Thirty-Five Years Obeying the Spirit of God
Posted October 14, 2005
Revised November 2, 2005
On July 24, 1970 I was baptized in the Holy Ghost at midnight in Apt 4D in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I was baptized in water a few days later in a swiming pool. The next day God started talking to me and directing my paths.
Luke 4:1-4 tells us, "And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, v.1
Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. v.2
And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. v.3
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." v.4
Matthew 4:4 states, "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
Luke 4:5-13 continued, "And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. v.5
And the devil said unto him, All this power (authority) will I give thee, and the glory (honor) of them: for that is delivered unto me (delivered unto me by Adam through Eve); and to whomsoever I will I give it. v.6
If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. v.7
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. v.8
Notice the one you serve you will worship.
And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: v.9
Here is a clear example of Satan, tempting Jesus to commit suicide. He knew angels would not catch him if he jumped off of that pinnacle.
For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: v.10
And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. v.11
And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. v.12
Clearly Jesus said, if you twist scripture, you are tempting God.
And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season." v.13
James 1:2-4 says, "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. v.3
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." v.4
During my days in Argyle in 1972-1976, I was tempted with many business adventures, and God kept me from falling into every one of them. By 1977, I had obeyed the Spirit of God. I was back in McKinney practicing veterinary medicine and attending the First United Methodist Church. Although I am tempted every day, Jesus did not fall into temptation, and I believe that we do not have to.
God bless you,