The Holy Spirit is the provider of all the power and authority given to us to do the work of the ministry.
As a soaring hawk is upheld by the invisible wind, so we should be sustained and guided by the invisible power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the provider of all the power and authority given to us to do the work of the ministry.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
The Holy Spirit was the life of Jesus on earth and interacted with Him in six ways, as outlined in the Gospel of Luke. This is crucial for us to understand because if Jesus needed the Holy Spirit, how much more do we?
The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus.
And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22
At Jesus’ baptism, the heaves opened above Him, giving Him free access to everything in heaven. We want to live under that open heaven, that whatever pours out upon is us a good blessing. We need to be connected with the Spirit that way, that the Spirit will descend upon us, organizing all of us like pieces in a puzzle to accomplish His plans.
2. The Holy Spirit filled Jesus.
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan… Luke 4:1a
What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? Pastor Miles gave the example of being properly hydrated with water throughout the day. If you drink the 100 ounces of recommended water and are filled appropriately, you will need to use the restroom frequently throughout the day. Similarly, if you are filled with the Spirit, He will flow out of you all day long!
3. The Holy Spirit led Jesus.
[Jesus ] was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. Luke 4:1b-2
We are filled with the Spirit not only to have Him, but to follow His leading. Sometimes the Holy Spirit leads us into uncomfortable places, but if we trust Him, He will lead us through that discomfort and purify us in the process.
4. The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus.
Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. Luke 4:14-15
In doing the work of the ministry, we should never rely on our own power, but the power of the Spirit. When we pray for healing, we are not the ones who bring healing – only God can do that. Sometimes our faith is a factor, and sometimes it’s now, but it is always done by the power of the Holy Spirit and is not under our control.
5. The Holy Spirit anointed Jesus.
“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.” Luke 4:18-19
Anointed means “set apart” for something and empowered to accomplish it. Jesus was anointed to do the works he claimed in this passage, and the Holy Spirit anoints each of us for similar works which He has prepared for us to do.
6. The Holy Spirit gave Jesus authority.
Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority. Luke 4:31-32
While power is the ability to do something, authority is the license to use that power. The devil has the power to destroy your life, but he has no authority to do that unless you give it to him; you may do this unknowingly, just by listening to his advice, agreeing with his lies, and pursuing his plans to ruin you.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19-20
All authority has been given to Jesus, and He gives that authority to us. We must believe it, embrace it, and walk in it by the power of the Holy Spirit!