The Purpose of the Wilderness: You Are Called

[This is part of the Sojourning the Spiritual Sahara Series. Check out the other posts!]

You are called. God has a destiny for you and has been preparing you your whole life for your calling. Part of that preparation is getting to go to the wilderness. How fun.  

moses_and_the_burning_bushMoses underwent a time of stripping away of his Egyptian upbringing with all it’s splendor during his time in the wilderness. A prestigious life of royalty in the palace to the dust and emptiness of the desert was enough to get anyone’s attention. During this season in the desert Moses was emptied of the confidence and pride of Egyptian ways to learn God’s ways. Following that he was called of God to go lead the Israelites out of bondage.

Jesus went through the wilderness experience before He was released into ministry (Luke 4:1-13). Jesus was tested in every dimension while He was in the desert:

  • He was alone. He had no earthly relationship to sustain Him.
  • He was hungry. He had learned to put His physical body into submission.
  • He had a strong spirit. He knew how to fight with the Word.

There are many things to learn about the exchange between Jesus and satan, but in light of this subject one thing stands out to me. With every single temptation the devil presented Jesus responded the same way – with the scripture.

Preparation for New

talk_to_the_hand_by_ftpaddictGod will often put you into a Spiritual Sahara to prepare you to receive new revelation. You may already be in ministry, but you aren’t exempt from wilderness experiences. Time in the desert often precedes a new season or change in ministry.

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 2 Corinthians 12:7 NKJV

The apostle Paul knew the Lord was not going to give him revelations about things in the Spirit or concerning his own ministry all at the same time, because he would be puffed up in pride. We must truly be humble and know that anything the Lord chooses to do through us is not because we are so great. The wilderness will remind us of that humbling fact.

Sahara Desert

by roaming-the-planet (flickr)

To wrap up this series I will talk about how to get out of the wilderness in my next post. Subscribe so you don’t miss it! Was this post helpful to you? Please leave a comment and let me know.

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