September 18, 2017: SOAP #2846: Ezekiel 45-46; Luke 1 Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 1: 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.   14 He will be a joy and delight [...]

September 18, 2017: SOAP #2846: Ezekiel 45-46; Luke 1

Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 1: 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.   14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

Observation:   John the Baptist was to prepare the way for Jesus.  He was to go ahead and make sure people knew who was coming.    In verse 15 we read that John the Baptist would be filled with the Holy Spirit from birth.   Later, in verse 41 we read that John's mother Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit when she received a visit from her cousin"Mary.   She had been pregnant for six months.   Then when the baby John was being presented at the temple, his father, Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Application:   In many ways I have a ministry like John the Baptist.   I am to interact with people in my world and let them know Jesus is coming.   Jesus desires to come into their lives.   And Jesus is coming back soon to gather His followers to Himself.

Prayer:   Holy Spirit, I am depending on your infilling every day to accomplish your assignment.  I need to be walking in full awareness of your presence.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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