Scripture tells us that the Spirit led Jesus into the Wilderness. This was a A foreboding scary world. A region without fresh water and life-giving plants. The monotony of this barren desert is broken only by more rocky hills and dark caves. It’s a world fit only for wild animals, rodents, serpents, and insects. Unbearably hot days. Unbelievably cold nights. A place of incredible loneliness.
Here, Jesus has no support, no family, no disciples, no food… nothing but His memory of His Father and His voice of approval. It was into such a wilderness that Jesus was led for a six-week, forty-day crash course in human suffering. It was here that He was tempted by Satan… and we a not immune to the same ordeal of temptation.
Paul has a five letter word that describes our weakness, our limitation… F-L-E-S-H!! You see, as long as we are housed in this human body, our fleshly desires tug at us. No, these desires are not wrong, but they are used by Satan to tempt us to live outside the boundaries God has placed upon them and their use.