How long we stay in the wilderness is up to us
“The devil is conquered wherever his design to devour our faith is defeated.” - Dr. Jon Chasteen
Dear Jesus, thank you for loving us. Thank you for showing us the way through the wilderness, giving us hope while we’re there, and revealing to us that YOU are our provider!. Just as we were once all lost in the wilderness, we ask that you help us find those who still are, bring them to church and introduce them to you. We ask this in your precious name. Amen.
Commit this week to praying for those in your group who are struggling and ask God how you can encourage them - then do it.
Memorize one of the verses from this week’s message that can help you fight through your struggle. The word of God is YOUR STRENGTH and SWORD OF TRUTH!
Share one of your temptations with the group, then create a list of scriptures that confronts that temptation. Then, use this list whenever temptation strikes.
“Afterward, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the lonely wilderness accuser by going through the ordeal of testing.” Matthew 4:1 TPT
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. Exodus 13:17-18 NIV
Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to order to… Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV
Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you order , whether or not you would keep his commands. Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.” Luke 2:34-35a
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Numbers 13:31-33 NIV
He gives , and to those . Isaiah 40:29 NKJV
But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and through your weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 TPT
Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, they may a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” - Exodus 5:1 NKJV
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. James 1:2-4 MSG
And take the mighty Spirit-sword of the . Ephesians 6:17b TPT
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 NKJV
But as for you, fall in this wilderness. Your children will be forty years, , until the last of your bodies lies in the wilderness. Numbers 14:32-33 NIV
...above all, taking the faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Ephesians 6:16 NASB
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world— . 1 John 5:4 NASB
Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. But resist him, [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.] 1 Peter 5:8-9 AMP