January 5, 2018: SOAP #2955:  Genesis 12-14; Luke 5 Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 5:17 One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick. [...]

January 5, 2018: SOAP #2955:  Genesis 12-14; Luke 5

Scripture:  Luke (NIV) 5:17 One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick.

Observation:    In reading through the chapters of Luke, I have been drawn to verses that show the ministry of the Holy Spirit working through Jesus.   Although the Holy Spirit is not specifically mentioned here, it seems clear to me that the 'power' is not His own power for that would have always been with Him.   To me, this is referring to the Holy Spirit that came on Him when baptized by John, and to which He spoke in the synagogue in Luke 4:18.

Application:    It is a powerful moment when I become aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit.   It is a moment filled with possibilities.   It is a moment when I expect that God will do what only God can do.   It is a moment when human limitations give way to divine possibilities.  It is a 'nothing-is-impossible' moment when hope drives out despair.   It is a moment when my faith soars.

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, the awareness of your presence"it is life-changing! It changes the course of my thoughts, my hopes and dreams.      Amen

Pastor Leon
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