Increase Power Through Testing
After Jesus was baptized by John, He was “full of the Holy Ghost” and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for testing. Christ stood firm against Satan’s temptations by responding to each one with the Word of God. After passing these tests, He returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit and “there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.” (See Luke 4:1–14.) This same sequence of filling, testing, and receiving increased power of the Spirit is evident throughout the New Testament and can take place in our lives as well.
Our human tendency is to avoid pain, suffering, and trials. However, if we face these tests of faith by relying on God’s grace, He will strengthen us through them, and we will experience a greater measure of His power in our lives. Therefore, by looking at difficulties from God’s perspective, we can see that they are not intended to destroy us but are actually opportunities to have more of His power flowing through our lives! James revealed his understanding of this perspective when he wrote: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers [various] temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:2–4).