The Wilderness Test

Yesterday, I preached on “The Wilderness Test”  based on Mark 1:9-13 and Luke Chapter 4.   If you missed it, here is the outline:

1. The wilderness test often comes after a great experience

2. In the wilderness, the enemy tries to shakes our confidence
Luke 4:3-12

3. We leave the wilderness with power
Luke 4:13-14

To watch Scott Wilson’s video blog on Day #30, click here.

The Next Level – Day 28 and Day 29

Day 28 – The Courage Test
Everyone fears.  It’s not wrong to feel feelings of fear, but it is wrong to stay in fear.  One of the characteristics of a relationship with the Holy Spirit is new courage in our life.   If you feel smothered by fear today, where is the Holy Spirit in your life?   As you position yourself to be full of His Spirit, your fear

To watch Scott Wilson’s video blog on Day #28, click here.

Day 29 – The Direction Test

God wants to give you direction.  There are so many chances to go your own way, but time after time God will test us to see if we are really allowing Him to lead.  Scott Wilson cautions us to not just make decisions based of “peace”.  “The person who committed adultery might have felt a strong sense of peace that he was doing the right thing, but it was hormones, not the Holy Spirit (p. 198).”  The longer we walk with God, the more we will recognize His voice and direction.

To watch Scott Wilson’s video blog on Day #29 click here.

The Excuses Test

This statement is so true . . . “Many people would rather complain than take responsibility (p. 184).”   When we become comfortable with our dysfunction, we work harder at explaining the defect instead of improving it.   Scott shares a very dark story about abuse in this chapter that grabs our attention.  However, most of the excuses we make are far less dramatic.  We make excuses for ourselves in small daily choices hat keep us from the big changes God desires.   No more excuses if you want to go to the next level!

Watch Scott Wilson’s video blog on Day #27 by clicking here

The Heart-of-the-Matter Test

As we read about the rich young ruler, we discover we are no different from him.  All of us “have something that we want to cling to, to trust in, and to give us an identity.  For many years God may not shine his light on those things.  He lets us wander along with “two minds” and “competing hearts,” but if we’re really serious about following him, sooner or later the bright light of this love points out the one thing that competes with his rightful place in the center of our hearts (p. 179).”

I have followed Christ all my life, but I am just now discovering the benefit of my longevity.  I always think I love God solely, but at each stage of life I realize how little of my heart has been His.  I pray that each year I walk with the Lord that my heart becomes more and more His.   Let’s not be like this young man who spoke with Jesus, and keep that “one thing” from surrendering our hearts completely to Him.

To watch Scott Wilson’s video blog, click here

The Disappointment Test

Everyone lives with disappointments.  As believers in Christ, we must remember that our disappointments are not final.   There is a heavenly reward for us that will erase the memory of earthly disappointments.  Jesus told Jarius, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”   Even though Jesus had not healed Jarius’ daughter immediately, Jesus had a plan.  Scott Wilson wrote, “When we demand that God get on our schedule, we’re trying to control him instead of trusting him (p. 174).”   Ouch!   I’ve been guilty of that more times than I want to admit.   Don’t let your disappointments get you down today.  The story is never over with God!

The Ego Test

If ever there was an example of someone passing “The Ego Test”, John the Baptist did.   He put aside personal popularity and advancement so people would look to Christ.   I think I have a long way to go to develop this kind of attitude.  The more I live for His glory, the less my desires will matter.   Let’s pray that our egos decrease, so Jesus will increase.

To watch Scott Wilson’s video blog on Day #24, click here.