Anointed By the Spirit
The devotionals this month are about the Holy Spirit. In some ways for many Christians, God the Father is a distant dad, but also for many Christians the Holy Spirit is a presence they are confused about. Yet he has a critical role within the Trinity. In fact, he is the one whose presence authenticated Jesus as the Messiah. Peter the Apostle said this in Acts 10:
You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him (Acts 10:38).
Anointing meant to be placed in a position of authority with God. In the Old Testament, it normally was done with oil. With Jesus of Nazareth, the anointing was not done with oil but by the Holy Spirit. As a result, Jesus went about doing good and healing people who were oppressed by the devil. We should not only know what the Holy Spirit does for us, but also what he has done in the history of the Bible. Why? This will give us confidence about the person and the work of him who is within us. If the one who designated Jesus as the Messiah is within us, we have wonderful privileges and a powerful person helping us.