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A Call to Arms

As much as John, in his 12th chapter, shows us the path to life through Jesus’ gut wrenching decision to obey what God was requiring of Him, so Luke here in this 4th chapter shows us the means by which He was able to make that decision; “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit”.  He was so full that as a fire it burned heaven in and hell out.  He was so full of heaven that when hell reared its head to tempt Him, He spotted it.  He was so full that it was not tempting.

“In the power of the Spirit”, He returned to Galilee where “news about him spread throughout the countryside”.  In the power of the Spirit He spoke with authority and healed many who were sick.  While teaching in a synagogue, He drove a demon – an evil spirit – out of a man.  Are demons – evil spirits – as comfortable in today’s churches as they were then in the synagogues? 

By our not being ‘full of the Holy Spirit’, do we not readily spot them?  By our not being full of ‘the power of the Spirit’, do we not have the authority to demand they leave our presence?

The world is waiting – actually the church is waiting – not for another book to be written or sermon to be preached, but for a demonstration of this power.  When there is this demonstration, ‘news will spread throughout the countryside’.  Individually, while we are waiting on God to change us, He is waiting on us to fill ourselves with Him that we might be changed.

Luke, who has already seen the events of which he writes in the book of Acts, cannot help but to weave the same into his Gospel account.  To him, the Spirit was the key for the disciple’s transformation that resulted in boldness and power.  It was the key to Jesus being able to do all that He did.  And the key to this key . . . “At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place”. 

There are no shortcuts in Christianity.  There is a battle going on, whether we realize it or not.  It is a battle that the men of Christianity must absolutely engage in if we are to see anything newsworthy.  Until the men – the valiant men – the warriors among us – rise up and ‘go out to a solitary place’, where battles are fought and won, evil will wander comfortably and roll vehemently enticing and destroying everything in its path.  It is time to man up and reclaim the territory that is God’s.

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