Do Not Try This Absent the Person & Presence of the Spirit

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel narrative of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ as it was written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke. More specifically today’s passage begins with the thirty-first verse of the fourth chapter and continues through to the eleventh verse of the fifth chapter. “And came come to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power” (Luke 4:31-32). “And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace and come out of him. And when the devil had throne him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! For with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about” (Luke 4:33-37). “And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them. Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: ;for they knew that he was Christ” (Luke 4:38-41). “And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them. And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee” (Luke 4:42-44). “And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a fraught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken bothering: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they in closed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; For I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the fraught of the fishes which they had taken: and so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him” (Luke 5:1-11). When you come to this particular portion of Scripture you will find a wonderful transition from the time Jesus spent in the synagogue in Nazareth. If you take the time to read the words which are presented in the fourth chapter you will find that after the Lord Jesus overcame the temptation of the devil in the wilderness he would return into Galilee. If there is one thing we must needs recognize and understand when reading the words that are contained here it’s that the Lord Jesus didn’t merely return into Galilee but He also returned in the power of the Spirit. This is something we must needs recognize and acknowledge when reading the words which we encounter here in this portion of the gospel. As you read the words which the beloved physician Luke presents us with here in the fourth chapter you will find an incredible presence of the activity, the movement and the presence of the Holy Spirit. If you begin reading with and from the first and opening verse of the fourth chapter you will find that after Jesus was baptized of John in the Jordan River the heavens would be opened unto Him, the voice of the Father would speak from heaven itself affirming Jesus as being the beloved Son as well as the Holy Spirit descending from heaven in the bodily form of a dove and lightning upon Him. It is this particular truth of the Holy Spirit descending upon the Lord Jesus in the bodily form as a dove which we must needs acknowledge for it helps shine a tremendous light on to the words which are found in the fourth chapter of this New Testament gospel. Oh we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of that which is found in this passage of Scripture for within it we are brought face to face with the activity, the presence, the power and the movement of the Holy Spirit. We cannot truly understand the words and language found in this passage of Scripture without recognizing the powerful activity of the Holy Spirit that is contained therein. Upon beginning to read with and from the opening verse of this chapter you will find that after Jesus had been baptized at the Jordan River and not only heard the voice of the Father affirming Him as His beloved Son with the manifestation of the Holy Spirit descending upon Him in the bodily form as a dove Jesus would return from the Jordan being full of the Holy Spirit. I am absolutely convinced there is an absolutely incredible truth that is found in this passage of Scripture for it would appear that from the time the Lord Jesus emerged from the waters of the Jordan River where he was baptized until this time He would be full of the Holy Ghost. There is something truly unique about the words and language we find in this passage of Scripture for there is a powerful progression which begins with the Holy Ghost descending upon the Lord Jesus in the bodily form of a dove. As we read the words which are present in this passage of Scripture we encounter the awesome and incredible truth surrounding Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost. Pause for a moment and consider how absolutely incredible this truly is as not only would the Holy Ghost descend upon Jesus in the bodily form as a dove but so also would the Holy Ghost now fill the person of the Lord Jesus. Oh I have previously written that in order for Jesus to be full of the Holy Ghost there would have had to have been a divine emptying of Himself that took place when He humbled Himself and took on the form of human flesh. There is not a doubt in my mind that although Jesus was indeed the eternal and only begotten Son of the living God and fully divine He was also one hundred percent man. When Jesus humbled Himself and took on the form of flesh and blood He would lay aside certain divine attributes which He had with the Father. What’s more is that not only would He lay aside some of His divine attributes but also as One who was now flesh and blood He would need to trust and fully rely on the person and presence of the Holy Ghost. I sit here today thinking about and considering the words which we read in this passage of Scripture and I am brought face to face with the incredible truth surrounding the statement that Jesus was indeed full of the Holy Ghost. I firmly believe that in order for the Lord Jesus to be full of the Holy Ghost there would have had to be an emptying of Himself that took place. In taking on the form of flesh and blood and becoming a man Jesus would need to rely on the person, the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit just as much as any other. Despite the fact that Jesus was one-hundred percent God and still very much divine and the image of the invisible God He would need to trust and rely upon the Holy Ghost. In fact I would dare say that since and because Jesus took upon Himself the form of human flesh and limited Himself to a physical body He would desperately need the presence and power of the Holy Ghost. I do not believe there is any coincidence that Luke writes concerning the Lord Jesus that He was full of the Holy Ghost. It would be in the opening verse of the fourth chapter of this New Testament gospel we find Luke writing concerning Jesus how He was full of the Holy Ghost and would return from Jordan. Not only this but we also find in this passage of Scripture the incredible truth that being full of the Holy Ghost Jesus would be led by the Spirit into the wilderness. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of the words which are present in this passage of Scripture for there is not only something we must understand and recognize concerning Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost but also Jesus being led by the Spirit. The more I read the words which are present in this passage of Scripture the more I can’t help but catch a glimpse of the humanity of the Lord Jesus as evidenced by His being full of the Holy Ghost. Stop for a moment and consider the fact that Jesus could have come and dwelt among us having not laid aside any of His divinity not anything he had with the Father from the beginning. Jesus did not have to take upon Himself the form of flesh and blood and could have chosen to come in all the fullness of the living and eternal God. Of course we know from Scripture that this was not at all possible for in order for Jesus to satisfy the righteous and holy demands of the living God He would indeed need to come in the form of flesh and blood and having upon Himself a physical body. It is this concept of the Lord Jesus taking upon Himself a physical body—this temple if you will—we must needs recognize and understand for it calls and draws our attention to the language the apostle Paul wrote in the sixth chapters of the first and second epistles written unto the Corinthian saints. It is in the sixth chapters of each of these epistles the apostle not only speaks of the body of Christ as being the temple of the Holy Spirit but he also speaks of the body as being the temple of the living God. What makes this all the more intriguing when you consider it is when you read the words which the Lord Jesus Himself declared in the court of the Temple when the Jews asked Him what sign He would show them demonstrating His authority and right to overturn the tables of money and drive out the money changers. The Lord Jesus would simply respond by declaring unto them concerning the destruction of the temple and that He would rebuild it in three days. I find it absolutely incredible to read the words which the Lord Jesus spoke in the court of the temple for He would refer to the physical temple of his body rather than the actual Jewish Temple which would stand upon the Temple Mount in the city of Jerusalem. It is this concept of Jesus referring to the physical temple of His body we must needs recognize and understand for it directly coincides and connects to the words we find here. There is not a doubt in my mind that the physical body of flesh and blood which the Lord Jesus had taken upon Himself wa such which needed to be filled with and full of the Holy Ghost. I truly love and appreciate the words which are present in this passage of Scripture for within it we are brought face to face with the incredible truth surrounding Jesus’ need to be full of the Holy Ghost. The simple fact that Luke writes and mentions Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost speaks of His humanity and how being fully human Jesus would not be able to fulfill and carry out that for which the eternal Father desired and sent Him forth to do. I am absolutely convinced when I read the words found in this passage of Scripture that there is tremendous significance centered upon the reality of Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost for it draws and calls our attention to the incredible truth surrounding the need Jesus had to be filled with and full of the Holy Ghost. It was indeed true that the Holy Ghost would descend upon Him in the bodily form of a dove at the waters of the Jordan River, however, we must also recognize and understand that after Jesus returned from the Jordan River He would indeed be filled with the Holy Ghost. This is something we must needs pay close attention to for in order for the Lord Jesus to fulfill and carry out that which He had been called and sent to do He would need to be full of the power and presence of the Holy Ghost. I read the words which are found in this passage of the text and I am absolutely captivated with the truth surrounding Jesus’ being full of the Holy Ghost. The simple fact that Jesus was indeed full of the Holy Ghost suggests the tremendous need He had for the person, the presence and power of the Holy Ghost. Oh we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this and how absolutely incredible it truly is for it brings us face to face with the need the Son of God had for the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus would indeed need the person and presence of the Holy Ghost within and upon Him for He would not have been able to do what He was sent to do apart from it. In fact I would dare say that even before the eternal Logos took upon Himself the form of human flesh and blood it was understood that in taking upon Himself the physical form of flesh and blood He would need to be filled with and full of the Holy Ghost. There is not a doubt in my mind that when we read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture we encounter the wonderful truth surrounding the need the Lord Jesus had for the person and presence of the Holy Spirit within Him. I am absolutely convinced that the Lord Jesus would not have been able to do that which He had been called to do without and apart from the person, the presence and the power of the Holy Ghost. The simple fact that Luke writes of Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost suggests the truly wonderful truth surrounding the incredible need Jesus had for the person and presence of the Holy Ghost in order for Him to carry out that for which He was sent by the Father to carry out and complete in the midst of the earth. The Lord Jesus would need the person and presence of the Holy Spirit for it would be the means the part of Him that was flesh and blood would be able to walk in the fullness of obedience before the eternal and Heavenly Father. The words we see here in this passage of Scripture must needs be carefully considered for they do in fact bring us face to face with the awesome and wonderful truth surrounding the Lord Jesus Christ and how the Lord Jesus would indeed be fully human. We know for a fact that he was indeed one hundred percent divine and had the divine nature within Him, however, it was the part of Him that was human and had flesh and blood that would need the person and presence of the Holy Ghost. Oh I absolutely love what I read within this passage of Scripture for it not only demonstrates the humanity of the Lord Jesus but also the need for the activity, the presence, the power and the movement of the Holy Spirit. The simple fact that Luke wrote concerning Jesus that he was full of the Holy Ghost suggests that in order for Him to carry out and complete that for which He had been called there was a great need for Him to be filled with and full of the Holy Ghost. I firmly believe that since Jesus took upon Himself the form of flesh and blood He would position Himself to need the strength, the presence and the power of the Holy Ghost. I do not believe for one minute that Jesus could have done that which He had been called and sent to do absent and apart from the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. There is a great need to recognize and pay close attention to the words we find here in this passage of Scripture for they bring us face to face with the truth surrounding the humanity of the Lord Jesus and how the Holy Spirit would do more than just come upon and clothe Him but would actually indwell and abide within Him. OH it is with this being said I find it absolutely necessary to call and draw your attention to the following words which are found in the opening chapter of the gospel narrative written by the apostle John as well as the words which are found in second chapter of the epistle written by Paul unto the Philippian saints. Not only this but I would also like to draw your attention to the words which we see in the first and second chapters of the epistle written unto the Hebrews: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, w hose name was John. The same came for a witness to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which ligtheth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father; he hath declared him” (John 1:1-18). “If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in loveliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men; and being found in the fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:1-11). “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: they shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a gestures shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1:1-14). “For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crowned at him with glory and honour, and dust set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:5-18). I am absolutely convinced we must needs recognize and pay close attention to the words which are present in this passage of Scripture for the words we see here in these texts paint a powerful picture that not only did Jesus humble himself in taking upon himself the form of human flesh but He was also the divine and eternal logos who became flesh to walk among us. Scripture makes it very clear that Jesus was indeed one hundred percent and fully human and as a direct result of His being one-hundred percent man He would need to trust and rely upon the Holy Spirit. I am absolutely convinced we must needs pay close attention to the words which are found in the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke for within it we are brought face to face with the incredible truth surrounding the person and presence of the Holy Spirit within and upon the Lord Jesus. I truly love the words and language that is found here in this text for it not only speaks of the humanity of the Lord Jesus but also how in that humanity He would need the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. Scripture reveals how Jesus would return from the Jordan being full of the Holy Ghost and then being led by the Spirit into the wilderness. It would be there in the wilderness Jesus would fast for forty days and forty nights thus not only demonstrating His taking upon Himself the form of flesh and blood but being willing to go lower still and humble Himself even more by allowing Himself to be weak and come to the end of Himself. It would be there in the midst of the wilderness Jesus would indeed come to the end of Himself and allow Himself to be completely and utterly weak. Oh we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this for it brings us face to face with the truth surrounding the Lord Jesus and His being fully and completely weak there in the midst of the wilderness. I sit here today thinking about the words which we find in the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke and I am brought face to face with the fact that not only did Jesus humble Himself in taking on flesh and blood but in the wilderness He would humble Himself even further by deliberately and intentionally coming to the end of Himself. When Jesus finally faced the temptation of the devil He did so being fully human—and not only fully human but also being weakened in His flesh. Having fasted for forty days and forty nights the Lord Jesus would be hungry—and not only would He be hungry but He would also be incredibly weak. Remember that it was in the garden He declared how the spirit was truly willing but the flesh was indeed weak. We must needs understand that the flesh is weak in and of itself but it is made even weaker when we allow ourselves to be given over to fasting—especially fasting for an extended period of time. Oh if there is one thing we must needs recognize and understand when reading this text it’s that the Lord Jesus deliberately and intentionally fasted forty days and forty nights that he might in fact come to the end of Himself for it was when He came to the end of Himself that he would be able to fully trust and rely upon the presence and power of the Holy Ghost. We know that Jesus was affirmed to be the Son of God and yet despite the fact that he was affirmed to be the Son of God by the Father He would still have to trust and rely upon the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. The more I read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture the more I am convinced there is a great need to pay close attention to the words we find in this passage of Scripture for not only did Jesus need the person and presence of the Holy Ghost in the wilderness as He faced the temptation of the devil but He would also need the anointing of the Holy Spirit to carry out and complete that for which He had been called and sent. If you read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture you will find it written how Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost when He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness and after He emerged from the wilderness He would return in the power of the Holy Spirit. Oh there is something we must needs ask ourselves and something I can’t help but wonder—namely whether or not there is a difference between Jesus returning being full of the Holy Ghost and Jesus returning in the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s interesting to note that Luke wrote concerning Jesus that He would return unto Galilee in the power of the Holy Spirit for it would take place after he would empty Himself, after He would come to the end of Himself and after He would be tempted of the devil in the wilderness. There is something we must needs recognize when reading the words we find here in this passage of Scripture for it calls and draws our attention to the incredible truth surrounding the Lord Jesus and how even when He emerged from the wilderness He would do so in the power of the Holy Spirit. What an absolutely incredible truth it is to think about and consider this for what we find here is Jesus having fasted forty days and forty nights and thus becoming hungry and it being at that point where the devil would come unto Him to tempt Him. Jesus would indeed overcome the temptation of the devil in the wilderness and I am convinced that He was enabled to do so through being full of the Holy Ghost. I absolutely love how Luke writes and records how the Lord Jesus returned in the power of the Holy Ghost for this statement would be made AFTER he had fasted forty days and forty nights—and not only after he had fasted forty days and forty nights but also after He had been tempted. Oh if there is one thing we must needs recognize when we read the words found in this passage of Scripture it’s how it is indeed possible to be full of the power of the Spirit after coming to the end of ourselves and even after temptation. There is not a doubt in my mind that there is this strong and intrinsic link between Jesus being tempted of the devil in the wilderness and His returning in the power of the Spirit. It would be in the opening verse of this chapter we find it mentioned how Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost and yet now here we find something interconnected and linked to that but completely different. I can’t help but ask myself and wonder whether or not there is a distinction that is made between being full of the Holy Ghost and moving and operating in the power of the Spirit. There is something truly captivating and telling about the words and language we find in this passage of Scripture for it brings us face to face with the truly wonderful reality of the Lord Jesus having emerged from the wilderness being full of the Holy Ghost—and not only full of the Holy Ghost but also returning in the power of the Spirit. Perhaps the question we must needs ask ourselves is whether or not it could have been said that Jesus was moving and operating in the power of the Spirit in the opening verse of the fourth chapter—even though it speaks of His being full of the Holy Ghost. It’s interesting and worth noting that between being full of the Holy Ghost and returning in the power of the Spirit is the temptation in the wilderness. Oh stop for a moment and consider that particular truth and how between being full of the Holy Ghost and returning in the power of the Spirit there is the temptation—and not only the temptation but also Jesus’ coming to the end of Himself through fasting and allowing His physical flesh to be weak. There is not a doubt in my mind that when we read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture we are directly confronted with the incredible truth surrounding Jesus returning from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit and how incredibly important it truly is. I have previously written that there would be those who would think that after we have heard from the Father as He affirms us as the son and daughter of Him we cannot be led by the Spirit into the wilderness. We would like to think that after we experience the heavens being opened to us, after we hear the voice of the Father speaking to us affirming us as His beloved Son and even after the Spirit descends upon us in the form of a dove the Spirit cannot lead and drive us into the wilderness. I read the words which are found in the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke and I am brought face to face with the fact that it is possible for the Spirit to lead us into the wilderness to be tempted rather than leading us to the mountain to pray or to the sanctuary to worship. Essentially it’s as if the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness where he would encounter and experience a tremendous conflict and battle as the devil would indeed come to Him in His weakened state that he might tempt Him. This is something that has a great revelation for us for not only is it possible for the Spirit to lead us into the wilderness to be tempted but it is also possible to merge from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit. Oh how much I absolutely love the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and how it brings us face to face with the incredible truth that after Jesus was tempted and after Jesus was hungry He would return in the power of the Spirit. We know that angels came and ministered to Him after the tempter departed from Him and yet I believe there is something we need to understand the person and presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you continue reading the words which are found in the fourth chapter of the gospel narrative written by Luke you will find it written how Jesus would return in the power of the Spirit into Galilee and how there would go a fame of him through all the region round about. I have to admit that I am curious how this fame would have go throughout all the region round about Galilee from the time He would return in the power of the Spirit. How much time had elapsed between the time Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit and that which the beloved physician Luke writes here in this passage of Scripture. Scripture makes it very clear that Jesus would return in the power of the Spirit into Galilee and how there would go a fame of him through all the region round about. What’s more is that as you read the words which find in this passage of Scripture you will find Jesus teaching in their synagogues being glorified of all. Luke would write how Jesus would come to Nazareth where he had been brought up and would enter into the synagogue on the sabbath day and stood up to read. There in the synagogue it would be delivered unto Jesus the book of the prophet Isaiah to read. When Jesus had received the prophetic book of Isaiah He would deliberately and intentionally find the place in the sixty-first chapter of the book where the prophet would deliver a wonderful and powerful Messianic prophecy—one which the Lord Jesus would indeed say was fulfilled on that day in their hearing. Oh what a truly incredible thought it is to read this passage of Scripture and see how the Lord Jesus would not only return in the power of the Spirit but now He would deliberately and intentionally declare that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him. What’s more is that not only would Jesus declare that the Spirit of the Lord was upon I’m but he would also declare how the Spirit had anointed Him to preach the gospel to the poor and had sent him to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. OH it is with this in mind I I find it absolutely necessary to call and draw your attention to the words which are found in the sixty-first chapter of the Old Testament prophetic book of Isaiah beginning with the first and opening verse. There is not a doubt in my mind that in order to truly to understand the words which we find in this passage of Scripture we must needs consider the words which are written and recorded in the prophetic book of Isaiah. Having said this I would like to invite you to consider the following words which are found in the sixty-first chapter of the prophetic book of Isaiah beginning with the first verse: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations, and strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers, but ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD; Men shall call you the Ministers of our God: Ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. For your shame ye shall have double; and for your confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: Therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adore the herself with her jewels, for as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden cause the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the LORD God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations” (Isaiah 61:1-11). I am absolutely convinced we need to focus our attention on that which is found in the sixty-first chapter of the Old Testament prophetic book of Isaiah for it is the very text the Lord Jesus would use when in the synagogue of his hometown of Nazareth. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of the words which are found in the fourth chapter of the gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke for it calls and draws our attention—not only to the truth of Jesus returning from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit but also how He would be among those folk from His hometown who knew him the best. There were those who were present in the town of Nazareth who had known Jesus since He had been a young child and supposed Joseph to be His father. There were those in the town of Nazareth who would think and suppose that Jesus was indeed born of Mary and Joseph and yet would have absolutely no understanding that He was the Messiah and the Christ whom the prophet Isaiah had spoken of as being born of a virgin. It would be here in the town of Nazareth we encounter the Lord Jesus Christ being among those who would know Him the best and would know His mother, His brethren and His sisters and would know Him as the son of Joseph the carpenter. Now here we find the Lord Jesus present in the synagogue having read from the place in the prophetic book of Isaiah where the prophet spoke of the Spirit of the LORD being upon him for He had anointed him to preach the gospel to the poor, and had sent him to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Oh we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this for it calls and draws our attention—not only to the power that was present within the person of the Lord Jesus but also the presence of the Spirit upon Him and which had anointed Him. This concept of the power that is spoken of in direct connection to the Lord Jesus is something we must needs understand when reading this text for in the fourteenth verse of this chapter we find the beloved physician writing how Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee. In the eighteenth verse we find Jesus reading from the prophetic book of Isaiah where it was written concerning the Spirit of the Lord being upon the Messiah and the Christ having anointed Him to preach the gospel to the poor and having sent him to heal, to preach, to set at liberty and to fulfill the divine will and purpose of the living God in the midst of the earth. This is something we have a great need of recognizing and paying close attention to for if you continue reading the words which are found in this particular chapter you will find Luke writing concerning those in Capernaum and how they were astonished at his doctrine for his word was with power. Not only do we read the words which are found in this passage and see how Jesus returned from the wilderness unto Galilee in the power of the Spirit but now we read how those in Capernaum were astonished at the doctrine of the Jesus for his word was with power. Not only this but if you continue reading the words presented int his chapter you will find that after He commanded the unclean spirit which possessed and oppressed the man in the synagogue to come out they were all amazed and spoke among themselves concerning the word He preached for with authority and power He commanded the unclean spirits and they came out. Oh please don’t miss and lose sight of this for three times within the fourth chapter of the gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke we find the mention of power with one of those being intrinsically linked to authority. It would be within this chapter we find Luke writing and describing how Jesus would return in the power of the Spirit as well as reading of how his word was with power. Not only would we read of his word being with power but we also read once more of his word being with authority and power as He would command the unclean spirits to come out. I sit here today thinking about and considering the words present in this passage of Scripture for within it we encounter Jesus having returned from the wilderness having been tempted of the devil and having fasted and prayed for forty days. We know from Scripture that after the tempter departed from Jesus for a season until a more opportune time. Even though angels would come and minister unto the Lord Jesus there is something to be said about His returning from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit. When Jesus returned from the waters of the Jordan He would be full of the Holy Ghost and it would be the Spirit who led Him into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. It would be there in the midst of the wilderness Jesus would come to the end of Himself as He would allow His physical flesh to be weakened through fasting. Oh there is not a doubt in my mind that Jesus deliberately and intentionally fasted that His flesh might be weakened and that He might fully trust and rely upon the power, the presence and the person of the Holy Spirit. I firmly believe that the Lord Jesus would give Himself to fasting those forty days and forty nights for it would be through that fasting He would come to the end of Himself and His flesh would indeed be weakened. We know that Jesus entered into the wilderness being full of the Holy Spirit and I am absolutely convinced that He deliberately and intentionally fasted during those forty days and forty nights that He might fully trust and rely upon the Holy Spirit. One of the greatest evidences and manifestations of the presence of the Holy Spirit within our lives is our ability to trust and depend on Him in the various temptations, trials and troubles we face within our lives. We must needs recognize and understand that being full of the Holy Ghost is of absolutely no value to us if we are not willing to fully trust and rely upon Him in every area of our lives. It would be very easy to look at the temptation of the Lord Jesus and completely forget about the fact that when He faced that temptation He would face it being full of the Holy Ghost. When Jesus entered into and was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit He would not face it without and apart from the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. In fact if there is one thing I absolutely love about the opening verse of the fourth chapter it’s that if the Holy Spirit leads you into the wilderness—regardless of whether it’s to be tempted, or tested, or tried—the Holy Spirit can and will be present with you. I do not believe it is any coincidence that Luke first writes and speaks of Jesus returning from the Jordan being full of the Holy Ghost and then the Spirit leading Him into the wilderness for there is a strong connection between Jesus’ being full of the Holy Ghost and His being led by the Spirit. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of the words which are present in this passage of Scripture for the fullness of the Holy Ghost and the leading of the Spirit are intrinsically linked and connected to each other. There is not a doubt in my mind that it was because Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost He was able to endure the temptation which He would experience there in the midst of the wilderness. Luke was very careful to describe how Jesus would return from the Jordan full of the Holy Ghost after writing of the Holy Ghost descending upon Him in the bodily form of a dove. Not only this but Luke was also careful to directly connect the fullness of the Holy Ghost with the leading of the Spirit for those who are indeed full of the Holy Ghost are such who can in fact be led by the Spirit. I sit here today thinking about the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and I can’t help but be reminded of the words the apostle Paul wrote in some of his epistles unto the churches which were in Asia. It would be in the eighth chapter of the epistle written by the apostle Paul unto the saints which were at Rome he would emphatically write of being led and governed by the Spirit while in the fifth chapter of the epistle written unto the Ephesian congregation we find the apostle Paul writing of their need to walk in the Spirit. Oh there is a tremendous need for us to recognize that the fullness of the Holy Ghost within our lives does in fact mean the Spirit can lead us into wilderness places where we can and will be tempted. We dare not and must not think the leading of the Spirit can always and will always lead us beside still waters and cause us to lie down in green pastures. The more we become familiar and acquainted with the activity and movement of the Holy Spirit within our lives the more we can and will be brought face to face with the incredible truth surrounding the fullness of the Holy Ghost being linked directly to the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would lead Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil, however, Jesus would not enter into the wilderness absent of the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. With this being said we must needs understand there is an inherent danger that surrounds those who would try to handle the temptations, the tests, the troubles and the trials they face in their lives absent the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. I am absolutely captivated with the fact that when the beloved physician Luke began the fourth chapter for he would wonderfully and powerfully link the fullness of the Holy Ghost with the leading of the Spirit—something which we have a great need to recognize and pay close attention to if we are to truly walk in the same manner as Christ our Lord walked. It is with this in mind I invite you to consider the following words and language found in the eighth chapter of the epistle written by the apostle Paul unto the saints which were at Rome as well as the words which are found in the fifth chapter of the epistle written unto the churches in Galatia. There is something incredibly unique and powerful about the words and language we find within these passages—as well as the other writings of the apostle Paul—for the apostle Paul was a strong advocate for the personal presence and power of the Holy Spirit within the life of a believer. We must grab hold of this and take it to heart within our own lives for only to the degree and measure we do can and will we be able to move and operate in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. As those who profess and confess Jesus as Lord, as the Christ and as the Son of the living God we must needs commit our lives to walking in the fullness of the Holy Ghost. With this being said we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of the incredible need we have within our lives as those who confess Jesus as Christ and as the Son of the living God to not only walk in the fullness of the Holy Ghost but also to be led by the Holy Spirit. In all reality if you are one who is going to be filled with the fullness of the Holy Ghost then you will by very nature of the person and presence within your own life be one who must needs be led by the Spirit. Not only this but with this being said there is a great need to understand that even if the Spirit does in fact lead you into the wilderness where you will be tempted or leads you into the valley where you will be tested and tried you cannot and will not do so without and apart from the presence and power of the Holy Spirit within your life. Oh with this in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the writings of the apostle Paul concerning the activity of the Holy Spirit within the lives of the believers and those to whom he would write—not only within that generation but also through the generations which would come thereafter: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry. Abba, Father. The Spirit itself heareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ: if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the ear test expectation of the creature Waite the for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaners and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpers our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searchers the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknowledge, he also did predestination to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestination, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified; and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be fore us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s’ elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor p owners, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:1-39). “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. A little leave leaveneth the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? Then is the offense of the cross ceased. I would they were even cut off which trouble you. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the tings that ye would. But if ye be led of the Sprit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revel kings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another” (Galatians 5:1-26). There is a great need for us to pay attention to the words which are found in these passages of Scripture for they call and draw our attention to the incredible important of walking in the Spirit as well as being led by the Spirit. I read the words which are found in the fourth chapter of the gospel narrative written by the beloved physician Luke and I am brought face to face with the truth surrounding Jesus’ being full of the Holy Ghost after coming from the Jordan River and how He was indeed completely and utterly indwelt by the person of the Holy Spirit. This is something we have great need of recognizing and paying attention to for it ties directly into the Spirit leading Him into the wilderness for there is a profound truth surrounding—not only being led by the Spirit but also being led by the Spirit being full of the Holy Ghost. I am absolutely captivated with the truth surrounding the language Luke used within this passage of Scripture we are brought face to face with the reality of the Lord Jesus being led by the Spirit while also being full of the Holy Ghost. What a truly awesome and powerful truth surrounds the Lord Jesus and how He was not only one who was full of the Holy Ghost but was one who was led by the Holy Spirit—even though the Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness where He would be tempted. What’s more is there is something we must needs recognize when reading the words found here in this passage of Scripture for within it we find the Spirit leading Jesus into the wilderness and yet we find Jesus deliberately and intentionally choosing to fast during those forty days and forty nights. As if it weren’t enough for Jesus to be led into the dry and barren wilderness He would also fast forty days and forty nights and would immediately be followed by the tempter. Even with this being said, however, there is something which must needs be considered for although the Lord Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness and although the Lord Jesus was indeed hungry and His flesh was weak He would fully trust and rely upon the Holy Spirit. I read the words which we find in this passage of Scripture and I am confronted with the fact that when the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness He was full of the Holy Ghost. It would be the fullness of the Holy Ghost that would truly enable Jesus to resist and overcome the temptations which He would face in the midst of the wilderness. I absolutely love the words which we find in this passage of Scripture for within it we are brought face to face with Jesus who was full of the Holy Ghost and led by the Spirit into the wilderness as well as Jesus who would return in the power of the Spirit after being tempted in the wilderness and after He had fasted forty days and forty nights. If there is one thing we need to recognize and understand when reading the words found in this passage of Scripture it’s that even after Jesus returned from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit He was most likely still hungry. We know that angels came and ministered unto Him, however, what we must also recognize is that He resisted the temptation to turn stones into bread. The Lord Jesus Christ would not use His divine power, His relationship to the Father as the Son nor even the presence and power of the Spirit to transform stones into bread. Moreover He would not do it to satisfy His own needs, wants and even His own desires. Oh He would indeed bless, break and multiply the loaves of bread and the fish that He might feed the five thousand men which didn’t include women and children. What’s more is that Jesus would also bless and break the loaves of bread and fish that He might feed four thousand on a completely separate occasion. He would not use His divine power, nor His relationship to the Father as the Son to turn stones into bread, however, he would bless, break, multiply and distribute loaves of bread and fish that the multitudes might be fed and fed to the full. I sit here today thinking about the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and I man confronted with the incredible truth surrounding the Lord Jesus and His being full of the Holy Ghost and being led by the Spirit into the wilderness. Later on in this passage of Scripture we find the Lord Jesus returning from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit and then professing the words the prophet Isaiah prophesied concerning the Spirit of the Lord being upon the Messiah and Christ and anointing and sending Him. This is something we must needs recognize and pay close attention to for within this passage of Scripture we find Luke describing the tremendous activity of the person and presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. Within this passage we are directly confronted with the truth surrounding the Spirit’s involvement with the person of the Lord Jesus as the Lord Jesus would not speak that which He did not hear the Father speak and He would not do that which the Father had not commanded Him. With this being said we must needs recognize that those works which the Lord Jesus did in fact do while He was among us in the flesh were not done absent and apart from the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. As we read the words which are found in the fourth chapter we discover that not only did Jesus not confront the tempter in the wilderness without and apart from the presence of the Holy Spirit but He would also not engage Himself in the works for which He was sent without and apart from the person, presence and power of the Holy Spirit. There is something truly astonishing and remarkable about the words which we find here in this passage of Scripture for we see a truly powerful picture of the movement and activity of the Holy Spirit—not only in the midst of the wilderness and being tempted of the devil but also in the works which the Father had sent and ordained Jesus of Nazareth to do. The more I consider the words found in this passage of Scripture the more I am confronted with the truly wonderful reality of the Lord Jesus being One who was indeed anointed by the Holy Spirit. It would be the Holy Spirit who would not only anoint Him but would also send Him with and for a very specific purpose in the midst of the earth. We cannot read the words found in this passage of Scripture and not encounter and come face to face with the truth of the Lord Jesus and His being anointed by the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord to carry out and fulfill that for which He had been ordained and appointed. The Lord Jesus would not face the tempter in the wilderness without and apart from the person and presence of the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus would not engage Himself in the works which were before Him without the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. Oh that we would recognize and understand the truth surrounding the language of this passage and how intimately involved the Holy Spirit was in the personal life of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even the Lord Jesus would describe and speak of driving out demons and unclean spirits by the finger of God which in another gospel would be described as the Spirit of God. There is a mighty and powerful revelation we find within this passage of Scripture and how the Lord Jesus would indeed be led and governed by the person of the Holy Spirit within and throughout His public ministry. There would not be a single thing the Lord Jesus Christ would do during those three and a half years—including enduring the suffering, enduring the shame, enduring the scorn, enduring the slaps, enduring the spitting and enduring the spikes of the cross without and apart from the person of the Holy Spirit. If there is one thing the temptation of the Lord Jesus demonstrated it was whether or not He would fully trust and rely upon the person of the Holy Spirit. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this for the same principle is true within our own lives and whether or not we are those who are indeed walking in the Spirit, being led by the Spirit and even filled with the Holy Spirit. As I prepare to bring this writing to a close I absolutely love the words which are presented in this passage of Scripture for within it we are confronted with the awesome and powerful reality of the Lord Jesus Christ and His complete and utter dependence upon the person and presence of the Holy Spirit. I continue to believe that if not even Jesus who was one hundred percent man and moved and operated in the outer shell of flesh and blood could not do so absent and without the person and presence of the Holy Spirit then how on earth would we think we would be able to do the same. There is something we must recognize and acknowledge when we read the words found in this passage of Scripture for it brings us face to face with our own need for the person and presence of the Holy Spirit within our lives. We as the saints of God must needs be those who are ready, willing and able to be such who are not only full of and filled with the Holy Spirit but also those who are willing to be led by the Spirit and follow Him wherever he leads and wherever He guides us. There must be a profound willingness within our hearts and lives to be those who walk with and follow the Lord Jesus Christ and do so being filled with and full of the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus was full of the Holy Ghost, was led by the Spirit, returned in the power of the Spirit and was anointed and sent by the Holy Spirit which serves as a powerful roadmap and picture for how we as the disciples of His must needs operate within this generation we are living in. Oh that we would be a people who are filled with and full of the Holy Spirit, a people who are led by the Spirit, a people who have the power of the Spirit within and upon our lives and a people who are anointed and led by the Spirit in every area of our lives as we fulfill the purpose and assignment for which we have been placed upon the earth and walk in obedience to the living and eternal God.

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