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FULL OF THE SPIRIT - LUKE 4

Faith Student Ministries just wrapped up an intense event called Reverb.  Its purpose was to encourage and equip students as they learn to love God, love people, and make disciples. The students were presented with the opportunity to learn about these subjects in a classroom environment, then practice what they learned in a practical way by sharing their faith on the streets of Dallas and sending gospel-centered letters to their lost friends back at home.  Many times the students were afraid and weren’t sure what to expect, because they didn’t feel ready to be so bold. However, their obedience to share Jesus’ Good News produced amazing fruit, as students stepped out of their comfort zone and into the panic zone where the Holy Spirit showed His strength in spite their weakness. It is such an awesome privilege to see the Spirit move in and through students.  

I’m reminded of our reading in Luke 4. Four times the Holy Spirit is mentioned in this chapter as Jesus begins His public ministry. In verse one, Jesus is full of the Spirit and led by the Spirit as He is tempted by Satan. In verse fourteen, Jesus returns to Galilee in the power of the Spirit as He begins His teaching ministry. Jesus also claims to be anointed by the Spirit as He teaches the religious lost in Nazareth.

What an incredible window into the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus as we read Luke 4! What an incredible model we have in Jesus! Disciple-making is serious business and is not for the faint of heart. It cannot be accomplished in the flesh. It is a work of the Holy Spirit, working in us and through us. As children of God we have received the gift of the Holy Spirit and get to see Him work in our lives the same way He worked in the life of Jesus! Remember: when you feel empty, the Spirit fills you up. When you are tempted, the Spirit leads the way. When you are weak, the Spirit is your power! And when you feel you have no authority, the Holy Spirit has anointed you and gives you authority!

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DO YOU HAVE A PLAN "B"?

In our digital comprised, bullet fast, “get it done yesterday” world that we currently live in, it seems that everything has to be executed on a timetable to ensure maximum efficiency. We have a myriad of methods for planning and organizing our days and activities. Business leaders, economists, and organizational specialists all advise us that after developing our long-term master plan that we should then develop our fallback plan, or plan “B”, just in case our master plan fails or does not work out as we expected.

In September of 1980, singer and songwriter John Lennon wrote and dedicated a song to his youngest son, Sean. The title of the track was “Beautiful Boy.” In this song Lennon is talking to his son and giving him advice and tells him they have a long road ahead of them. One line says “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” Three weeks after the release of the album Lennon was shot and killed. 

Life seldom goes as we plan. In Psalms 62:1&2 David tells us “For God alone I patiently wait; he is the one who delivers me. He alone is my protector and deliverer. He is my refuge; I will not be upended.”

My master plan is to wait patiently on God. He is my Father, Protector, and Deliverer. Regardless of how wrong things may appear to be, I will not be upended!

 

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