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When the Holy Spirit leads us to satan

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Today I was preaching in my house church Mosaik on Luke 4, and I’d like to share with you the unique relationship between the Holy Spirit and satan that is presented there. Not relationship in the sense that light has anything to do with darkness, but in the sense that when you are baptised in the Holy Spirit, He may take you to where satan lives to beat him up:

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’ ”   

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”   Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” 

The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “ ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully;   they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ”   Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’  ”    When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

(Luke 4:1-13)

In prior to this, Jesus was baptised by John in the Jordan river, and at the same time He was baptised in the Holy Spirit by God the Father, who spoke in an audible voice and called Him His beloved Son. And note that Jesus was then led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where He fasted for forty days until He finally got hungry, and was tempted by the devil. The Spirit sent Jesus to satan.

You see, to be filled with the Spirit isn’t free. It requires sacrifice, fasting and resistance to temptation. Jesus’ baptism was a dramatic turning point in His life, but He didn’t go out to heal the sick immediately. First, He had to give everything up and fast in the desert.

I think that many times we want the baptism in the Holy Spirit, but we’re not willing to fast in the desert. We want the cookies from God without making sacrifices. But you have to die from yourself if you want God to create a new man in you. Only those who take up their cross and follow Him can be His disciples, according to what He said in Luke 14:27.

So Spiritual baptism requires sacrifice, and with sacrifice follows temptation. The devil will without exception attack everyone who are filled with the Spirit. The more you seek God the more dangerous you will be for satan. The devil tried three temptations on the Son of God: turning stones to bread to break His fast, become a Satanist and earn all earthly power there is, and make a suicide attempt to be rescued by angels.

Jesus refused to obey satan by showing that his temptations contradicted the Word of God. He chose to follow the Spirit instead, and He did indeed do bread miracles, meet angels and He was given “all the power” (Mt 28:18). The Spirit still wanted to test if His trinitarian buddy was loyal to the Father, how much then won’t the Spirit test our loyalty? Deserts will come when we walk with Good, they’re part of the package, but we can be confident in that God always is with us in the desert, and He will not let us go through harder trials than what we are able to manage (1 Cor 10:13).

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3 Comments

  1. Luc says:

    Here is what God said to St Catherine of Siena about demon (Dialogues, Chapter 81):

    How even the devils render glory and praise to GOD.

    “Sinners, such as those of whom I have just spoken, are placed in this life in order to augment virtues in My servants, as the devils are in Hell as My justiciars and augmenters of My Glory; that is, My instruments of justice towards the damned, and the augmenters of My Glory in My creatures, who are wayfarers and pilgrims on their journey to reach Me, their End.
    “They augment in them the virtues in diverse ways, exercising them with many temptations and vexations, causing them to injure one another and take one another’s property, and not for the motive of making them receive injury or be deprived of their property, but only to deprive them of charity.

    “But in thinking to deprive My servants, they fortify them, proving in them the virtues of patience, fortitude, and perseverance. Thus they render praise and glory to My Name, and My Truth is fulfilled in them, which Truth created them for the praise and glory of Me, Eternal Father, and that they might participate in My beauty.

    “But, rebelling against Me in their pride, they fell and lost their vision of Me, wherefore they rendered not to Me glory through the affection of love, and I, Eternal Truth, have placed them as instruments to exercise My servants in virtue in this life and as justiciars to those who go, for their sins, to the pains of Purgatory.

    “So you see that My Truth is fulfilled in them, that is, that they render Me glory, not as citizens of life eternal, of which they are deprived by their sins, but as My justiciars, manifesting justice upon the damned, and upon those in Purgatory.”

  2. One of my favorite posts by you so far. Thanks Micael, may the Lord be with you!

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Micael Grenholm - a Swedish charismactivist residing with the Jesus Army in the UK.

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