The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me…
God’s plan for you is for you to become the best version of you possible! Right now, there are at least two possibilities: the you God made you to be, and the you that currently exists. The gap between those versions of you can be one of the most frustrating realties you will ever struggle with.
The question is: "How do we bridge the gap?"
This is the reason the self-help section at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon keeps getting bigger and bigger. All of know there’s a gap. All of us carry this innate sense that we don’t quite measure up. And, all of us want to bridge that gap. In fact, we'll do almost anything to bridge the gap.
Sometimes we apply strenuous self-effort or determination. And, if your temperament is wired with a tenacious sense of self-discipline, you can tough it out, at least for a while. But then, after a while, you start to get tired, weary and fatigued. You've probably experienced that kind of slow fade...
What if there's another way to live? What if there's a power source you've never considered, or, sometimes forget is available?
The theme of Isaiah 60-62 is the presence of God. The phrase "glory of God" or "God's glory" is mentioned several times in these chapters.
God’s glory is the active presence of God working in, among and through the people of God.
Isaiah 61 passage is a prophecy about the Messiah. It was fulfilled in the life of Jesus. In fact, Jesus quoted it at the beginning of His ministry. Right after Jesus was baptized in water and then tempted in the wilderness, He walked into his local synagogue on the Sabbath, picked up the scroll of Isaiah and read this passage:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” —Luke 4:18-19 NIV
Isaiah 61 not only contains a description of the mission and ministry of Jesus, it’s a description of the mission and ministry of every person who trusts Jesus and lives in dependence on the Holy Spirit. What's amazing is that it begins with a statement from Jesus about His source for doing life and ministry: "The Spirit of the LORD is upon me..."
Jesus lived His life in complete dependence and reliance on the Holy Spirit. One of the greatest dangers Christians face in 2017, is that we’ve gotten to the point that we can do life and ministry without knowing whether or not, “the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon [us]…”
But this is a life-changing reality:
The presence of God working in and through you is the difference between what WE can do and what God can do.
Everything Jesus did He did through the person and power of the Holy Spirit.
According to Mark 1:10-11, at Jesus’ baptism, “as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.”
Jesus was filled with the Spirit.
He was led by the Spirit.
He was empowered by the Spirit.
He was anointed by the Spirit.
Jesus is the prototype of what a person looks like who is completely dependent upon, filled with, and possessed by the Holy Spirit.
If Jesus was so dependent on the Holy Spirit to do life and ministry, how much more do we need to invite the Holy Spirit into our lives daily?
It's not just that we need the Holy Spirit's help. We need the Holy Spirit to take over!
The Spirit is more than helpful; He's our only hope! He is the author and the source of life. According to Ephesians 2, without Him, we’re the equivalent of the walking dead.
If you want to know God’s purpose and plan for the church or you want to know God’s marching orders for you personally, Isaiah 61 and Luke 4 describe what ministry looks like when an individual can authentically say, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me…”
Here are some important questions to ask yourself:
"Is the Spirit of the Sovereign LORD upon me?
"Have I invited the Holy Spirit to live in me and through me today?
"Am I attempting to live each moment in the presence of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit?
"What would this day look like if instead of living it in my limited power and strength I invited the Holy Spirit to live in me and through me?"
Want to know more? Want to know how to walk this out?
Join us at a2 Church this Sunday at 9 or 10:45 or you can watch live on a2tv. You can also check my blog next week as I dive into more of what it looks like what this looks like to live every day powered by the Holy Spirit.