Isaiah 61:3- “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 door to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness..”

 

Luke 4:16-22-“So He cane to Nazareth where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He 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.’ Then He closed the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’ So all bore witness to Him and marveled at the gracious words, which proceeded out of His mouth. “

 

Jesus told his disciples that the works that He did while He was with them would be the same works and greater that they would do by the power of the Holy Spirit if they believed. Keep that in mind in light of the two verses above. I’m one of those people who believe everything that the Bible says. I believe everything that Jesus says. Thus, I believe Him when He says that we will do greater things. Now, that implies that we already have found favor with God. It implies that we already are anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit if we have received Him.

 

I think we waste so much time praying and asking God for the very thing that He has already given us. We ask for favor. We pray for anointing. Double portions of anointing. We pray for more power. I believe that God has equipped us with all of the favor, anointing, and power that we need to ruin every one of Satan’s schemes. When Jesus stood up in the synagogue and took that scroll from the attendant, he searched for that specific prophecy to read. It was not by accident. By the same token, I believe that it is no accident that this is found in 2 places in the Bible. Jesus fulfilled that prophecy many times over, but I believe that those words are still active until Jesus comes back again. So, what does that mean?

 

It means that you and I have been anointed by the Spirit of God to preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to give sight to the blind, to proclaim liberty to the oppressed, etc. Don’t believe me? In Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples, he tells them to go into all of the world and preach the gospel, and as they went forth preaching and baptizing, signs would follow them. They would cast out demons, heal the sick, be bitten by snakes and not poisoned. Basically, he summarized the same prophecy from Isaiah that He astounded the synagogue dwellers with. He put it into their hands. They didn’t have to pray for it. As soon as they were filled by the Spirit, they went right fulfilling the work that they had been charged to do.  Nowhere do we read after that, that they spent time asking for more power or for more anointing. They just did the work, and as they did the work, the power, favor, and anointing came out of them.  Sure, they waited on the Spirit to direct them, but they were forward thinking and forward moving, intent on accomplishing everything that they could while there was still breath in their lungs!

 

I used to spend so much time on my knees, begging God for favor and anointing to change the world for Him. Standing in prayer lines to receive a prayer from the Pastor that would somehow change my life and make me a superhero for God. Maybe some of you have done it as well.  I’ve seen people on television charging money for items that are sure to “unlock God’s power in your life, or reveal God’s destiny for your life.” Ugh, it makes me sick to my stomach. As the magician in Acts learned, you can not purchase the Spirit of God. All you need is to receive the Spirit of God and allow Him to do His perfect work in your life.  While I was listening to a song yesterday, God hit me so hard with the fact that it’s already in us. It’s in us. Favor is in us. Grace is within us. Anointing is within us. Love is within us. And all of this is made possible because the Spirit of God is within us. So, all we have to do it just get to work! Do the work, and the power will show itself. Do the work, and the gifts will follow.

 

Man, this just makes me excited. Let’s get busy!

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