We have learned vital lessons over the 9 sessions. We now know a few principles concerning wilderness experience. We have worked with two characters on the wilderness experience: Jesus our Lord and Moses.
From Jesus we have learned that He did not go to wilderness in search of the Holy Ghost. He was led by the Holy Ghost to the wilderness. When he went there He was full of the Holy Ghost. Luke 4:1-1
And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
From Jesus we have learned that Satan will question your identity in the Wilderness: Luke 4:3-3
And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
Wilderness will first question your identity in the area of Sonship. He could have come to first question Jesus’ Lordship and power. He did not say: If you are Lord turn these stones into bread.
He did not say: If you are a prophet from above turn these stones into bread. The bible tells us that Jesus is both Prophet and Apostle. Hebrews 3:1-1
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Jesus was Chief Apostle.
Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. Jesus was a Prophet.
At no place has he refused that.
Jesus was called a Rabbi which means teacher as well as a Shepherd meaning Pastor. Though He was never called Evangelist; He won souls. But Satan knows that five fold titles do not feature in the wilderness. But Sonship matters in the wilderness.
When you are in the wilderness your prophetic title disappears. But your Sonship emerges.
Jordan announced the Sonship of Jesus. Wilderness manifested the Sonship of Jesus.
Jordan is the womb of sonship.
This we see when Elisha received his sonship in Jordan as he cried My Father My Father! 2 Kings 2:12-13
And Elisha saw [it], and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.
He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;
We see Joshua immediately circumcising children israel as soon as they crossed the River of Jordan. That is Joshua chapter 5.
Slaves move from wilderness to Jordan but sons move from Jordan to the Wilderness.
Now I want you to know that when you arrive in the wilderness only sonship will make you conquer and not your title and gifts.
No amount of ministry work will make you conquer in the wilderness.
This is not a place of performance and neither is it a place of proving yourself to satan and others.
Sonship does not prove itself.
Let’s go back to Jordan and hear what happened.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Now when Jesus was taken by the Holy Ghost from Jordan to Wilderness He knew that Father God is well pleased in Him. This Sonship was announced before Jesus could do any miracle or ministry work. There was no need for Jesus to perform in order to be called Son by Father God.
When you have received that mercy in Jordan you don’t need to prove it in the wilderness through performance. We have seen miracle workers crumble in the wilderness.
We have seen great apostles and prophets and pastors crumble in the wilderness. Did they maybe say “Hey satan, I am the great prophet of God!” Were they not supposed to hold on to their sonship?
When you are in the wilderness be rather known as Son than Prophet. Is your sonship tested?
Are you developing your sonship or your pastor office? Which one comes first to you? Whichever of these come first to you will determine your stay in the wilderness. Sons stay for forty days and slaves stay for forty years.