“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)
That is what I need, without a doubt. What’s that? What do you need without a doubt? I need your anointing to do the work of ministry. That is correct. How do you know this to be true? I can’t tell you how many times I have powerlessly and ineffectively tried to minister to others with my own power and strength. Operating under my own power and strength is a fruitless endeavor that can only end in discouragement and defeat. Nothing will weary a person faster than trying to minister to others without your power. This sounds like the voice of your experience. Yes, it is. What will you do differently, now that you have such a wealth of experience? I will rely on you. I will ask for your help. I will ask you to empower me with your Spirit. I will allow you to work in and through me. It will me my hope and purpose and plan to live as a vessel that you can use. That’s an important thought. What will hinder your use as my vessel? Any unconfessed sin will hinder your ability to use me. So, I will confess all my sins to you. I will ask for your forgiveness and cleansing. I will submit my life to you. I will seek to fully live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask me. I will join you in the work I see you doing. I will allow myself to be a tool in your hands. That will be very good. I will use you to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. I will work in and through you. My hand will be on you. My Spirit will fill and empower you. You will bear fruit for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. Thank you, Lord.
You mentioned that you would join me in the work I am doing. Yes, I did. What kind of work do you expect to see me doing? I expect to see preaching of good news to the poor, proclaiming freedom for prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, and release to those who are oppressed. The opportunities you bring before me, to serve you, will no doubt look something like this work. Yes, it will. Keep your eyes open and join me in what I am doing. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Holy Spirit, without your anointing I’m powerless to do the work of ministry. My efforts alone will end in failure. So, I will rely on you to anoint me to minister to others. Powerfully use me to bring good news, freedom and release to all those who are in bondage. Amen
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