“But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.” (Micah3:8)
The Spirit makes preaching possible. Micah emphasized more forcefully than most writing prophets that the Spirit gave him the prophetic gift. The gift of prophecy included both the content of the message (justice) and the power and courage to deliver the message effectively.
Prophecy, therefore, included both medium and message. The Spirit continues to lead people to recognize and confess sin. Sadly, false preachers, not led by the Spirit continue to please people rather than listen to God. All preachers are to be held to a higher degree of accountability, and for those false preachers, not leading their flock to God in good times and not, will lead them seriously wanting at the time of judgment.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have anointed those whom You spoke through carefully, and the responsibility for them to speak to Your people is real. Today we pray for all those who speak for you as lay or clergy, to always pray for Your strength to speak boldly, honestly, and truthfully. Let our words always be Your words and not our own. Let the strength of Your words always ring true and open the hearts, minds and ear of those who are present to hear Your message and then to apply them to their daily lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Count your blessings, not your problems.”
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead or mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (Isaiah61:1–3)
When we faithfully proclaim the gospel, God anoints that proclamation. He fills it with power. What God commands us to do, He enables us to do. God does not call the equipped. He equips the called. We experience great joy when we sense the anointing of God upon our lives. When we rest wholly on Him and are in obedience to His Word. He fills us with His presence and power. Some proclamation is without this anointing. Even this kind of proclamation is not without effect because the Word of God is alive, powerful, and as sharp as a two-edged sword. How tragic it is, however, for God to have to work through sin and rebellion in the life of the proclaimer. The anointed proclamation of the prophet was directed to groups of people often ignored by society’s power brokers. Proclamation has content bringing hope to people in need. Clear enough?
“Proclamation, Anointing:” (Philippians1:14-18)
Although suffering in prison at the time of this letter, Paul saw good emerging from his suffering as others preached the gospel. God can use our troubles and suffering to spread His gospel. The content of the gospel, not the life or work of the preacher, provides salvation. This gives us reason to rejoice even as we suffer, beloved. Paul’s imprisonment and pain became the inspiration for his co-laborers to speak God’s revelation to people through the regions, Paul had visited. The spirit of God uses difficult event as opportunities to reveal His strength. We do not stand in judgment over the motives of others. We rejoice that people hear the gospel.
Second Thought of the Day:
“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. All the believes were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:31-33)
Through prayer the disciples continued to receive revelation (John 14:16-17 ‘And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth.’). The Holy Spirit can give all believers power to proclaim God’s Word of salvation.
The Spirit makes ministry for God possible. Jesus used this passage as a text for the first sermon He preached. He claimed to fulfill Isaiah’s promise in His ministry. So Jesus understood that the Spirit of God gave Him prophetic power to preach God’s message and to provide salvation for oppressed people. Jesus calls us to minister as He did. The Spirit will empower our ministry as it did His.