Can the Holy Spirit Lead You Into the Presence of Jesus?

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel narrative of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as it was written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke. More specifically, today’s passage is found in the first thirty verses of the fourth chapter of this New Testament book. “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 an hungred. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season” (Luke 4:1-13).

            “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 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 preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son? And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; but unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill where on their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way” (Luke 4:14-30).

            HE SHALL BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST! THE HOLY GHOST SHALL COME UPON THEE, AND THE POWER OF THE HIGHEST SHALL OVERSHADOW THEE! ELISABETH WAS FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST! AND HIS FATHER ZACHARIAS WAS FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST! AND IT WAS REVEALED UNTO HIM BY THE HOLY GHOST, THAT HE SHOULD NOT SEE DEATH, BEFORE HE HAD SEEN THE LORD’S CHRIST! AND HE CAME BY THE SPIRIT INTO THE TEMPLE! HE SHALL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE HOLY GHOST AND WITH FIRE! AND THE HOLY GHOST DESCENDED IN A BODILY SHAPE LIKE A DOVE UPON HIM! AND JESUS BEING FULL OF THE HOLY GHOST RETURNED FROM JORDAN! WAS LED BY THE SPIRIT INTO THE WILDERNESS! AND JESUS RETURNED IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT INTO GALILEE! THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HATH ANOINTED ME!

            When you come to the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke, one of the first things you will notice is the continued person, presence and activity of the Holy Ghost. You cannot read the gospel narrative written by the physician Luke without and apart recognizing and understanding the activity of the Holy Ghost, for from the time the angel Gabriel appeared unto Zacharias beside the altar in the Temple we find the Holy Ghost’s presence beginning to move during those days. In all reality, if you want to understand the days surrounding the births of John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ you must needs recognize and understand them as being days which were indeed and were in fact characterized by the activity of the Holy Spirit. You cannot read the words found in the gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke without and apart from coming face to face with the tremendous truth that the Holy Ghost would begin to move—and not only move, but be very much active and present during those days. From the time the angel Gabriel appeared unto Zacharias in the Temple beside the altar of incense we find the person and presence of the Holy Ghost being intimately involved in the lives of both John the Baptist,  as well as Jesus the Christ. What’s more, is that I would even dare that you cannot have a conversation about John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ without also at the same time having a conversation concerning the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost would be intimately involved with the conception of both John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ, as the Holy Ghost would fill John the Baptist from the womb of Elisabeth, and the Holy Ghost would come upon Mary, thus allowing her to conceive the life of the Son of the Highest within her womb. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this tremendous and incredible reality, for it calls and draws our attention to the awesome and powerful truth surrounding the activity of the Holy Ghost. It is truly and absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand the person, the presence and the activity of the Holy Ghost when reading the gospel narrative written by Luke, for I am absolutely convinced we cannot read the gospel account written by Luke without and apart from it.

            If there is one thing we must needs realize and understand when reading the words which are found within the gospel narrative written by the physician Luke it is how the Holy Ghost must be understood as more than simply a power and more than simply a force. As you read the words found and contained within this gospel narrative you will truly encounter the awesome and wonderful truth that the Holy Ghost is more than simply an inanimate object, force and presence, and is actually a person who interacts with men within and upon the earth. Upon reading the words which are found in the New Testament gospel narrative written by the physician Luke you will find the Holy Ghost being mentioned for the very first time as a presence and person which would fill John the Baptist—and not only fill John the Baptist, but fill him from the womb of his mother. It is absolutely necessary and important for us to realize and understand this, for this would be one of the first times when we learn and discover the Holy Spirit as actually entering into and filling someone for the purposes, plans and pleasures of the living God. In the Old Testament we see the Holy Spirit coming upon individuals such as those who were chosen to construct the Tabernacle, such as Samson, such as David, and even such as Saul. Throughout the Old Testament there are specific examples of the Holy Spirit coming upon certain individuals to accomplish something very specific within the earth, and yet when you come to the gospel narrative which was written by the beloved physician Luke you will find a powerful declaration concerning the Holy Ghost and His filling and indwelling certain individuals.

            From John the Baptist within the womb of his mother Elisabeth, to Elisabeth herself, to Zacharias, and even to Jesus Himself we find the Holy Ghost as filling these individuals during those days. As you read the words, the language and the text that is found within the opening chapters of this New Testament gospel you will encounter and come face to face with the fact that the Holy Ghost was very much active and very much present during those days—and not only active and present, but also filling and indwelling men. It would be the Holy Ghost who would fill John the Baptist while he was still within the womb of his mother, and it would be the Holy Ghost who would fill both of his parents. Pause for a moment and think about how absolutely incredible it is to see this entire family be filled with the Holy Ghost—and not only be filled with the Holy Ghost, but also proclaim the glorious and wondrous works and deeds of the living God. The Holy Ghost would fill both Zacharias and Elisabeth that they might speak and prophesy during those days and at that time, and the Holy Ghost would fill John the Baptist while he was still within the womb of his mother. One of the things I have often found myself wondering and thinking about is whether or not John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Ghost at the same time Elisabeth his mother was filled with the Holy Ghost. We know that when Mary entered into the house of Elisabeth and saluted her the babe within her womb leapt for joy upon hearing the voice of the mother of the Lord. What’s more, is that not only would the babe leap inside of her womb, but Elisabeth herself would also be entirely and altogether filled with the Holy Ghost. It is truly something incredible to read the words found within this portion of Scripture and to consider the fact that this was most likely the first reference in the entire New Testament of the Holy Ghost filling and indwelling individuals. What’s more, is we might very well say and declare that what we find with Elisabeth and John the Baptist was the first recorded instance of what we might refer to as the indwelling, the filling, and even the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

            Within the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by the beloved physician Luke we find and discover four distinct individuals whom the Holy Ghost would fill, with one of those four individuals—namely, Jesus the Christ—actually being described as being full of the Holy Ghost. There is something truly remarkable and astonishing when we read the words found in this portion of Scripture, for there are three distinct accounts and examples of the Holy Ghost filling men, while there is one account of someone actually being full of the Holy Ghost. This theme of being “full of the Holy Ghost” would be one which we will later find in the second New Testament book the beloved physician wrote—namely, the book of Acts—for it will be in that book the physician Luke writes and speaks of men being filled with and full of the Holy Ghost. It is actually something truly captivating and truly astonishing when you read the words found in the opening chapters of the New Testament gospel narrative written by Luke, for the words which you find in these chapters present a powerful picture of the person and activity of the Holy Ghost—and not only the activity of the Holy Ghost, but also how the Holy Ghost filled and indwelt certain individuals. What we find within these opening chapters is a wonderful picture of an entire family being filled with the Holy Ghost as Elisabeth would be the first to be filled with the Holy Ghost, and her husband Zacharias would later be filled with the Holy Ghost. With this being said, there is not a doubt in my mind that when we read of Elisabeth being filled with the Holy Ghost, I feel inclined and compelled to write and present to you that it was most likely at this moment when Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost that the child within her womb was also filled with the Holy Ghost.

            Scripture is not entirely clear concerning the journey Mary took from Nazareth to the hill country of Judaea and whether or not the Son of the Highest was presently growing within her womb, however, I would dare say and present unto you that I believe and would most likely contend that the life of the Son of the highest was present within the womb of Mary at that time. There is nowhere in Scripture when we read of the exact moment when the Holy Ghost came upon Mary and thus allowed her to conceive the life of the Son of the Highest within her womb, however, I would most likely state and declare that the first activity of the Holy Ghost during those days was the activity of the Holy Ghost coming upon Mary and the power of the Highest overshadowing her, thus causing her to conceive the life of the Son of the Highest within her womb. I am strongly inclined to think and believe that the very first act of the Holy Ghost during those days would indeed have been the Holy Ghost coming upon Mary, and together with the power of the Highest causing her to conceive the life of the Son of the Highest within her womb. There is not a doubt in my mind that this would and could most likely make the most sense, for we know that John the Baptist would declare and proclaim concerning the Messiah and the Christ that He would not only baptize with the Holy Ghost, but would also baptize with fire. We know from the powerful preaching and declaration of John the Baptist that he himself merely baptized in water, and the Messiah and Christ would baptize in both the Holy Ghost and with fire. With this being said, I am inclined to think and even believe that the Holy Ghost would first come upon Mary, thus allowing her to conceive the life of the Son of the Highest within her womb. It would be after that life would begin growing within her womb that Mary would make her journey unto the hill country of Judaea and unto the house of Zacharias and Elisabeth. We can’t say for certain how far along Mary would have been at this moment in time, however, I would dare say that it was more than simply the voice, the salutation and the greeting of Mary the mother of the Son of the Highest that caused Elisabeth to be filled with the Holy Ghost. I would dare say that in the hill country of Judaea both Elisabeth and the child growing within her womb were filled at the same time as they would both encounter and come in contact with Jesus the Christ in the womb of Mary.

            As I sit here today thinking about and considering the words and language that is found within this portion of Scripture I am brought face to face with the awesome and incredible truth that it would be when Mary the mother of Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Highest had conceived and carried that life within her womb unto the hill country of Judaea and unto the house of Zacharias and Elisabeth that both mother and son would indeed be filled with the Holy Ghost. I would dare say and suggest that not only upon hearing the salutation and greeting of Mary the mother of the Lord, but also coming in contact with the very person and presence of the Son of the Highest growing within the womb of Mary would produce and bring about the Holy Ghost filling both mother and child which was growing within her womb. Pause for a moment and think about how absolutely remarkable this truly is, for the Holy Ghost would come upon Mary, and together with the power of the Highest overshadowing her would allow her to conceive the life of the Son of the Highest. When and as Mary brought that life of the Son of the Highest with her unto the hill country of Judaea both Elisabeth and the child within her womb would be filled with the Holy Ghost as we would essentially have the first baptism of the Holy Spirit within Scripture. Although we might not entirely be able to say that what took place there in the hill country of Judaea was indeed the baptism of the Holy Ghost, I would dare say that what we find here is a powerful testimony concerning both mother and child being filled with the Holy Ghost. There is something truly awesome and something truly wondrous when you think about and consider the fact that on this particular day Elisabeth herself would be filled with the Holy Ghost, and the child growing inside of her womb would also be filled with the Holy Ghost.

            The more you read the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by Luke the more you will encounter and come face to face with the fact that the child which grew inside and within the womb of Mary would indeed help facilitate the Holy Ghost filling Elisabeth and John the Baptist who would be growing inside of her. What’s more, is that I would dare say that even when John the Baptist was still an infant within the womb of his mother Elisabeth he would still recognize and bear witness of the presence and person of Jesus the Christ, for he would leap within the womb of his mother. Just as John the Baptist would bear witness to Jesus the Christ when he spoke unto the crowds and the masses, and would even proclaim that Jesus was the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world, so also would this witness begin within the womb. In fact, I would dare say that the witness of John the Baptist which he would bare concerning Jesus the Christ would indeed and would in fact be directly linked and connected to the person, the presence and the activity of the Holy Ghost. I would dare say that there was a strong and powerful link and connection between the presence of Jesus the Christ within the womb of Mary when she came in unto Elisabeth being with child, and it would be in that moment that the Holy Ghost would fill Elisabeth. There is not a doubt in my mind that when the babe leapt for joy within the womb of Elisabeth—not only was it in and of itself a bearing witness unto the Son of the Highest, but it was also the manifestation of being filled with the Holy Ghost. Stop and think about the fact that when Elisabeth heard the voice of Mary, and when both mother and child came in contact with the life of the Son of the Highest growing within her womb the child would be filled with the Holy Ghost and would indeed bare witness to the person and presence of Jesus the Christ within the womb of Mary. How absolutely wonderful and incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that there in the hill country of Judaea Elisabeth would be filled with the Holy Ghost and would herself make a powerful proclamation and declaration concerning Mary and the child which was growing within her womb. Although John the Baptist would still be within the womb of his mother at that time, he would indeed bare witness to the person and presence of Jesus the Christ whom he would encounter and experience for the very first time when they were both in the wombs of their mother.

            As you continue reading the words which are found within the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by Luke you will find the person, the presence and the activity of the Holy Ghost being manifested in the life of Zacharias, as after the child had been born, and after he had declared and proclaimed the child’s name would be John, his tongue would be loosed, and he would immediately be filled with the Holy Ghost. It is truly something incredible and worth thinking about and considering when reading the words found in the New Testament gospel narrative written by Luke that Zacharias, Elisabeth and John the Baptist would all be filled with the Holy Ghost, and John the Baptist would be filled from the womb of his mother. There is a great need to recognize and pay close attention to this reality, for even before we come to the New Testament book of Acts—that book which was also written by Luke—we find the activity and the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is absolutely captivating when you take the time to think about and consider the words and language that is found within the opening chapters of the gospel written by Luke, for within this chapter we find one of the main roles, purposes and functions of the Holy Ghost within the life of men and women—namely, filling and indwelling them. The Holy Ghost would fill and indwell Zacharias and Elisabeth that they might wonderfully and powerfully proclaim great and glorious things concerning the LORD of hosts, and that which He was doing in the earth during those days. Zacharias and his wife Elisabeth would indeed and would in fact be filled with the Holy Ghost, and it would that filling of the Holy Ghost that would enable them to proclaim the great and wonderful things the living and eternal God was indeed and was in fact doing during those days and at that time.

            If you continue to move forward within the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by the beloved physician Luke you will indeed find the Holy Ghost filling Zacharias at the naming of the child which was brought forth, you will find Elisabeth being filled with the Holy Ghost upon the arrival and greeting of Mary the mother of her Lord, and I would also argue and contend that it would be at that same time you would also find John the Baptist being filled within the womb of Elisabeth upon her hearing the greeting and voice of Mary. With all of this being said we must needs recognize and understand the activity of the Holy Ghost was indeed and was in fact proclaimed by the angel Gabriel, for the angel Gabriel would not only declare unto Mary that the Holy Ghost would come upon her, but he would also declare unto Zacharias that the child which would be conceived within the womb of his wife Elisabeth would be filled with the Holy Ghost from the womb. What we must needs understand and recognize is the intrinsic importance and link between the person and presence of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost, and a separation, a setting apart and a being sanctified for the purposes of the living God. It would be when Manoah’s wife would have the encounter with the angel of the Lord that she would be told and instructed concerning herself that she should not eat any unclean thing, nor partake of anything that grows from the vine from that day forward. Moreover, she was told that no razor should come upon the head of her child all the days of his life, for he would indeed be sanctified, set apart and separated unto the living God for His glory and his purposes. The same type of separation would also be present and manifested when the angel Gabriel would proclaim unto Zacharias there in the Temple concerning Elisabeth conceiving a child, for not only would Gabriel declare the child shall drink no strong drink nor wine, but also that he would be filled with the Holy Ghost. Essentially Samson, John the Baptist, and even Jesus Himself would all be consecrated, set apart and separated from their birth, and they would all experience the activity of the Holy Ghost within their lives. It would be Samson who would experience the Holy Spirit coming upon him during the days of the Philistines; it would be John the Baptist who would be filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb; and it would be Jesus who would experience the Holy Ghost descending upon Him in the bodily form as a dove at His baptism, and would fill Him without measure.

            I have to admit that I absolutely love reading the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by the beloved physician Luke, for the words which we find within this gospel paint an incredibly powerful picture concerning the activity of the Holy Ghost, and how the Holy Ghost was indeed a person who would fill certain individuals during those days and times. When we think and speak about the days of Jesus the Christ and John the Baptist we must needs recognize and acknowledge that they were just as much days of the Holy Ghost as were the days from the day of Pentecost onward. In fact, I would argue and contend that you cannot truly understand the lives and ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ without and apart from understanding and recognizing that those days were truly days marked by the Holy Ghost, and days in which the person and presence of the Holy Ghost were indeed present among men. Those days leading up to the births of John the Baptist and Jesus would be days marked with the activity of the person of the Holy Ghost, as the Holy Ghost would first begin moving in the earth by coming upon Mary, and by filling Elisabeth and John the Baptist at the same time. In addition to this we find the Holy Ghost also filling Zacharias the father of John the Baptist after he had confirmed the name of their child was indeed going to be John and not the same name as his. With this being said we must acknowledge and understand that the activity of the Holy Ghost would also be present during those days—particularly and especially within the life of Simeon.

            The further you delve into the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by Luke the more you will find the activity of the person of the Holy Ghost, as not only would the Holy Ghost reveal unto Simeon that he would not die until he saw the Lord’s Christ, but it was also the Holy Spirit who would lead Simeon unto the Temple on the same day and at the very same time Mary and Joseph would bring the Son of the Highest. Pause for a moment and think about the tremendous thought it is for the Holy Spirit to not only reveal unto Simeon that he would not die until he saw the Lord’s Christ, but also how the Holy Spirit would lead Simeon up to the Temple at the very time that word would be fulfilled. It would be the Holy Spirit who would only speak to Simeon about the Lord’s Christ and about the Messiah, but it would also be the Holy Spirit who would lead Simeon to the very place where he would experience and see the Messiah himself. It would be the Holy Spirit who would actually lead Simeon unto the Temple, for it would be at the Temple on that particular day the Lord’s Christ and the Messiah would be brought unto the Temple to be dedicated unto the LORD. On the very same day Mary and Joseph would bring the child Jesus unto the Temple to dedicate Him as holy unto the LORD the Holy Spirit would lead Simeon to the house of the LORD. How absolutely astonishing and wonderful it is to think about how the Holy Spirit would be active in the life of Simeon—not only to reveal unto him that he would not die until he saw the Lord’s Christ, but the Holy Spirit would also lead Simeon unto the Temple that he might actually see, behold, and even lift up the Lord’s Christ in his arms. Stop and consider the tremendous truth surrounding this particular moment, for not only would the Spirit lead Simeon unto the exact place where the Lord’s Christ would be, but the Spirit would bring him into and unto that place that he might actually take up the child in his arms and bless Him in the sight of the living God. How absolutely and incredibly awesome and powerful it is to think about and consider this truth and reality, for it calls and draws our attention to the activity of the Spirit not only leading Simeon to Christ, but also allowing him to actually behold and hold Christ.

            BEHOLDING AND HOLDING CHRIST! BEHOLDING AND HANDLING THE CHRIST! In all reality, I am absolutely and completely convinced there is something truly profound and powerful when we read the words and language that is found within this passage of Scripture, for the words presented before and unto us not only reveal the activity and presence of the Spirit within our lives to bring us to the place where we are able to behold the Christ, but the Spirit also moves within our lives as He brings us to the place where we can actually handle Jesus the Christ. Oh although we won’t be able to take Jesus up in our arms in the physical and natural sense as Simeon did when he was at the Temple, the Holy Spirit will allow us to be in the place where we can not only behold and gaze upon the beauty of the person of Christ, but actually handle the person, the character, the nature, and the life of Christ within our hearts and lives. We must needs recognize and understand how absolutely wonderful and powerful this is, for it draws and calls our attention to the activity of the Spirit that is so desperately needed within our lives as we must needs be those whom the Spirit not only leads to the person of Christ that we might behold Him, but also that we might be brought into the place where we gaze upon the beauty, the majesty, the wonder, and the splendor of Jesus. Permit me to ask you when the last time was the Spirit of the living God led and brought you into the place where you were able to behold and gaze upon the beauty and wonder found in the person of Jesus the Christ. When was the last time you were led by the Spirit into the house of the Lord where you were able to look upon, gaze, and behold the person of Jesus Christ, and truly see Him within your heart and your spirit? When was the last you were led and taken by the Holy Spirit to the place where you would not only see the person of Jesus the Christ, but might actually behold Him with your heart and with your spirit? Oh it is true we might never actually see the physical person of Jesus the Christ—at least not until we are caught up together with the dead in Christ to meet Him in the air—however, we can indeed and can in fact be led and brought to the place where the Spirit takes us into the place where we can truly and honestly behold the person of Jesus Christ within our hearts and spirits.

            Before I get into the activity of the Holy Spirit within the life of Jesus as it was outlined and portrayed within the gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke I find it absolutely necessary to draw and call your attention to the awesome and incredible truth that there is a great need within our hearts and our spirits to be led by the Holy Ghost into the place where we are actually able to behold the person and beauty of the Lord Jesus who is the Christ and the Son of the living God. Imagine what it was like for Simeon to take up the child Jesus in his arms and not only behold the Lord’s Christ, but also to hold within his arms the very image of the invisible God. Stop and consider what it was like for Simeon to be led by the Holy Spirit unto the Temple, and it would be in the Temple where Simeon would not only behold the Lord’s Christ, but would also hold in his arms the very image and representation of the living and eternal God. It would be on this particular day that Simeon would not only look upon and behold the Lord’s Christ, but would also hold in his arms the very image and manifestation of the living and eternal God. I am absolutely and completely convinced that we have a great and present need within our hearts and our lives to be led by the Spirit of the living God into the place where we can not only look upon and behold the person of Jesus the Christ, but we can also touch and handle the very image and character of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a truly powerful need within our hearts and our spirits to be those men and women who are brought into the house of the Lord and into the presence of the Lord where we are able to look upon and behold the beauty of the nature, the image, the character and the loveliness that is found within the person of Jesus Christ. Oh if you are one who hasn’t been led by the Spirit into such a place recently within your life then I would strongly urge and implore you to get alone with the Spirit and ask Him to bring you into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ that you might behold the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ

            I sit here today thinking about and considering the words which are found in this portion of Scripture and I am absolutely and completely convinced that there is a great need within many of our hearts and lives to be those who are led by the Holy Spirit into the presence of Jesus where we might behold the person and nature of the Lord Jesus who is the image of the invisible God. I absolutely love how it was the Spirit who led and brought Simeon up unto the Temple at the exact time and on the very day Mary and Joseph would bring Jesus unto the Temple, for the Spirit would not only bring Simeon into the presence of the eternal God through the person of Jesus Christ, but the Spirit would also give Simeon a glimpse of the Lord’s Christ. Although Simeon would see the Lord’s Christ as an infant and male child he would nonetheless be able to not only look upon and behold the Lord’s Christ, but he would also be able to take Him up in his arms. Oh I am sitting here right now and I can’t help but think about and consider how incredibly necessary this is within my own heart and life. I am absolutely and completely convinced there is a great and present need within my own heart and life to be brought into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, as the Holy Spirit leads me into His presence. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am in great need of the Holy Spirit to bring and usher me into the presence of the person of Jesus Christ that I might look upon and behold Him. There is not a doubt in my mind that I have a great need to look upon and behold the beauty that is found in the person of Jesus Christ, and that I need to see, look upon, behold, touch and handle the Lord Jesus Christ within my heart and life.

            The more I read and consider the activity of the Holy Spirit as it is found within the New Testament gospel narrative which was written by Luke the more I am brought face to face with the awesome and powerful truth that the Holy Spirit was that One who would lead Simeon into the presence of the Lord’s Christ—into the presence of Jesus, and thus into the presence of God—that He might not only be in His presence, and might not only behold Him, but might also hold and take Him up in his arms. Oh that there would be a generation of men and women who would be led by the Spirit unto the house of the Lord where they might indeed and might in fact encounter, experienced and behold the beauty of the image of the invisible Jesus Christ. Oh that there would be a generation of men and women who would be led into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ that they might actually be able to stand in His presence and behold Him. Oh even as I am writing these words I feel compelled to ask you when the last time was the Holy Spirit led you into the presence of Jesus Christ and allowed you to stand in His presence. When was the last time the Holy Spirit led you into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and thus allowed you to behold and look upon Him? When was the last time the Holy Spirit led you into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ that you might be able to behold the beauty and the splendor that is found in Him? How we answer these questions have the ability to dramatically alter and transform our lives—and not only in this present moment, but also in the future as well. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt there are men and women who need to be led by the Holy Spirit into the presence of Jesus that they might not only look upon and behold Him, but might also touch and handle Him. I believe there are men and women among us within our houses of worship who need to be led by the Holy Spirit into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ that they might truly experience and encounter Him within our hearts and our spirits. There is a great and powerful need within our hearts and our spirits to be a people whom the Holy Spirit can indeed and can in fact lead into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know there are men and women who haven’t been led by the Holy Spirit into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ for quite some time, and are in desperate need for the Holy Spirit to take and bring them into the presence of Jesus that they might once more experience the wonderful and powerful person and presence of Jesus the Christ.

            I sit here today thinking about and considering the truly powerful and wonderful truth surrounding the activity of the Holy Spirit within our hearts and lives, and how there is a great need for the Holy Spirit to take us and lead us into the presence of Jesus. There are men and women who are in desperate need of this activity of the Holy Spirit within their lives, and need to get alone with the Holy Spirit and ask Him to lead them into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. We must needs be a people whom the Holy Spirit not only leads into the presence of Jesus once, but also who the Holy Spirit can lead into the presence of Jesus continually. There is a very real need within our hearts and lives to be those whom the Holy Spirit is able to lead into the presence of Jesus Christ over and over on a continual and regular basis. We have a great need to be men and women whom the Holy Spirit takes and leads—perhaps even by the hand—and leads us into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ as we encounter and experience the presence of Jesus. There is a great need within our hearts and lives as the people of God to ask the Spirit to take and lead us up into the house of the Lord that He might bring us into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ where we can truly see and experience Him in all His beauty. While it is indeed true that we see through a glass darkly right now, and while it is true that there might even be some type of veil before us that prevents from fully seeing and beholding the beauty of Jesus until that time when we are able to see Him face to face, we must needs realize and understand that we have been called to be a people who can continually and regularly be brought, taken and led into the presence of Jesus that we might behold and look upon Him with our hearts and our spirits.

            Oh as much as I would like to transition to the place right now where I speak about the activity of the Holy Spirit within the life of Jesus Christ I feel it necessary to continue to write and speak to you about the activity of the Holy Spirit within the life of Simeon. It is truly something astonishing, captivating and remarkable when you consider the activity of the Holy Spirit within the life of Simeon and how Simeon would be led by the person of the Holy Spirit unto the Temple of the Lord where he would both behold and hold the person of Jesus the Christ. Oh I can’t help but wonder if Simeon truly realized and understood who it was he was looking upon and who it was he was holding within his arms. Did Simeon truly understand that this was so much more than the Lord’s Christ, but would be the Lamb of God who would take way the sins of the world. Did Simeon know and was he aware of the truth surrounding this child within his arms and how this child would be the image of the invisible God? We know that Simeon was aware that this child was the Lord’s Christ, however, we aren’t at all aware of whether or not Simeon was aware that the child he was holding within his arms was indeed the image of the invisible God. How absolutely remarkable and beautiful it is to read this passage and this narrative and encounter the activity of the Holy Spirit and how the Holy Spirit would lead, take and bring one up unto the Temple that there at the Temple he might behold the person of the Lord’s Christ. The Holy Spirit would take and lead Simeon up to the Temple on this particular day and at this particular time, for it would be at this time he would behold, look upon, gaze upon and truly encounter the person and presence of Jesus. OH I can’t help but think about and consider how absolutely incredible and beautiful this is when you take the time to focus on what the person of the Holy Spirit did for Simeon—and not only what the Holy Spirit did for Simeon, but also what the Holy Spirit desires to do within our hearts and our lives.

            Oh dear brother, oh dear sister—as you read these words I am absolutely and completely convinced that we have a great and present need within our hearts and our lives to be those who are led by the Holy Spirit into the presence of Jesus the Christ. If you are one who hasn’t been led by the Holy Spirit into the presence of Jesus the Christ in quite some time, there is not a doubt in my mind that you need to petition and entreat the living and eternal God that by and through the person of His Spirit you would be led and brought into the presence of Jesus the Christ. I am absolutely and completely convinced that what is so desperately needed within our hearts and lives right now is to be a people who not only see and behold the person of Jesus the Christ, but also be captivated with and by His beauty. It is one thing to look upon, to gaze upon, and to behold the person of Jesus Christ and to be in His presence, however, it is something else entirely and altogether different to behold Him and be caught up and captured in His beauty. One of the greatest needs we have within our hearts and spirits is to be a people who not only look upon and behold the person of Jesus the Christ, but those who behold His beauty and who get caught up in His beauty and who get caught up in who He truly is as the image of the invisible God. It is truly something worth thinking about and considering when reading the words found in the New Testament gospel written by Luke how the person of the Holy Spirit would take one man into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, and would allow that one to behold the Lord’s Christ. There is truly something astonishing and wonderful when you think about and consider the words which are found in this particular portion of Scripture, for they bring us face to face with the awesome and powerful truth surrounding the activity of the Holy Spirit and what is so desperately and vitally needed within our hearts and lives.

            Permit me dear brother, permit me dear sister to encourage and admonish you to get alone with the Holy Spirit of the living God and ask for the awesome and wonderful ability to be brought into the presence of Jesus the Christ. Permit me to encourage you to entreat and petition the Holy Spirit to take you by the hand, and just as the Holy Spirit would take Ezekiel unto Jerusalem and into the Temple to behold all the wickedness and evil that was committed by the people of Judah and Jerusalem, so also would He take us and lead us into the Temple that we might behold the beauty of the person of Jesus the Christ. Oh what an incredible contrast it would be when we think about the activity of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament prophetic book of Ezekiel, and how the Holy Spirit would not only bring Ezekiel unto the Temple where he might see the tremendous wickedness that was committed there in the courts of the Temple and in the house of the Lord, but also how the Spirit would take and bring Ezekiel into the midst of a valley that was filled with dry bones. We know that Ezekiel would indeed and would in fact see and behold the glory of the Lord by the river Chebar when the heavens were opened and he was caught up in visions of God, and we know that Ezekiel would see the glory and presence of the living God upon the Temple of the LORD and even departing from the Temple. We know that Ezekiel would be brought into the place where He would see a new Temple which the LORD would establish in the midst of the earth. The prophetic book of Ezekiel is replete with examples and accounts of the activity of the person of the Spirit and how the Spirit would take Ezekiel and lead him into places he wouldn’t otherwise have gone himself. The truth of the matter is that it would be that same Spirit who would take and lead Simeon unto the Temple of the LORD at a specific time on a specific day, for it would be at that time Simeon would be able to look upon the Lord’s Christ. The Spirit would be intimately involved within the life of Simeon, for the Spirit would not only reveal that Simeon would not taste death until he saw the Lord’s Christ, but the Spirit would also lead him unto the Temple that he might look upon and actually behold the Lord’s Christ.

            Oh before I transition to the activity of the Holy Spirit within the life of Jesus I find it incredibly necessary one more time to emphatically declare unto you who are reading these words that we have a great need as the people of God to continually and regularly be led by the Holy Spirit into the presence of Jesus. Oh during the days when Simeon was alive he needed to be led by the Holy Spirit unto a specific place at a specific time, for it was in that moment and in that place he would see and behold the person of Jesus the Christ. We who are alive during this generation, as well as all those who have been alive and have walked with God since the day of Pentecost have had a unique advantage that wasn’t afforded unto someone like Simeon, for we can be brought into the presence of Jesus at any time, at any place, and at any moment. We don’t need to be led by the Spirit into a specific place for only in that place can we see and behold the person of Jesus the Christ. We don’t need to be led by the Spirit into a specific place at a specific time, for only at that time can and will we be able to see and behold the person of Jesus the Christ. I feel absolutely compelled to declare unto you who are reading these words that we have a great and powerful need within our hearts and lives to be those who are led by the Spirit into the presence of Jesus, and we must realize and recognize that we don’t need to be led to a specific geographical place, nor do we need to be led at a specific time. There is something truly awesome and powerful when we think about and consider the fact that while it was indeed true for Simeon that the Spirit needed to lead him on a specific day, at a specific time and unto a specific place for him to see the Lord’s Christ, we as the people of the New Covenant do not have the same need. That which Simeon faced within his generation is not the same thing we face within our generation, for the Spirit can lead us into the presence of Christ at any time, at any place, and without our needing to go to a specific geographical location.

            How absolutely beautiful, how absolutely wonderful, and how absolutely captivating it is to behold the activity of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament book of Acts, and how the Holy Spirit would lead Simeon unto the Temple of the LORD on this particular day and at this particular moment of the day that he might see, gaze and behold the Lord’s Christ. The Holy Spirit would be intimately involved in the life of Simeon as He would not only reveal unto him that he would not taste death until he saw the Lord’s Christ, but would also lead him unto the Temple of the LORD that he might see and behold the Lord’s Christ. It is absolutely remarkable to read the narrative and account of Simeon, for what we see and what we find concerning his life is a powerful witness, testimony and example of what is so desperately needed within our hearts and lives. I am absolutely and completely convinced that just as the Spirit led Simeon unto the Temple on a specific day and at a specific time that he might see, gaze upon and behold the Lord’s Christ, so also does the Spirit need to lead us into the presence of Jesus Christ—not in a specific place at a specific time or on a specific day, but at any time within our hearts and lives. We are incredibly blessed to be a people whom the Spirit can lead into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ at any time, and that once we are brought into the presence of Jesus we can truly behold Him. It is my prayer that there are men and women whom the Holy Spirit can indeed and can in fact lead into the presence of Jesus in their secret closets of prayer, in their dreams, in visions, in their quiet times of devotion, and even perhaps as they are going about their daily lives that they might be able to behold the powerful and wonderful presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. The question I feel compelled and drawn to ask you is if you are willing to be one of those whom the Spirit can indeed lead into the very presence of Jesus that you might behold Him in His beauty, in His glory and in His splendor. Just as the apostle John was in the Spirit on the LORD’s day and heard a voice to “Come up here,” and just as the apostle John was permitted to see a vision of the risen, exalted and ascended Christ on the isle of Patmos, so also must we be those whom the Spirit can truly usher, lead and bring into the presence of Jesus that we might behold Him in His beauty, in His splendor, and in His glory.

            With all of this being said it is also necessary to read and consider the activity of the Holy Ghost within the life of Jesus of Nazareth—activity that would really begin when the Holy Ghost would come upon Mary thus allowing her to conceive the life of Jesus within her womb. The person, presence and activity of the Holy Spirit wouldn’t be manifested again in the life of Jesus until the day He was baptized in the Jordan River. If you read the New Testament gospel narrative written by Luke you will find that the Holy Ghost would come upon Mary and together with the power of the Highest overshadowing her would cause her to conceive the life of the Son of the Highest. You won’t read of the activity and presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus again until the day of His baptism at the Jordan River when the heavens would open unto Him, the Spirit would descend in bodily form as a dove upon Him, and the voice of the Father would speak from heaven declaring that this was His beloved Son in whom He was well pleased. It is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand this, for in the previous two chapters we see the Spirit descending upon Jesus and resting upon Him. What we see when we come to the fourth chapter is not merely the Spirit descending upon Jesus, but the Spirit actually filling and being present within Him. As you read the first and opening verse of the fourth chapter you will find Luke writing and recording how “Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan.” Please don’t miss and lose sight of this tremendous reality, for as we have already seen and witnessed Zacharias, Elisabeth and John the Baptist being filled with the Spirit, we now read of Jesus Himself being full of the Holy Ghost. Pause for a moment and think about how absolutely incredible it is to not only experience the descent of the person of the Holy Spirit upon you, but also the Holy Spirit actually indwelling and filling you.

            If there is one thing we must needs recognize and realize when we consider the life and ministry of Jesus it’s that although the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form as a dove at the Jordan River, and although Jesus would be filled with the Holy Spirit, it would be the Holy Spirit that would lead Him into the wilderness. Pause for a moment and think about the tremendous truth surrounding that statement, for more often than not we have a very warped, jaded and skewed perception of being filled with the Holy Spirit. More often than not we think about being filled with the Holy Spirit in terms of signs, wonders and miracles, and yet we don’t think or even consider for a moment that being filled with the Holy Spirit can in fact lead us into the wilderness. Pause for a moment and think about the words and language that is found within this portion of Scripture, for the words and language we find here suggests that not only was Jesus full of the Holy Ghost, but it would be the same Holy Ghost who filled Him that would also lead Him into the wilderness. What’s more, is that we must needs recognize and understand that just as Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost after departing from the Jordan River, so also would He be full of the Holy Ghost as He entered into the wilderness and would be tempted of the devil. Even more than this, I would dare say that it was absolutely necessary for Jesus to be full of the Holy Spirit when and as He entered into the wilderness, for it would be the person and presence of the Holy Spirit that would help Him in His flesh to resist and overcome the temptations which would be hurled against Him by the devil. Oh we have a great need to recognize and understand that being full of the Holy Ghost does not always mean we walk along the shore of Galilee, or experience the waters of the Jordan, or even experience synagogues and the Temple. There are times when being full of the Holy Ghost can in fact and does in fact require us to be driven and sent into the wilderness. There are times within our lives when being full of the Holy Ghost means that we are driven and led into the wilderness, and there in the wilderness we experience temptations which are common unto men. It is with this in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the New Testament concerning Jesus’ temptation, as well as its intrinsic link and connection to our own temptations which we face in the wildernesses of our lives:

            “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed, lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:11-13).

            “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).

            “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).

            “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:12-14).

            Perhaps one of the greatest truths we must needs recognize and understand is that although Jesus was indeed full of the Holy Ghost when He returned from the Jordan, that same Spirit would then lead Him into the wilderness where He would be tempted of the devil during a forty day period of time. What makes this all the more intriguing is when you think about and consider the fact that although the heavens were opened before and unto Jesus, although the Spirit descended in bodily form as a dove upon Jesus as He came up out of the waters of the Jordan, and although the voice of the Father would speak from heaven declaring that this was His beloved Son in whom He was well pleased, and although Jesus would be full of the Holy Ghost upon returning from the Jordan, the Spirit would lead Him into the wilderness where He would be tempted of the devil. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for it calls and draws our attention to the fact that there are times within our lives when being full of the Holy Spirit does in fact mean that we can and will face the wilderness and the desert. What’s more, is that being filled with and full of the Holy Spirit can in fact mean that we will be led into those places of temptation where we will have to resist the temptation(s) of the enemy and adversary. The narrative and account surrounding Jesus and His being led into the wilderness is one that is incredibly critical for us to recognize and understand, for within this text and passage of Scripture—not only do we find Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost, not only do we find Jesus being led by the Holy Spirit, but we also find Jesus trusting and relying upon the word of God and that which was written and that which had been spoken. The underlying key for Jesus being able to overcome the temptations which the enemy and adversary hurled at and against Him was greatly impacted and affected by the indwelling and leading of the Holy Spirit, as well as His full trust and reliance upon the Word of God. Scripture presents a picture of three different and three distinct temptations, and with each temptation Jesus would respond to the devil by declaring—and I would not only say declaring, but also reminding him of what was written in the Word. Even when the devil attempted to use Scripture in his temptation to try and bring Jesus into the place where He would put the Father to the test, Jesus would emphatically respond to Him by declaring what was written in the Word of God.

            BEING FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT! BEING LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT! KNOWING WHAT WAS WRITTEN IN THE WORD OF GOD! If there is one thing I absolutely love about the narrative of the Lord Jesus Christ and His being tempted in the wilderness it’s that not only was He full of the Holy Ghost and led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness, but when He was tempted He knew what was written in the Law of Moses and the prophets. There is not a doubt in my mind that Jesus was not very much aware of the words which were written in the Law of Moses, in the writings of the prophets, and in the poetic sections of the Scripture. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand this, for when we think about our own temptation which we face as the disciples and followers of Jesus we must needs acknowledge the fact that one of the greatest weapons we have within our arsenal against temptation is knowing what is written in the word of God. Scripture makes it perfectly clear that the devil as an adversary can and will come against us with full force and fury, but that we are to resist him standing steadfast and firm in our faith. The apostle Paul—when writing unto the saints which were at Ephesus—would encourage and admonish the Ephesian saints concerning the tremendous reality of spiritual warfare, and both James and the apostle Peter wrote concerning our adversary the devil whom we are to resist. What’s more, is that the apostle Paul in the second epistle which was written unto the saints of Corinth would also speak of this struggle and warfare which we must needs be aware of. It is with all of this in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the epistle written unto the Ephesians, the second epistle written unto the Corinthian saints, as well as the epistle written by James and the first epistle which was written by the apostle Peter:

            “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds) casting down imaginations, every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when you obedience is fulfilled” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).

            “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth ,and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:10-18).

            “But he giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:6-10).

            “Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for even and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 5:6-11).

Upon bringing this writing to a close it is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand that being full of the Holy Spirit does not mean that we get a pass from the wilderness, or even that we cannot and will not experience temptation. What we find within the gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke is a strong and powerful picture of Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost after the Spirit descended upon Him in the bodily form of a dove at the Jordan River. It would be the same Spirit who descended upon the Lord Jesus there at the Jordan River that would lead Him into the wilderness—a reality which we must needs realize, recognize and understand. I am absolutely and completely convinced that when we read the words found in portion of Scripture it would be the Spirit who would lead Jesus into the wilderness where He would be tempted of the devil over and during a forty year period of time. With this being said, however, we must needs understand that Jesus would be able to withstand in the midst of that temptation as a direct result of being full of the Holy Ghost—and not only being full of the Holy Ghost, but also knowing and being full of the Word. What makes this even more intriguing when you think about it is the Word which was in the beginning with God and which in the beginning was God would use that which was written to overcome the temptations the devil would raise up against Him. How incredibly astonishing and powerful it is to think about and consider the fact that the living and eternal Word would be led by the Spirit into the wilderness where He would face and experience temptation from the devil. It would be there in the wilderness where Jesus would indeed trust and rely upon that which was written by the living and eternal God in the book of the Law of the Lord, as well as that which was written in the prophets. Not only would Jesus know and be filled with the word, but Jesus would also be full of the Holy Spirit—both of which He would use there in the wilderness to completely and entirely overcome the temptations which the enemy would hurl and raise up against Him. Oh that we would read the words which are found within this portion and passage of Scripture and recognize our own need to not only be full of the Holy Spirit, but also our need to be full of and filled with the Word of God—that which we trust and rely upon when we are faced with those moments when we find ourselves in the wilderness, and when we find ourselves tempted in the same ways and manner in which Jesus Himself was tempted. OH that we would truly recognize and understand that we have indeed and have in fact been called to be a people who are not only led by the Spirit, and not only a people who are full of the Spirit, but who are also a people who are filled with the Word, and a people who know the Word and who trust upon and rely upon the Word within and throughout our daily lives.

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