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Option3Matthew 4.1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.

It was the desert that gave Christ a place to start His ministry.  Preparing Him to take on the world.  Better yet – preparing Him to take on the hearts of the world.  It was in desert places that He found solitude, strength, comfort and teaching experiences.

The desert can be a harsh and unforgiving place.  The blowing dirt and sand works its way into every crack and crevass just to annoy, irritate and cause malfunction.  The heat can become unbearable making it impossible to get comfortable and very dangerous.  And you may as well call it quits if you don’t have water.

But at the same time, the desert can be a gorgeous place of God’s wonder and beauty; a place of learning and preparation.  For me, it was a place I experienced the power of a mighty God and took part in the purest form of “church” this soldier ever experienced.

The desert can teach great survival skills, be a place of preperation, and refine character.  I spent some time in the deserts of Kuwait and Iraq thanks to Uncle Sam’s paid vacation program through the Army.  But it was God who used those places to teach me and prepare me for His work back home.  Along our wandering here, I wish to share with you some of the things I have come to learn in the desert places.

Are you desert strong?

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