Wilderness Wisdom (4 sermons)
The Bib le tells us, that of the people of Israel, the majority of them, God was not really pleased with. He loved them.
He saved them. He got the Holy Ghost on them. He did miracles for them. But He was not well pleased with them, it
says in 1 Corinthians 10.
It takes faith to please God. Why was God not so pleased with them? Because they were overthrown in the
wilderness. When a period, which God designed for their b enefit, came into their life, instead of responding in a godly
way and understanding what God wanted to do, they fought, wrestled, and eventually fell and failed in that wilderness
Jesus had a wilderness experience, it must b e important. It can't be just an Old Testament thing. 1 Corinthians 10
says: it's a warning, a learning exercise, it's something for us to learn from, and it says: make sure you don't make the
same mess ups that they made.
Wilderness Wisdom (1 of 4) Jesus, after He'd experienced the Holy Ghost and had this great encounter, was led
by the Spirit into the wilderness. If we want to become great in anything, there's always a season of preparation. Most
of us want to just get the dream and we're there now, but it never works that way. Nothing in life works that way.
There's always preparation. No one is born a great concert pianist, they had preparation. Everyone has preparation,
and preparation's not nice.
Wilderness Wisdom (2 of 4) It helps if we just understand that the wilderness was God's idea, that that difficult
season was His idea. All major men in the Bible had times or seasons which you would call a wilderness. A
wilderness was a very dry place, full of wild animals, it was very difficult. It represented a very difficult season, a
Wilderness Wisdom (3 of 4) If you're walking with God, you will find yourself quite frequently in transitions,
changes. It's part of walking with God, because He's continually moving us on. You don't just get saved, and that's
the end of it. He journeys you, because He has an assignment for your life, and He wants to develop you, or mature
you, or prepare you for that assignment. The Bible speaks of transitions all the way through, and transitions are very
uncertain times. They have their challenges, and have their difficulties, but God loves us to embrace the process of
the transition and learn what we can, because it's your chance to prepare yourself for the next season. Many
believers totally frustrate God's destiny for their life, because when God was trying to change them, they wouldn't
Fighting the Good Fight (4 of 4) Every believer, whether you like it or not, is engaged in a spiritual conflict. The
earth is a spiritual battle zone, and you're either in the fight winning, or you're in the fight and beaten up. The Bible
calls it a fight of faith - its a fight about what you believe.
The only thing that can move the hand of God is that we are in faith, that we are agreeing with God about what God
says. We take His side in life, and we begin to learn how to live and move by faith.
Just because you have a need, does not mean God will meet it. He knows the need. He looks for faith, and faith can
be developed and cultivated. Faith has an evidence in our life, so when you're operating and living by faith, it is