Monday, September 20, 2004

The Holy Spirit

I'm reading Luke chapters 3 and 4, and it just jumps out at me. In 3: 21-22, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptizer, and the Holy Spirit descends on him. Then, chapter 4 begins, "Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit . . . was led by the Spirit in the desert." There, he faces the temptations from the devil.

After the temptations, 4:14 says, "Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit." He goes to the local synagogue and stands to read. The passage is from Isaiah 61: 1-2, and begins, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me."

Incredible! At the onset of his ministry, Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit who empowers us! The same Holy Spirit who sustained Jesus through his temptations will sustain us as well. The same Holy Spirit who covered his ministry of preaching the good news, setting prisoners free, giving sight to the blind, etc will bless our ministries as well. That is an awesome thought.

So, my prayer for you and me today is from Ephesians 1: 17: "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better."

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