and then Peter chastises him and what does Jesus say right after that get behind me Satan like this is Jesus the Christ get behind me Satan so Peter wins the prize from Peak to pit in record time don’t be surprised when you get these Mountaintop experiences that the devil’s not waiting to trip you up on the way down but you know how you defend that you’re Adorn yourself in the full armor of God let’s face the reality Satan is going to attack you because you’re on team Jesus and if you’re like well then I just won’t I just won’t worship God I’ll just lay under the radar then you’re serving Satan like there’s no neutral ground there’s no neutral ground you’re either serving King Jesus or you’re serving Satan I’m sorry to tell you but there’s no neutral ground too many times people are like it’s just too hot just things are crazy right now like almost sit out for a little bit y’all this is the fourth quarter of the championship game there’s no Fifth Quarter in this game this is it you sit on that bench you miss out on the victory so let’s understand a little bit more about Satan as it’s as he’s described in this Encounter With Jesus like Satan is who he is devil as an adverb is what he does now a lot of times the word Satan and devil are interchanged devil can be used as a noun it often is but in this context Satan is who he is devil is what he does because the word devil in Greek is diabolos and that means slanderer and as a slanderer what the slanderer does it’s a persistent pounding pounding pounding pounding you see you’re a strong tower you’re standing for the Lord and to breach that Tower to breach that that position that you hold for the kingdom takes a pounding and a pounding and a pounding and a pounding that’s what the slanderer does the slanderer continues to pound you to and what is he pounding your mind because that’s the battlefield that’s what a slanderer does what does he slander in your life with right now you’re too old you’re too weak you’re too slow you’re too poor you’re too dumb you’re too scared you too this you do that nobody’s going to love you no wonder they left you nobody’s going to hire you no wonder you’re this this these are lies these are lies from the father of Lies I would rather just take a punch in the face like a physical punch in the face let’s get it over with but you know what affects me and it affects you is the pounding and the pounding and the pounding and the lies that the father of Lies is constantly telling you you know why because like we’ve shared before the the word um stand against The Wiles The Wiles in the Greek is uh methodos or methodos and it means one way the devil has one way one road one trick into your life and it’s into your mind that’s why we say that you’ve got to put on the helmet of salvation and it can’t be like a bucket on your head it is wrapped tight A Warrior’s helmet is tight on their head tied with a bill a visor and a bill behind jaw protection to prevent any kind of cheap shots you’ve got to put on the helmet of salvation your mind is a battlefield and look I know a lot of times we’re like well I want I just want to have an emotional reaction like I want to feel some Jesus I just want to be happy and I get that but the war is one in your mind you want to be happy get your mind right for Christ now emotions will come as a manifestation of winning your war against Satan but that war is not going to be won with happy wishes and rainbows that war is won by Renewing Your Mind we talk about Romans 12 2 12 2 12 2 that should be seared in your mind because that’s the winning strategy and do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God do not be conformed to this world who is the God of this world Satan little G temporary do not be conformed to the patterns of this world be transformed by the renewing of your mind how do you renew your mind there’s a lot of ways to renew your mind you can watch TV you can watch radio you can listen to people you can look at memes on Facebook or you can go to the source you go to the word of the Lord but I’m going to tell you the slanderer is not going to stop it’s not going to stop it’s not going to stop but you bet that you put the helmet of salvation it even defended against the most lethal weapon at that time which was the battle ax it was an ax that would literally crush your skull with one blow a stab you can survive it a jab you can survive it put a battle ax to the head you’re dead you’re dead that helmet that the Warriors wore defended that the helmet of salvation that God gives you to put on it defends against that the devil’s not going to give you a break because times are tough what you do is you stand from your position of authority you see we think we’re coming from defeat and we’ve got to walk into the light you’re already in the light you’re already in the light all those slanderous allegations that are made those rumors and gossips that’s just nothing but I want you to understand who the enemy is I want you to understand who he is so we can appreciate what Jesus is going through so when so when Mark continues and he tells the story and and he says about Jesus’s Temptation and and actually only in Mark’s gospel does he mention that Jesus is amongst the wild beasts it says immediately the spirit drove him into the Wilderness and he was there in the wilderness for 40 days tempted by Satan and was with wild beasts and the angels minister to him like Mark’s Gospel Matthew and Luke are John neither one none of the three mentioned wild beasts what Mark is doing is he’s setting the atmosphere he said in the environment because let’s not I don’t want you to misunderstand when it’s like Jesus in the wilderness it’s like we’ve been in the wilderness we’ve been camping there was an Airbnb or a hotel six I mean there was something like this is nothing nothing Jesus is completely exposed to the natural elements there’s no shelter there’s no food there’s no water there’s no bed All Around Jesus just seconds from being water baptized Holy Spirit as well and fatherly affirmed he finds himself in the middle of nothing nothing all around him including wild beast it’s like if it ain’t enough for the sun if it ain’t enough because there’s no food if it ain’t enough because there’s no water now they got all these wild beasts around me let me tell you what Mark’s doing Mark’s connecting Jesus to Adam you see Jesus is the second Adam came in the flesh was corrupted created the fall of humanity Jesus came in the spirit is the Redemption of humanity Mark doesn’t imply that Jesus was in danger from the natural threats of the Beast he simply said there were wild beasts you see you know why Jesus was not in danger because he had Authority and dominion over those wild beasts the same as Adam when he was in the garden actually Adam named all the beasts if you recall Mark is giving the description of the atmosphere that Jesus finds himself in but Jesus is is not it doesn’t say that he’s in danger of the wild beast our natural mind goes oh my goodness what’s going to happen what’s going to get him in the Supernatural you realize he’s got a dominion and authority over those things never once says he’s in danger you see Adam amongst the Beast was in no danger he also had Authority and Dominion in the garden Satan was no threat to Adam Adam was a threat to Adam Adam was failure for Humanity see I want to tell you the devil the Satan he’s no threat to you unless you become a threat to yourself unless you step out of the will of God the favor of God the cover of God then you become a threat to you Satan was no threat to Jesus Jesus was a threat to Satan where Adam fall corruption failed for Humanity Jesus has came out of that Wilderness Jesus was the Redemption for Humanity you see both of them when Adam was in the garden and Jesus in the wilderness they were both in the presence of God and supernatural beings Adam exited Eden and entered the world in sin Jesus exited the Wilderness to redeem the world of sin just to confirm this I want to read from First Corinthians 15. and this is from the NLT it said the scripture tells us the first man Adam became a living person but the last Adam that is Christ is a Living life-giving spirit what comes first is the natural body and then the spirit body comes out later Adam was the first man it was made from the dust of the earth while Christ the second man came from Heaven Earthly people are like the Earthly man and Heavenly people are like The Heavenly Man just as we are now like Earthly man we will one someday become like The Heavenly Man Mark in that simple sentence as I Believe by saying that Jesus was amongst the wild beast connects Jesus to Adam the garden was the original prototype the garden is the original design the garden was meant to be Perfection we are coming back to the garden everything brings back to the garden so I want you to win your War so when reading this message and and I will share with you like like be a detective be an investigator when you’re reading God’s word don’t just read it to check off a block today’s daily devotional chick I got it done like read ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you something that I’ve never seen before like some of the saddest things I hear talking to people they’re like oh man I’ve read that a thousand times read it a thousand and one but ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you something you’ve never seen before and I want to share with you from Luke 4 13 it says now when the devil had ended every Temptation he departed from him until an opportune time now a lot of times I’ve read that I’m like oh I miss you good he left that old boy alone he left him alone but when you pray and you ask the Holy Spirit what I want you to see you see the scripture says the devil had ended every Temptation it does not say each Temptation it says every Temptation you see the devil did everything he had to tempt Jesus like he emptied all of his ammo he threw his knife and his stick and his cell phone that he didn’t have insurance for like the devil everything he had the kitchen sink he threw it Jesus and then he Departed what I want you to understand is that this is this is revelation into the enemy’s battle plan if you’re a sports fan and let’s say the Dallas Cowboys and and if the Cowboys knew the plays that the other team was going to run they would have a winning season if I knew it was a pass or a run or would it if I knew their plan I’m guaranteed Victory you know the devil’s plan you’re guaranteed Victory why because this scripture tells us and I want to emphasize because sometimes with each every ended departed in the Greek let’s look at the Greek in the Greek the word for Greek it means for ended means to be terminated to be terminated not set aside or unplug terminated done the word every in the Greek past it means all whole entire like I want you to get it like when it says every that’s everything he had he threw at Jesus and what are these three things that he throws at Jesus I want you to win your War his three weapons are provision power and protection this is what Satan used against Jesus this is what Satan uses against you provision Power Protection he wants you to believe that he is the only one that can provide for you he is the only one that if you do this we’re going to pay your bills if you do this you’re going to have you’re going to have power you’re going to have authority on this Earth if you do this for me if you just worship me you’re going to fall under my protection ain’t nobody going to mess with you ever again this is what Satan wants you to believe if I’m going to appeal to somebody’s natural senses and I promise you provision and power and protection you’re probably going to be like yeah sounds good to me who doesn’t want that Satan wants you to believe he’s the only one that can provide these things for you but you see Satan’s a liar he’s not just a liar he’s the father of Lies but this is what he’s using on Jesus this is what he’s using on you and listen it’s all he’s got now let me be let me make sure I’m clear he doesn’t have um the ability to give you provision or to give you power or to give you protection these are creative positive things he can’t create anything he can he can give a false illusion only God can provide for you only God gives you power only God gives you protection all satan can do is lie to you and I want to I want to illustrate this to you so this is the battle plan when it says Satan through everything he got this is all he’s got this is it let’s go back to Wiles of the devil one wait one road One path that’s all he’s got attack your mind so this is this is we’re going to look at Luke for this Mark was a little light in his two sentences and it’s the if it battle if I F it I T battle you see Satan uses sleight of tongue with God’s word the same way he did with Eve you want to you want to manipulate you want to slander you want to try to get something over on somebody keep it as close to the truth as you can and give it a little bit of manipulation same thing he did to Eve Satan’s deception I’m gonna tell you it’s unnoticeable without spiritual discernment if you don’t have the power of the Holy Spirit and you’re not praying for discernment and you’re not listening to the word of the Lord when you’re in these situations without spiritual discernment you’re going to fall for this stuff you see Jesus uses I mean Satan uses scripture but he adds that little doubt with the word if it’s just a little bitty word like how much damage can it do but Jesus counters with a definitive it so here’s the first weapon that that Satan uses one of the three provision and he says and the devil said to him if if you are the Son of God command this Stone to become bread but Jesus answered him saying it is written man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of God what Jesus was doing he was quoting scriptures quoting uh from Deuteronomy 8 3 says yes he humbled You by letting you go hungry then feeding you with Manna a food previously unknown to you and by your ancestors he did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone rather we live by the word that comes from the mouth of the Lord you know it’s when we when we fast and we’re like well I try to diet you know I start in the morning and by 10 15 I’ve already eaten a whole box of cereal and a pint of ice cream like I can’t diet but 30 days later in a fast there’s no hunger the intention is when you’re fasting you’re relying on the word of the Lord to be your to be your food to be your bread you see this is what the Lord says and you see if Jesus who came to do only his father’s will use the power of his father for his personal benefit to get himself a little bread then Jesus really isn’t doing the will of the father he’s doing it for his personal needs and I want to offer this as a challenge to you that that if you find yourself in a situation where you can do something to further the kingdom of the Lord if the holy spirit says do this and you’re like um well I could sell that I could keep that money and I could uh I could go on a vacation there’s nothing wrong with selling things and money and vacation but if the word of the Lord says why don’t you give this to somebody take that as an opportunity to do the father’s will take that as an opportunity to not turn a stone into bread for your personal benefit and then the second the second weapon that the devil has well that he thinks he has is power this is the second temptation of Christ then the devil taking him up on a high mountain showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time and the devil said to him all this Authority I give you and their glory for this has been delivered to me and I give it to whomever I wish therefore if you worship before me all will be yours and Jesus answered and said to him get behind me Satan for it is written you shall Worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve Jesus is quoting again Deuteronomy 6 13 you shall fear the lord your God and serve him and shall take oh sin his name what I want to share with you is when Satan says worship before me it might be like well I mean I mean like I don’t know like it’s a little it’s a little Satan that bad like if I return the text message from the from the girl at the gym or well you know my boss calls me his work wife maybe we’ll go to lunch I mean I like it’s so late at night nobody’s gonna know if I watch a little pornography like how bad can worship in a little Satan be but you see in the Greek the the phrase worship before me what it means is that he was telling Jesus to kiss his hand in reverence of him and then for Jesus to lay himself on the ground prostrate before Satan can you imagine Jesus the Christ laid on the ground like a dog before Satan what I’m telling you is when Satan tempts you was just a little bit of Satan what he’s doing is he wants you to humiliate yourself before him and before the witness of the Lord there is no such thing as just a little bit of Satan there’s no such thing as that so when he tells Jesus worship before me and Jesus counters it Jesus Satan wants your full humiliation before him you see Satan offered Jesus human Rule and Reign Over All the natural kingdoms like this is all yours and he says I can give it to whoever I wish you know what he wasn’t lying he wasn’t lying you see when Adam fell he had the keys dominion and Authority he surrendered that to who to Satan Satan ain’t lying he could have given it to him legal Authority over natural kingdoms you see if only Jesus would bow down and he would become Earthly King he could overthrow the Romans that’s what everybody wanted him to do anyway why not just do it and then people would love him because we know that how great you know all we love you until somebody else but Jesus you know what oh my gosh Jesus could have avoided crucifixion he wouldn’t have had to go through all that stuff if he had just done what Satan did he could have been king of the world you know what I want to tell you people do the same thing John 6 15 therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take him by force to make him King he departed again to the mountain by himself alone like these are people who are going to force Jesus into kingship why were they wanting to do that for their own personal gain what I want to tell you is that personal elevation by manipulation is not a Sign by God personal elevation by force is not a Sign by God do not allow others to guilt or force or encourage you into a new assignment until you’re ready and it’s affirmed by God what I want to tell you is get off that mountain if that Top’s not yours third piece and the final thing that Satan’s got to use against you is protection and he says then he brought in Jesus he brought into Jerusalem set him on the Pinnacle of the temple temple and said to him if you are the Son of God throw yourself down from here for it is written he shall give his angels charge over you to keep you and in their hands they shall bear you up lest you dash your foot against the stone and Jesus answered and said to him it has been said You shall not tempt the Lord your God you see Satan he’s quoting God to God quoting God to God God but I want to tell you if you’ve ever had your words used against you most of us have make sure the words you speak from the origin are always words that are righteous and have integrity you see Satan is trying to use God’s word against God but reverence for God is required to use God’s words and reverence anybody can vomit scripture a lot of times we’ll find people in our Lives who will use scripture just go to social media for one minute and you’ll see people twist in and turn in and manipulate in Scripture you check the fruit you check the heart and you check what they got to say and is it coming from reverence or out of manipulation so I want to I want to put these things up on the board this is this is Wilderness survival did Jesus survive that Temptation in the wilderness yes he did yes he did was he tempted yes he was how did he survive knowing the word of the Lord this is what I want to share with you you will find yourself in the wilderness some of us have already been there some of us are there some of us are going back you will find yourself in the wilderness you will be tempted by Satan why because your child to God because you chose to serve team Jesus you must resist the Wiles of the Devil by putting on the whole armor of God you can’t just grab a shield or a shoe or a belt or a sword you’ve got to put on the whole armor of God you must know God’s word to counter Satan’s use of God’s word Jesus was in it if it encounter if Jesus didn’t know the it then Satan would win with the if you’ve got to know the word of the Lord you will find yourself in dangerous places surrounded by natural and Supernatural enemies but I want to assure you you have God’s Authority and dominion over everything you will come out of these Hard Times only if you walk in God’s righteousness listen a lot of us go through the Wilderness you’re going to go through the Wilderness but not everybody comes out of the wilderness an entire nation perished in the wilderness your Wilderness is not to punish you but to prepare you for promotion I know it doesn’t feel like it I know you feel like God’s never been further away from you I know you feel like like you’re all alone and you just almost almost resistant and angry at God but it’s not to punish you is to prepare you and you know your trials and temptations are the weight of resistance used by God to increase your faith in power you know you want to get stronger you got to go to the gym you got to lift heavy things you want to be smarter you’ve got to go to classes this study difficult things you want to be wiser you’ve got to face challenges that that that really do that put you to the test this is what the Wilderness will do for you but and the one thing that the Lord put on my heart is that it all begins by the back back activation of the baptism of the Holy Spirit there’s no shortcuts there’s no shortcuts and I’ll tell you this is where Satan comes that’s the battle plan those are the only three weapons the only three pieces of ammunition that he has you now know this you know you know how to defeat this that’s all he’s got y’all he’s not going to come up with number four because that would require creating a number four option he cannot create anything he can only kill steal and destroy I want you to win your War against Satan I want you to win your battle winning that war winning that battle means knowing who your enemy is means knowing what his method of attack is he’s a slanderer he’s a slanderer he’s a slanderer and he’s going to penetrate and penetrate and penetrate until he breaks through and he’s in your mind and he begins controlling your thoughts and controlling your decisions but you’re impenetrable because you’ve got God you’ve got the armor of God and now you got his game plan if you start worrying about power and provision and protection understand you’ve got one source God the Father so I just

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