You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached – how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
This was the theme throughout the ministry of Christ. Whoever sought help to escape the enemy’s grasp was set free by the Lord. The reason He could accomplish this is because His anointing was based upon the power of the Holy Spirit. By the way, this is the same Holy Spirit who’s now resident in us.
So, the big question is why was He able to heal? Was it because of the Old Testament promises that spoke of healing? No, it was because God, the Holy Spirit, was with Him. What we need to come to grips with is the fact that God wants to heal. He doesn’t want anyone bound by the power of the enemy.
So we can see clearly that Jesus’ power was from the Spirit, not from the law. It’s vitally important that we understand this truth. This is the key.
To aid in our realization of this we’ll look at the best example that the Gospel record gives us. We will go to the section of Scripture where the devil and Jesus have their first battle – in the wilderness. The accounts of both Matthew and Luke, together, show the fullness of what happened during this time in Jesus’ life.
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert…
The first thing that we see is that the Lord Jesus allowed Himself to be led by the Spirit. That means that this encounter wasn’t an accident. This event was part of the strategy for victory over sin.
…where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
When Jesus went into the wilderness His intention was to meet with the Father. His desire was to fast and pray for the ministry He was about to begin. In order to do this, Jesus fasted for forty days.
This brings up an interesting question. How important to us is walking in God’s power? How far are we willing to go to obtain it? Are we willing to do a long term fast? Spend time in the wilderness, away from all distractions, seeking God? In most cases I see believers who live for themselves and are simply “trusting God for a breakthrough.”
If we want to see the results of Christ, we need to walk His walk.
Question: How far are you willing to go to walk in the power of God?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013