My Beloved Son. “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy. Mk 1:11” Your path to victory starts with acceptance. You are the Father’s beloved child. You bring joy to God. This is what SALVATION is all about. Moving from the Wrath of God to the Joy of God, not his tolerance. Jesus is our example, not the exception. Everything He did was to make a way for us. Does your salvation include this? Can you hear, feel, or sense God’s acceptance and joy of you?
A Journey With Holy Spirit. “The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness. Mk 1:12” The wilderness is an invitation into communion with Father. It is an audience and space for God. The Spirit of God longs for this. The wilderness as a son is very different than as an orphan. An orphan is someone who doesn’t believe God loves and has joy in them. You see, this wilderness isn’t to harm you, destroy, or even, primarily, to test you. This wilderness is Father time. It is less distraction and more focus upon the Father who adores you.
Time… With Father. “where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. Mk 1:13” Time with Father creates space for thought, self-reflection, self-awareness, and being. We can’t hear Father’s love and joy for us presently because there is no space for it. If we find ourselves in a wilderness as orphans rather than as children, we’ll think it’s all about us. We’ll think, “The world hates me. God hates me, too.” Children know they are loved. They know the wilderness is space for Father, not to assault them personally, but to prepare them for victory.
Trust. “He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him. Mk 1:13” The wilderness teaches us that we’ll be fine. In this wilderness and those to come, there will be battles. There will be losses, but I will win. I am focused on the victory that is coming. I am not going to maximize the suffering it will take to get there. The suffering isn’t about me. God isn’t mad or punishing me. It’s for victory. This Is my home field. This is my house because it’s my Father’s house!