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The Temptation Within: Embracing Your True Identity in Christ

Welcome to A Journey through the New Testament! In this series, we will systematically journey through every chapter in the New Testament, unveiling the marvelous insights that can be found in the scriptures.

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There is a revelation that the Lord gave me about Jesus' temptation in Matthew 4:1 and it totally reshaped my understanding of our Lord. Traditionally, I envisioned a physical encounter between Jesus and the devil in the wilderness, yet a deeper understanding emerged. The scripture reveals that the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness, but, then the devil took Him to Jerusalem? This puzzled me until I realized that the temptations were actually happening in Jesus' mind! This insight revolutionized my perspective of the things Jesus experienced. I did not realize that He truly was like us in every single way, as the Word states in 1 John 4:17, "As He is, so are we in this world."


There is a particular phrase from the temptation that stood out to me, "If thou be the Son of God." How often have we heard similar doubts about our identity? Questions like, "If you're a child of God, why don't you know certain things or work miracles all the time?" These doubts, aimed at challenging our sonship, can be disheartening. However, Ephesians 6:16 encourages us to take up the shield of faith to quench the enemy's fiery darts, because it is our faith in who we are that the devil is after! Once you waver in who God says you are, you have made yourself susceptible to the enemy.


Moreover, the revelation that Jesus, a perfect example of a son of God, didn't need to prove His identity resonated deeply. We, too, don't need to prove ourselves; we are what we are. The true proof of sonship lies in having the Holy Spirit within us, empowering us to obey God's Word. Just as Jesus overcame, so can we by believing in our sonship and adhering to God's teachings. Let's embrace our identity in Christ, turn from darkness, and follow the example set by our high priest, Jesus, who was tempted in every way yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

  • Written by Kareem Flowers, Sunrise with Jesus

In the comments, please share a moment when something Jesus said or did profoundly reassured you that you can make it in God.


The above was taken from Hearing God 2: How to Know the Will of God, written by Mary Banks.

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Victoria Edwards
Victoria Edwards
24 nov. 2023

Factual said.

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Encouraged Much!


My God, I recall I used to question why I couldn’t do certain things Christ did, more so miracles and healing. It weighed heavily on my mind.

But the only thing God is asking for is obedience to his Holy Spirit. He dispense whatever gifts to whom he sees fit to suit his purpose.

What encourage me and kept me rooted is the testimonies of obeying God’s voice. When the Lord speaks or lead me to a particular thing and I can see the results to know that is my Father. We don’t need to move mountains and empty hospital beds.

God is still orchestrating our daily lives And just need us to obey his…

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Kareem Flowers
Kareem Flowers
22 nov. 2023
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Bro this is so true and encouraging!

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Godchild Kashief
Godchild Kashief
22 nov. 2023

My Lord, this is so encouraging.

Would you believe that I was facing a similar trial while reading the beginning of this sunrise, just before encountering the line that states “How often have we heard similar doubts about our identity?”…

This was so needed this morning.


God bless you bro, keep allowing the Lord to use you in writing these devotionals.🙌🏾

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Kareem Flowers
Kareem Flowers
22 nov. 2023
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God, you mindful eeh??

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John 4 when Jesus was tempted by the enemy and how he refused to give in to the devil; showed me I can make it through my temptations also. The moment that I read John 17:20-24 how Jesus prayed for us; I felt really special. I took it personal that not only he died for me but before he dies he prays for al believers. I knew then I could make it.

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Kareem Flowers
Kareem Flowers
22 nov. 2023
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This is such a blessing Takiffany!

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