January 25, 2017

4 Reasons to Embrace the Wilderness Experience

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By Derrick D’souza

    By Derrick D’souza

The dictionary defines wilderness as a region that is uncultivated and uninhabited. In other words, it’s a place where you have very less to depend on for your physical survival.

I believe the Holy Spirit is inviting God’s children to a ‘place of wilderness’ where you learn to deny your flesh and find your strength in the things of the Spirit alone. Before Jesus, the Son of God had to be manifested, the Holy Spirit led Him to 40 days in the wilderness.

The wilderness experience is not about settling in a desert in the literal sense, but allowing yourself to go through a season where you cut off from what your flesh depends on and seek to feed your spirit with His presence.

Here are 4 reasons why you need to embrace the wilderness or desert experience you may find yourself going through:

1. The desert place is where the plans and purposes of God are opened and revealed to men and women of God.

We enter in the desert with our ambitions, talents, giftings, position and influence – ready to be used by God, only to realize that all we needed was “the rod” (i.e. the most insignificant thing we carried or possessed) to be anointed by God. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. God often invites his people to move out in faith in their areas of weakness so that they depend fully on His grace and ability.

Wilderness experience – a way of God to teach us

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2. All are called to be led(Romans 8:14).

All are called, however, only a few are led by the Spirit willingly into the desert place; for it is a place of isolation, preparation and testing for a definite manifestation.

Jesus, Moses, John the Baptist and Apostle Paul, to name a few, were all led into this place of preparation and were set up for the greatest ministries that shook nations. John the baptist brought a whole nation to repentance in the same wilderness where he was prepared!

3. The desert experience condemns the works of the flesh to death and releases the power of the Spirit Man.

The flesh rejoices and thrives in the land of plentiful but the desert will unlock the power of Christ within you. The outer man (flesh) must be brought under subjection of the Inner born again man (Ephesians 4:24).  There is no true victory in outward ministry without the personal victory over the flesh in the desert. The wilderness calls all believers to live by the new man who is energized by the power of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16-18).

4. In this place of preparation you will get the ‘Word of God, that is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12) 

It is here that all men of God are discovered and laid bare before His eyes. This experience is characterized with singleness of heart for the things of God, a passionate intimacy and dialogue with the master who lovingly teaches and  prepares His child for service. The desert experience is a much needed revelatory rehearsal, to keep your heart perfect towards God while on your assignment in the world.

So, if the Holy Spirit is drawing you to a desert / wilderness experience (may be through fasting and prayer) or if the world rejects you and you find yourself in one, embrace it with all your heart. There is a spiritual feast in store for you!

Your desert place can be your most fruitful place, where you blossom abundantly and see the glory and the excellency of our God! (Isaiah 35:1-2)

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