Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1)
Baptism and enlightenment led straight to testing, confrontation, and temptation. To pervert or abandon the inner calling from God….we all face this decision. It is the desert space of choosing to become truly human. The leading and tempting and desert experience are always present for anyone who chooses to remain awake and to live by the truth.
Let my defiant response be the same as Jesus of Nazareth: “Get away, Satan!” (Adversary) Let God’s merciful response to my decision be the same as it was for Jesus…
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. (Matthew 4:11)
Lord, keep sending angels into my life. I need them.