Scripture:   Isaiah (NIV) 61:1   The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim 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,

Observation:  In chapter 4 of his gospel, Luke tells us that Jesus publically read this very passage in Isaiah at the beginning of his earthly ministry.  He then stated that this prophecy was being fulfilled at that moment.  Jesus was declaring that His coming ministry would not be done in His power as God, the Son.  His ministry would be accomplished in the power of the Holy Spirit empowering Jesus who was living as a flesh and blood man!  In the book of Acts, Luke continued the same emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit.  In the gospel of Luke the Spirit was working through Jesus and in the book of Acts the same Holy Spirit was working through the church. 

Application:  God’s plan for Jesus to depend on the Holy Spirit was God’s plan for the early church and is God’s plan for Leon.  There is no way Leon can ever rely on his own power to accomplish his assigned ministry.  Jesus was aware of Leon’s lack of power and wisdom.  Jesus set aside His power to set an example for Leon.  As Jesus depended on the Holy Spirit, so I have to depend on the Holy Spirit. 

Prayer:   Lord, no one knows me better than you.  You know what I need.  In your wisdom you set the example of depending on the Holy Spirit and in your grace you placed your Spirit in me!  Thank you!  Amen 

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!