Jan. 7 – Matthew 4

In this chapter Jesus shows us how life is to be lived; by being led by the Holy Spirit. We are all going to be tempted to do wrong in this life. To overcome these temptations we need the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit when he was conceived in the womb. We are filled with the Holy Spirit when we believe in Jesus, repent of our sins and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. This infilling of the Holy Spirit is for our purity. We have now been washed clean of our sins. Jesus was also pure having never sinned.

Jesus was baptized in the Holy Spirit at the end of Matthew 3 when he was baptized in water and the Father sent the Holy Spirit to remain upon Jesus to empower him to live obediently to the Father. When we received Jesus we also received the Holy Spirit for purity and just like Jesus(who was fully God and also fully man) we also need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit for power to live in obedience to our heavenly Father and to be a witness for Jesus wherever we go. Another example of this is how Jesus dealt with his disciples. In the book of John he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. Then just before he left for heaven he told them to wait until they were baptized with the Holy Spirit before they went out to live for him and tell others about Him.

John 20:22 (NLT) — 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Luke 24:49 (NLT) — 49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

Acts 1:4–5 (NLT) — 4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 1:8 (NLT) — 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The effects of being baptized with the Holy Spirit can been seen in Acts chapter 2. After the Holy Spirit came on Peter he suddenly became bold to speak for Jesus. This is the same Peter who denied that he even knew Jesus when a little slave girl asked him if he was a follower of Jesus! None of the disciples ever ran away from living for Jesus after the Holy Spirit came upon them. They all willingly gave up their lives for Jesus.

If you find yourself giving in to temptations you know are wrong or if you are not bold to be a witness for Jesus; stop right now and repent of your sins, receive Jesus’ forgiveness for purity and ask Jesus to baptize you in the Holy Spirit for power. Believe that you have received. You may be inspired to speak in another language (tongues) just like they did in the book of Acts. Talk to the Holy Spirit just like you would your best friend. He is God, He is more powerful than Satan, and he is able to keep you from giving in to temptations that would lead you to sin.

If you have questions on the Baptism with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues email me: pastordan@hilltop.mn and I would be glad to talk with you.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Nicole Hamilton says:

    In this chapter Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights after being led into the wilderness by the Spirit. Fasting is one spiritual discipline that is a bit of a mystery to me. I know the bible makes it clear that we should fast and that it is an important part of living a strong and powerful Christian life, but I’ve had a hard time implementing this discipline into my life on a consistent basis. How often should we fast? How long should we fast? What are the purposes of fasting? How do we know when, like Jesus, the Spirit is leading us into the “wilderness to be tempted” and the situation requires an extended period of fasting?

    • Daniel Mueller says:

      The bible doesn’t specifically say how long and how often we should fast. Jesus just said in Matthew 6, “when you fast”. I would start out small, perhaps fast one meal a week. After that you could fast a meal every 3 days or one 24 hr fast a week. You could fast from 8am on Monday to 8am on Tuesday, whatever works for you. I have personally done one day a week. How long you should fast is totally up to you, but again start small.

      Some people will fast sugar, some will fast everything accept fruit and vegetable or just drink juice. Some just drink water. If you ask the Holy Spirit He will give you a sense of what to do and how often.

      Some of the purposes of fasting would be to spend the time praying or reading God’s word to get to know Him better. It might include memorizing scripture. It might be to stop and listen to what God might be saying to you. It could be for the purpose of growing the fruit of self control > saying no to the body! It might be to take time to pray for an unsaved person or some missionary that God has put your heart. In fasting we let God know that he is more important to us than food!

      How you sense the leading of the Holy Spirit in this area of fasting would be if you have an important decision coming up or you are going through a tough time and nothing else brings you peace or answers. When you are at the end of your rope and don’ t know what to do fasting says to God, “Help”!

      There is an excellent short book on fasting called, “God’s Chosen Fast” by Arthur Wallis. I think there is a copy in the church library. If there isn’t one there I have a copy that you can borrow. Pastor Dan

  2. Mark Gundersen says:

    Jesus is God. His responses to Satan were for us because he was the word of God, he did not tempt himself, or worship himself but honored the father portion of his nature.