Thought for the Day #222
HIS ANOINTING SPIRIT
Luke 4:18-19†† (New American Standard Bible)
††††††††††† ďThe Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
††††††††††† Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
††††††††††† To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.Ē
These wonderful words of Jesus, remind us of the purpose for which he came. We were in bondage.† His sacrifice at the whipping post and the cross for our healing and redemption was motivated by our need for his compassion and ministry.†
His resurrection was certification that the Lamb of God had paid the sacrificial price required that we might be set free from the bondage of the law of sin and death.†
Surely, the Spirit of the Lord rested upon him.† His anointing still touches us today.† It is by His anointed spirit that the truth of Godís deliverance is extended to this generation.† Just as He ministered to those of his day, he ministers to us today.†
The good news of the Gospel enlightens us with truth and understanding.† We live without condemnation and judgment for our misdeeds and sin. The bondage of our guilt is broken.† We are no longer imprisoned by the forces of darkness and evil.†
God heals the broken hearts and the blinded spirit of those who will come to him. Spiritual oppression can no longer hold Godís children in captivity. Forces of evil have no power to captivate the Redeemed of the Lord.
Indeed, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has set us free. The truth of His Word and the anointing of His Spirit renew us daily. We have reaped the abundant victory of His resurrection. Let us walk in the victory of His anointing Spirit.
Dear Heavenly Father, I have a tendency to forget what Jesus has done for me. Sometimes discouragement and unbelief try to steal my liberty. I fail to live uprightly in your presence. Please forgive me. I ask your anointed Spirit to rest upon me. Guide me into the fullness of your liberty. I pray all of this in the name of Jesus. Amen.