“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me…” (Isaiah 61:1, NKJV).
I want to bridge our last series, “How to be Led by the Spirit” with a new one beginning this week, “The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Breakthrough” by looking at the same opening passage of Scripture. I’ve intentionally abbreviated it for the sake of emphasizing a couple of points. God has given each of us a clearly understood process by which we may know Him, walk with Him and experience His power in our lives, if we will follow some simple steps.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me…” As we learned last week, while this was a direct reference to Jesus, because we are in Him as believers, we may declare this for ourselves as well. How does the Spirit of the Lord God come upon us? We know that when we receive Christ Jesus as Lord, His Spirit comes in and breathes life upon our spirit. Until that time, we are spiritually dead and only through faith in Christ do we have eternal life.
There is a difference between the Spirit of Christ living in you and coming upon you. I’m sure you are aware of the way influence works. Simply put, the more you spend time with someone the more like them you become – you take on their mannerisms, vocabulary, and ideals, etc. It is the same principle in our relationship with God. Jesus demonstrated this by spending blocks of meaningful time with His Father. How do we apply this? By spending quality time with the same Holy Spirit, reading the Word of God and in prayer, our life will be transformed into the life of Jesus (See Colossians 3:10).
Gifts of the Spirit (See 1 Corinthians 12:4-11) begin operating in our lives organically, as they did in Jesus. What’s even more important than these are the Fruit of the Spirit (See Galatians 5:22-23). The fruit points to the evidence of the tree itself. We may try to dress like Jesus; wear the cross necklace and have a Christian bumper sticker on our car, but when we are truly Christ-like, we behave like Him; those qualities of “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control” will be visible for all to see regardless of outward pressure.
“…because the Lord has anointed Me…” The word “Anointed” in the Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament, and the Greek, that of the New Testament is the same: “To rub in, or to smear the presence of God; the communication or reception of the Spirit of God.” (Hebrew Greek Dictionary). When someone is anointed for a special purpose, for which God has called them, the anointing marks them for ministry with the empowerment to fulfill the intended purpose.
We come to Jesus, the baptizer with the Holy Spirit and fire (See Matthew 3:11), as those called out, for a fresh filling of His Spirit. Unfortunately, due to life’s challenges, our faith and anointing leaks. Spending time with Jesus rubs His presence in afresh, to not only face life, but, “To reign in life” (Romans 5:17, ESV).
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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