Tag: full of the Spirit
Scripture reading for March 9th: Luke 4
“Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them He was hungry. The devil said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man does not live on bread alone.'” (Luke 4:1-4) Jesus had heard the Father declare that He was His Son, whom He loved. (Luke 3:22) Now His faith in His Father was tested by the Spirit leading Him. Forty days without food brought an extreme hunger and the devil tried to entice Jesus to use His power for personal fulfillment. Jesus turned to God’s Word (Deuteronomy 8:3) and blocked this temptation!
Next, the devil took Jesus to a high place and offered Him all the kingdoms of this world if He would worship him. Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy 6:13, “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.” The devil is a liar and usurper of God’s rightful place and has offered material gain and power to Adam and his descendants. Jesus refused his offer as we must as well!
The last temptation of Jesus during this forty days involved jumping off the temple and saving Himself. The devil wanted Jesus to do something spectacular that would use His power to impress people. Jesus would have none of it, and quoted Deuteronomy 6:16, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
Jesus was the Son of God and lived by God’s Word here on earth. He perfectly obeyed the Father and followed the Spirit in doing God’s will. With the Holy Spirit, we can boldly live by God’s word!
Scripture reading for June 8th: Acts 6:1-15
Every organization rises or falls on leadership. Gifts of leadership are given to individuals by God to help the church function smoothly. No one person is more important or higher than another in Christ’s body, but each person has a different function based on their gifts and talents. Faithfulness and maturity are foundational to strong leadership.
A crisis in the early church was recorded in Acts 6:1-7. There was strife and complaining between Grecian Jews and Hebraic Jews over the treatment of their widows. Some were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food and the apostles gathered together to tackle the problem. “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the Word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word.” (Acts 6:2b-4)
The apostles recognized their priorities as prayer and ministry of the Word. They understood that leadership must be expanded. But just warm bodies would not do the proper job. These men must be full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. Known character and infilling with the Spirit would enable them to have the power necessary to properly function in this important ministry. God cares deeply about widows and orphans! (James 1:27)
“This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judiasm. The presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.” (Acts 6:5-6) The men were selected from a variety of backgrounds and then prayed over by the apostles. They gave the responsibility of caring for the widows away to responsible people who had the Holy Spirit, faith and wisdom!
The recorded result was an increase in the word of God and number of disciples, even priests were coming to Christ! When godly leadership functions in the proper tasks, God’s church expands. Preaching the Word is a priority for those so gifted and called! Pastoral care is also a vital need that those gifted and called can do. Are you full of the Holy Spirit with godly character that God can put you into His service?