“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Isaiah 61:1-2, NKJV).
Last weekend I had an experience with the Lord that I believe will be meaningful to you, as we continue our discussion, “How to be Led by the Spirit.” In my private prayer time, early in the morning at home, I sensed a strong leading to read the above passage. I felt from the Lord that I should do a word-study and mine the deeper meaning of some key words. I want to share some of this experience with you and how it led to a time of ministry in our church.
This Isaiah passage was prophetic in nature, as it pointed to Jesus’ ministry centuries later. In Luke, chapter 4, we see Jesus begin His ministry by recognizing and acknowledging this passage before those present with him in the synagogue. He picked up the scroll of Isaiah, the passage above: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19, NKJV).
It’s the same passage! But what made the Luke passage different is that when Jesus finished reading it, He handed it back to the attendant and looking at everyone, sat down (I’m sure, for effect) and said, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (V.21). In the synagogue there was an empty chair that was reserved for the Messiah for when He would come. What created such a stir in the crowd, in part, was that Jesus sat down in this chair.
Let’s fast-forward to today; to you and me. If you are a believer in Christ Jesus, some important biblical truths must be embraced for you to experience the impact of these passages: 1) Because Jesus died for you, was buried, rose again and is now seated at the right hand of God, the same is true for you. And 2) in Christ, you died, were buried with Him, arose with Him and positionally, you are now seated with Him in heavenly places (See Colossians 2:12-15; Ephesians 2:6).
This means every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (See Ephesians 1:3) is yours too; what is Christ’s is also yours – you are a co-heir with Him (See Romans 8:17). Sunday morning, I sensed the Lord had a prophetic declaration for the church. As I prayed about it, this is what I felt He was saying: “The Spirit of breakthrough is here, but you must receive it.” When I announced this to the congregation during our time of worship, you could sense the presence of God in a special way, working in hearts. I believe this word is as much for you as it was for them. Can you receive it?
More next week!
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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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