Prologue: Depend on God’s Spirit

…You won’t succeed by might or by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Armies. Zechariah 4:6 GW 

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was totally dependent on the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father. Everything about Him, from His conception to His resurrection, was a result of the Spirit’s work. Scripture says…

• He was conceived by the Spirit – Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:31-35.
• He was led by the Spirit – Matthew 4:1; Luke 4:1.
• He was empowered by the Spirit – Luke 4:14, 18-19; John 3:34.
• He was taught by the Spirit and obeyed Him – John 5:19-20, 30; 14:10.

Carefully meditate on Jesus’ declaration of dependence:

I can guarantee this truth: The Son cannot do anything on his own. He can do only what he sees the Father doing. Indeed, the Son does exactly what the Father does. The Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing…. I can’t do anything on my own. As I listen to the Father, I make my judgments. My judgments are right because I don’t try to do what I want but what the one who sent me wants. (John 5:19-20, 30 GW)

What is the Holy Spirit revealing to you about Jesus’ relationship with Him? How does this encourage and challenge you?

Adapted from The Holy Spirit: An Introduction (Messenger International, 2013).

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6 replies to “Prologue: Depend on God’s Spirit

  1. Judy Andrews

    Jesus depended totally on what he heard from the father… he knew that his guidance was the only voice he could listen to. For me it reveals how I have allowed my emotions and carnal self to dictate a lot of the way I act and think… causing me pain and lack of peace. I am encouraged to know that as a daughter of God I can also learn to tune in and listen for his voice constantly and especially to pause in those times of trouble and wait for that voice and not act out of emotion..


    1. Messenger International

      Great insight Judy! Jesus had to choose, just like we have the choice, to either be led and obey the Holy Spirit or to be subject to emotions. The Holy Spirit is always speaking and He graciously invites us to lean into Him and receive!


  2. Mervin Arendse

    Encouraging and Challenging to realise afresh how much Jesus depended on the Holy Spirit.In our group discussion last wednesday our group leader shared on How Jesus called His disciples.What did He call them to was the question.To “something” someone else said.I see He started calling them just after He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness and defeated the devils attempt with the written word in Matthew 4:1.That hit home for me.Thanks.Merv


  3. K.C. Harryman

    Jesus depended completely on the Holy Spirit in order to accomplish His Heaven born mission on earth. He worked in tandem as if His success was completely related to the Holy Spirit’s work in and through His life. This was the Heaven born Son of God that believed this dependence was critical. Many are of the impression that the Spirit’s guidance and empowerment are an accessory which Christians can put on if they want to go further into God’s plan, but the truth of the matter is it is not an accessory but is essential to fulfilling His plan for our own lives. I pray the body of believers I pastor and those throughout the country would grasp the concept of our existence being more than surface depth or a list of accolades that validate our Christianity. When we are led by the Spirit He validates Christ in us, just as He continually validated Jesus as the Son of God. May we all learn to walk in new depths and greater dependence upon the Spirit of God.


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