Day 7
March 21, 2021

Isaiah 61:1-3 and Luke 4:14-20

            Wow we made it to the end of our first week. It’s been a great time sharing with you friends so far. Today’s devotion is in Luke 4. It begins with Jesus being tempted by the devil 3 times in the wilderness with no food or water. Yet for 40 days and nights the Spirit of God walked with and empowered him for ministry. Jesus returned, in the full power of the Spirit. He entered the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth and opens the scroll handed to him of Isaiah 61:1-3. Then he says in vs. 21, “This scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day.” The Spirit Himself prophesies to those listening he is anointed to preach and to heal.

            Calculated by the Holy Spirit to make this announcement to those who knew Jesus for thirty years. Those in His presence did not even acknowledge whom He truly was. Much more than a prophet but a Savior. I have a challenge for you, do you deny to yourself and others who Jesus really is and wants to be through you?  Let’s explore this a little bit. He was anointed to preach the good news to the needy, poor, and destitute. A deliverer of captives in sickness, sin, and death. An Anointed Healer of those who are broken in spirit, soul, mind, and body. A deliverer of those blinded by darkness; the bruised, completely crushed, shattered in life, wounded, and oppressed. The Anointed One announcing the year of Jubilee (which basically means Christ’s atonement fully embraces the sick, sinful, hopeless, and needy).

            How much of this do we intentionally pursue in prayer? How often do we embrace the power of a moment each day? Is this where your safe and secure value is based? Or do we leave that intention on the back burner because life takes over? I will be the first to admit my intent is not always to be like Jesus! This my friend’s is where we either reenter the power of His Spirit or we stay in the power of our flesh. In our flesh, we separate ourselves from God. If we are not careful, we will die a slow death carrying us further from Him. On one side Jesus waits for us to draw us near, and on the other Satan asks if we really know who Jesus is? The bottom line is our choice Anointed Power or desensitized weakness.

Let’s pray: Prayer excerpt from heartlight.org. “Father, I know that you have placed your Holy Spirit within me and within your church. Yet, Father, we so often block the Spirit’s leadership and ignore the Spirit’s opportunities. Not only forgive us dear Father but ignite in us a holy passion to be your servants to the lost, defeated, broken, and forgotten as Your Spirit equips, empowers, and guides us into the areas of ministry you want us to do. Please fulfill this old Scripture, again, today, in us. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”