“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to peach 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 of 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.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)
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.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we recognize the gift of Proclaiming. In Old Testament times God anointed a prophet to proclaim messages to the people. In the New Testament, it was often assigned to clergy, though some people have effectively proclaimed the Good News to people. Billy Graham comes to my mind of one who had a message that resounded with generations of people, before he went home to the kingdom and there were a multitude of others. Our Savior Jesus Christ took the same message to people in stories that spoke to whom He was speaking at the time, but the message touched the hearts and minds while He was on this earth, and in the last 2,000 years to many generations, mine included, that was a message that spoke to us directly and lovingly and we are thankful for all that He did and all of the prophets throughout time, the many, many clergy who have taken God’s Word with them wherever they went. Today we also pray those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Your kind words and actions may be cherished by someone you may never even know forever.”
“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.” (Micah 3:8)
The Spirit makes preaching possible. Micah emphasized more forcefully than most writing prophets that the Spirit gave him the prophetic gift. I would have to agree with him on this, from my own personal perspective, though I’m willing to admit that there have been times when someone told me what I said had come from God just for them. I won’t disagree with anyone who makes this statement, because I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit and there certainly have been times when I stood up with a really good sermon that I had written and knew instinctively that it was the wrong message for the day. So, I just simply allowed the Spirit to lead me on what needed to be said and it worked really well. The only negative was that I had no idea what it was that I said that day, as I had literally let the Spirit to take over and didn’t know what it was that had touched the people! My sermon was written based on the Gospel for the day, but apparently what I talked about was not in my written sermon!
“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 you believers 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)
The Holy Spirit provides power for preaching, as I just attested to in today’s remarks on Micah 3:8. The Spirit can give all believers power too proclaim God’s Word of salvation and in fact, it is one of our responsibilities as Christians to do just that; sometimes it is through words, but more often our actions proclaim the message of salvation by the way we treat other people. The church in Jerusalem was the first to send people out to evangelize other areas, and it was paid for by the members who donated what they had, in order to send out missionaries to evangelize outside of Jerusalem, the tag line here is they were blessed by their faithfulness with God’s grace.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood by at my side, and gave me strength so that through the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered the lion’s mouth” (2nd Timothy 4:16-17)
This is most probably the last letter Paul wrote or had written and he was encouraging Timothy to remain strong in his faith and to guard against false teaching, as there were many roaming around the countryside teaching in a way that was not consistent with the Word of God. These false prophets would speak some of God’s Word but then would give a nicer sounding ending, which people not familiar with scripture would not know was wrong and they would take is all as scripture.
Beloved, this is why we must be in God’s Word daily, because if not, you will fall into the trap of being laid astray from God’s Truth. One day, Jesus will return on the 7th trump, and set everything right, as it had been intended to be from the very beginning. Judgment will be made, as Jesus has been given the task of judging all. You do not want to be in the group of ones who were duped by those who would pervert God’s Word into something other than what is was truly saying, but if you don’t study His Word, you will not know the whole truth. He loved us enough to create this world and all that are in it; He created all of us, along with the creatures of the sea and the animals on the ground and in the air; He also sent His Son, our Lord and Savior to bring the message of love that God has for each one of His creations and wants all of to come into the kingdom, but unfortunately, not all will be there. Study and prepare, not just to get into the kingdom, but rather to be apart of the kingdom of heaven.