Why did Jesus need the Holy Spirit?

Luke 4:1,12-13 – And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil…And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. 

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Jesus relied on the Holy Spirit in many ways throughout His ministry, but one poignant example that we can glean from is in Luke 4. Like Moses (Exod. 34:28) and Elijah (1 Kings 19:8), Jesus spent forty days alone in the wilderness. By the time the dragon showed up for war, Jesus had reached the limits of His humanity. 
In this we learn when our Enemy is likely to HIT—when we are hungry, isolated, and tired. When we are physically unwell and in need of food or some other provision, we are more open to temptation since we lack the energy we need to fight. When we are isolated because we live alone, have no close friends or family living nearby, and can live a life filled with secrecy because of privacy, we are also more vulnerable to sinful temptation. When we are tired, our energy levels are low because we are burned out, not sleeping well, sick, injured, overconsuming alcohol, using illegal drugs, or experiencing poor health for any reason, the Enemy sees us as wounded prey that he can more easily devour. 
Living out of His full humanity, the Lord Jesus was vulnerable. We are as well, anytime we find ourselves hungry, isolated, or tired. Satan and demons are not limited by lack of sleep, sickness, or low energy levels, so Jesus relied on the Holy Spirit to maintain control over them at all times, as can we.
Did you know that the same Holy Spirit that empowered Jesus during His earthly ministry is available to help you today? Ask for His help and power to do what God has called you to do today and this week. 

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