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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Following the Holy Spirits lead!

Mark 1:9-15 (NRSV)

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Friends today's text is a difficult one to wrestle with because as soon as Jesus is done pleasing God and receives the Spirit, he is then taken by the Holy Spirit into a place of temptation and trial. The point of this is to prepare Christ for his ministry. The reality of it also effects us as those who come to the church looking to please God, getting baptized and joining new ministries is the easy part. Remember it's always harder to be a Christian than to become one!

How about you are you ready to follow the Spirit's lead?

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