Victory In The Wilderness

None of us enjoys being in the wilderness.   

It is a hard place to be, but it is not a place that we can escape.  

Jesus, the son of God, had to go through the wilderness after being baptized (Matthew 4:1-11). Meaning that we shall all go through such seasons, just like our savior.

Yes, we might try to dodge around, but we cannot avoid such seasons in our Christian lives.

Being in the wilderness is not meant to hurt you rather, it is meant to help you grow spiritually.

But the truth is not all of us leave the wilderness victoriously.  Some people stay there longer than they should have been just like the children of Israel while others just give up.  

But that should not be you.  No matter how difficult things get, know that with God on your side, you will win.

How does one experience victory in the wilderness?

Fight Using The Word of God

The best way to win any spiritual battle is to stand firm in the word of God.

The enemy will defeat you if you apply logic and use your emotions to fight him.  But when you stand firm in the word of God, he will be fighting a losing battle.  

Find out what the word of God says about what you're going through right now and then fight from the point of victory.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12

By Allowing The Holy Spirit To Take Charge

The word of God tells us that it is not by might nor by power but by God’s Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).  

Meaning that if you want to win spiritual battles, allow the Holy Spirit to take charge of your life.  This is more so when we are in the wilderness.

You cannot win the battles in your own strength,  you need help from the Spirit of God. Surrender to God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through you.  

Follow his counsel and allow him to teach you all things.

Be Patient

When the enemy is busy attacking you from every side, it is easy to become emotional and to lose your cool.  But you need to be patient through it all and know that God is faithful.

Yes, things will not make sense at some point but choose to focus on God and not what is happening.  

The children of Israel focused on the problems, not God.  Instead of glorifying God, they ended up looking back to where they had come from and wishing that they could go back to enslavement.  

This made them remain in the wilderness longer. (Psalm 78:10-18)

Don't be like them.  Focus on God,  glorify him even when it doesn't make sense, and he will lift you up and cause you to be victorious in the end.

All in all

The wilderness experience can leave you feeling discouraged and defeated.  

But with God on your side, you will come out victorious.  

Do not magnify what the enemy is throwing at you; instead, magnify God and believe in His faithfulness.

When you do that, you will become a victor and come out of the wilderness stronger than ever.

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