Reflection on Mark 1:9-15

Scripture
At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert forty days being tempted by Satan.

Observation
Jesus goes to the Jordan River to be baptised by John. As He comes out of the water, the Spirit comes on Him and a voice comes from heaven confirming Jesus is God’s beloved Son.

At once the Spirit drives Jesus into the desert where He is tempted by satan for forty days. Then He goes to Galilee proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is here.

Application
Jesus goes straight from being baptised in the Holy Spirit into temptation, fasting and spiritual warfare. In fact, Mark says “At once the Spirit sent Him.”

Our spiritual experiences, including the baptism in the Holy Spirit are not about making us feel good. They are to make us strong to defeat the enemy.

Having defeated satan, Jesus sets out on His mission. We don’t have to completely overcome every temptation in our life and get everything perfect before we start working through God’s plan for our lives, but we do need to make progress away from serving satan and towards serving God.

Prayer
Lord give me strength to defeat the in in my life. Show me how to move towards your purposes and direct my steps in following you. Amen.

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