The account of Jesus’s baptism and following with the time in the wildernesses reminds me of my baptism. I was stationed at a small post and, as the Lord would have it, I became close friends with Cindy (a sister in the Lord). Well, our walk with Jesus reached the point that we both wanted to be baptized. I don’t remember what day it was but we baptized each other in a creek by the chapel. I didn’t see any doves but I felt like I had won the lottery. A heavy burden was lifted off my back.
This feeling lasted about a week. Then I was tempted by the other soldiers to party, to smoke cigarettes and to do drugs. I was able to resist the temptations with the help of God. The temptations came to a climax when I was at my brother Dave’s house on a weekend pass. I woke up at about 2:00 in the morning and I felt like something was choking me. I couldn’t speak. I was able to pray to Jesus for Satan to leave, reaffirming that Jesus is my Lord Savior. The feeling of being choked was gone. I believe that temptation helps build character and strengthens our walk with Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, help us to remember you’re always, always there for us and that we just need to listen.