Tag: Spirit of the Lord

The Spirit Speaks!

Scripture reading for April 24th:  2nd Samuel 21-23, John 14

Key Scriptures:  2nd Samuel 23:1-4 “Now these are the last words of David:  . . . . The Spirit of the Lord speaks through me; His word is on my tongue.  The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has said to me:  When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God, He dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.”  

King David’s last words are in the form of a song.  In this introduction, God is called the “God of Israel” and the “Rock of Israel.”  David declared that he ruled in the “fear of God” and allowed the “Spirit of the Lord” to speak His word through him.  God was like a bright light, like the sun shining forth. and like rain causing the earth to bring forth vegetation.

John 14:6  “Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.  If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You that You revealed Your Father to us.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and let Your word and life shine in me.  Water my life with the rain from Heaven!  Amen.

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The Lord of Justice and Restoration!

Scripture reading for March 7th:  Deuteronomy 14-17, Luke 4

Key Scriptures:   Luke 4:17-19  “And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him.  He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 

Jesus began His ministry in His hometown of Nazareth.  As a rabbi, He was given the opportunity to read the Scriptures at the local synagogue.  He opened the scroll of Isaiah to quote 61:1-2(a).  After reading, Jesus proclaimed that that Scripture had been fulfilled in their hearing.  At first, the crowd marveled, but soon they became full of wrath and sought to do Him harm.  Good news is often difficult to received by religious people.

Deuteronomy 16:18, 20.  “”You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.  . . . Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the Lord your God is giving you.””

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your clear mission and vision to bring justice and freedom to the poor, the oppressed, and helpless.  May Your Spirit be upon me today to follow Your example.  Amen.

 

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Our Anointed Savior!

Scripture reading for August 15th:  Isaiah 57-61

Key Scriptures:  Isaiah 61:1-3  “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and to provide for those who grieve in Zion–. . “

Jesus Christ quoted this passage from Isaiah when he began His preaching ministry in His home town.  He was asked to read before those gathered in the synagogue and He chose this passage to announce His ministry.  He was filled with God’s Spirit and anointed to preach good news.  He would bind up those who had broken hearts and proclaim freedom to those in prison in the darkness of sin.  He would proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.  This is where He stopped with the reading!

Thankful for the anointing:  “The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him.  Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.””  (Luke 4:17-19)

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Divinely powerful weapons!

Scripture reading for August 10th:  2nd Corinthians 10

Key scriptures for over-comers:  2nd Corinthians 10:3-5  “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  

Christians are living in a hostile world and are under daily attack from their enemy Satan and the temptations of the world and their yet to be crucified flesh.  These attacks often take the form of lies that entice us to go against what we know as true about God and His standard of holiness.  The mind becomes a battlefield when we entertain these arguments and pretensions.  But God has given His people powerful weapons to fight these wicked spiritual forces.  We have the truth of God’s holy Word that sets us free from the lies.  We have the Holy Spirit of Truth that reminds us of the words of Jesus and helps us to pray in the Spirit.  We have the Name of Jesus Christ that causes the forces of hell to retreat in terror!  Praise the Lord!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers know and use their God-given weapons to win battles in their minds against accusing and tempting spirits of darkness!  “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. . .”  (Isaiah 61:1-2)

 

 

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The Spirit of the Lord!

Scripture reading for March 20th: Luke 4:1-30

The Holy Spirit that came upon Jesus at His baptism immediately led Him to the desert for a time of testing.  Jesus withstood each test over the forty days by quoting Scripture.  “Man does not live by bread alone” was Jesus’ word to the Devil. (Deuteronomy 8:3)   Jesus returned from the testing in the desert by Satan in the power of the Holy Spirit.  (Luke 4:14)

Jesus then went to his home town of Nazareth and went to the synagogue on the Sabbath.  He stood up to read and was given the scroll of Isaiah the Prophet.  He unrolled it and read:  “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19)

The Holy Spirit in a person brings power to witness to God’s love and grace.  Just like oil poured over a king brings empowerment, the Spirit empowered Jesus to preach the ‘Good News’ to those lost and bound by sin, sickness and disease.  He would open eyes that were blind and enable them to see.  Because of the Spirit, prisoners would be set free in glorious liberty.  Jesus had come to His own people in His home town to share the fulfillment of this ancient prophecy!

The best news was the ‘acceptable year of the Lord’. This spoke of the year of ‘Jubilee’ that God had proclaimed in the Law for every fiftieth year.  On the year of Jubilee, land was to be restored to original owners, slaves were to be set free, and debts were to be forgiven.  Each person would receive a new start!  It was a little picture of God’s restoration process in action.  (Leviticus 25:8-54)  Jesus announced that the year of “Jubilee” was at hand in His ministry!

This ‘good news’ is something to get in on for yourself.  Jesus is our ‘Jubilee’!   In Him we are set free, healed, and delivered from bondage.  In Him we have an eternal inheritance that cannot be stolen or lost!  The Holy Spirit is the down-payment of the promised complete restoration when He returns! This ‘good news’ is also to be shared with all nations and peoples by those who received it!  Come Lord Jesus!

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The Spirit is on Me!

Scripture reading for March 20th: Luke 4:1-30

The Holy Spirit that came on Jesus at His baptism by John immediately led Him to the desert for a time of testing.  Jesus withstood each test over the forty days by quoting Scripture.  “Man does not live by bread alone” was Jesus’ word to the Devil. (Deuteronomy 8:3)   Jesus returned from the testing in the desert by Satan in the power of the Holy Spirit.  (Luke 4:14)

Jesus then went to his home town of Nazareth and went to the synagogue on the Sabbath.  He stood up to read and the scroll of Isaiah the Prophet.  He unrolled it to find the Scripture He wanted to share with them.  “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19)

The Holy Spirit in a person brings power to witness to God’s love and grace.  Jesus announced in His home town the focus of His life as He was now empowered by the Spirit.  The Spirit anoints a person, just like oil poured over a king brings empowerment to do the work called of them, the Spirit empowers.  The Spirit would empower Jesus to preach the ‘Good News’ to those lost and bound by sin, sickness and disease.  He would open eyes that were blind and enable them to see.  Because of the Spirit, prisoners would be set free in glorious liberty.

The best news was the ‘acceptable year of the Lord’.  This spoke of the year of Jubilee that God had proclaimed in the Law for every fiftieth year.  On the year of Jubilee, land was to be restored to original owners, slaves were to be set free, and debts were to be forgiven.  Each person would receive a new start!  It was a little picture of God’s restoration process in action.  (Leviticus 25:8-54)  Jesus proclaimed that in the Holy Spirit’s anointing, He announced the ‘acceptable year of the Lord’.

This ‘good news’ is something to get in on for yourself.  Jesus is our ‘Jubilee’!   In Him we are set free, healed, and delivered from bondage.  In Him we have an eternal inheritance that cannot be stolen or lost!  The Holy Spirit is the down-payment!

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Portraits of Jesus from 700 years out!

Scripture reading for July 20th: Isaiah 9-12

Isaiah lived over 700 years before the coming of Jesus Christ.  He was an ordinary man who was by grace chosen to see the Lord in a glorious vision.  He humbled himself and responded to God’s call to go and become a prophet.  As he lived his life and shared from his heart and relationship with the Lord, God used him to give prophetic pictures of His Son, Jesus Christ.  These pictures encourage us today and inspire faith and trust!

After speaking of a virgin giving birth to a son who would be called “Immanuel”, God with us, Isaiah continued to write about this coming one.  (Isaiah 7:14)  He himself had two sons who were given prophetic names that spoke to the future of the nation of Israel.   He told that the nation would go into captivity but that God would bring back a remnant.  The people were caught up in conspiracy theories and were tormented by fears.  Isaiah warned them that the Lord was the only one to fear!  (Isaiah 8:12-14)  The Lord himself would be a stone to cause the nation to stumble and a rock that would make them fall.  Seven Hundred years later, Jesus was that stumbling stone to the nation of Israel.

The coming child who would be born would honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by way of the sea, along the Jordan River.  He would show God’s light to those living in darkness there.  (Isaiah 9:1-2)  He would carry the government on his shoulders.  This child’s names signified that He would be special.  His names would be Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!  His government would be one of peace and from everlasting to everlasting.  He would also reign on David’s throne, establishing it in justice and righteousness.  (Isaiah 9:6-7)  God’s own zeal would accomplish this!  These scriptures all speak of Jesus Christ who lived and ministered in Galilee.  He did great miracles and mighty works there, bringing light to the Gentiles.  He is the fulfillment of the names given by Isaiah through the Holy Spirit!

In chapter 11, Isaiah speaks again of Jesus.  He talks of a shoot coming from the stump of Jesse that will become a Branch that would bear fruit.  After the judgment that Isaiah spoke of, the nation would resemble a stump.  God would have a remnant that would bring His Son to fulfill His purposes!  God would place His Spirit on this Branch.  It would be a Spirit of wisdom and understanding,  a Spirit of counsel and power, and a Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.  (Isaiah 11:1-3)  He would delight in the fear of the Lord!  Jesus Christ fits this description perfectly!  He was wisdom and knowledge personified!  He had wise counsel and power to heal, save and deliver!  He knew all things and taught with authority!  He delighted in the fear of the Lord in that He only did what His Father showed Him to do and always did that which pleased His Father!

There is so much more in these chapters today!  Read and enjoy and rejoice in God’s faithfulness to fulfill His Word!

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