TODAY: JULY 29, 2021
Today’s Devotion Written by Pastor Aaron David Werner
Launched by the Spirit
Eight-Week Summer 2021 Devotion Series
The Power of God
Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and…he began to teach in their synagogue, saying:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:14-15, 18-19
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power…he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
God gives us all some power, some ability to author our lives, however curtailed or imprisoned by malevolent people or mercurial circumstance. God’s Spirit, coursing through us, shouts out, “Seize the day! Fight for love and do not stop!” The Power of God is our birthright given in baptism:
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Jesus did not shy away from his Spirit-given authority. He incarnated God’s power, healing people, feeding people, and loving people who others did not want healed, fed, and loved.
This makes me think of Edna Mode, a character from the Disney/Pixar movie The Incredibles, reminding the superhero mom, Helen Parr, that she has the power to do something about her situation. Check out the clip here: https://youtu.be/UBfb77G47hU
How is God’s Spirit’s prodding you, empowering you, to do good, serve others, and make the world a better place today?
I pray we can all declare, as the Prophet Micah did, “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the Lord.” Micah 3:8
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and a wise heart. 2 Timothy 1:7