Isaiah 61:1. “The Spirit of GOD, the Master, is on me because GOD anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners. GOD sent me to announce the year of his grace— a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies— and to comfort all who mourn.”
On the day of Pentecost God’s Spirit descended on man anointing him and enabling him to speak in different tongues, prophesy, heal the sick, drive out demons and to do all and more that Christ did on earth. The outpouring was sudden, violent and impactful. The book of Acts is very descriptive of the event. It tells us what happened and how, it even gives us insight into the aftermath, but it doesn’t tell us why God anointed man so. That reasoning is found in today’s verse.
It has been argued that the rich have already chosen their God which is why we are asked to preach to the poor, but the Bible uses the word poor to describe the state of our hearts rather than the state of our pockets. Without God in our lives we are indeed impoverished and need to be enriched by the word of God.
Evil abounds in this world and as such our hearts often break. We may be able to patch them up occasionally and go our way but undoubtedly they break again. The only thing that can permanently heal a broken heart is the Holy Spirit’s use of the Word of God in our lives. No matter what you’re going through there is a word just for you. God’s word will never fade (Isaiah 40:8)
Sin holds us bondage, tying us down to this world, when God seeks to draw us closer to Himself. Creeping into the enemy’s lair to declare that everyone who wants to be is indeed already set free requires a boldness of spirit and solid backup. The Holy Spirit has always got our back.
Romans 6: 23 tells us “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NIV), but not every believes it. Sometimes this is because we hold on to offenses people have committed against us. Instead of declaring freedom, we are holding people prisoners. As we pray the Lord’s Prayer we may be putting ourselves in jail too if we do not forgive those who trespass against us. With the anointing of the Holy Spirit we are free and can free others
We didn’t do anything to deserve the anointing of the Holy Spirit or God’s favour. That’s all the more reason to tell everyone about it. God has fought your battles, destroyed enemies on your account, sacrificed His own Son for you. Are you really going to keep quiet? (Luke 19:40)
The Christian walk is not easy all the time. Actually it’s more difficult than it it easy. Some will fall off the path and others will die trying. That leaves those of us behind to mourn, but through the power of the Holy Spirit we can find comfort and joy in the faith that we will be reunited as one family (Psalm 30:11)
It seems like a tall order and most likely that is why we need the Holy Spirit; to be able to achieve it all.
Think About This
Have you received the Holy Spirit?
What are you doing with Him?
Dear Lord, I pray to be filled with Your Spirit, but then refuse to work with Him. I’m sorry, teach me to surrender myself fully so that I may be used by Him. In Jesus name I pray. Amen