Luke 4:1, 13-14 “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert . . . When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit.” (NIV)
After Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him and He was “full of the Holy Spirit.” It was not until Jesus was tempted by satan that he lived “in the power of the Spirit.” We do not know all the details of going from being “full of the Holy Spirit” to being “in the power of the Spirit,” but the change was enough for the writer to make a distinction. As much as I want to be “full of the Holy Spirit,” I desire more to live “in the power of the Spirit!” What caused Jesus to move from “full of the Holy Spirit” to “in the power of the Spirit?” The temptations of Satan helped Him move to “the power of the Spirit.” You can learn from Jesus’ example. Do persecutions, trials, and hard times consume your emotions and character or do they allow God’s character and power to be shown? James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Difficult times will drive you to your own resources and desperation or into the hands of God. It is in the hands of God that the power of the Holy Spirit is lived through you. A strong relationship with Jesus will fill your being with the Holy Spirit, but exercising your faith in Jesus allows you to live in the power of the Spirit. Jesus by faith engaged satan in the power of the Spirit. Walk intimately with Jesus using the spiritual disciplines that He has impressed upon you, but exercise your faith by ministering where God leads you. It is out of your faithful obedience to God’s leading that the power of the Spirit will be manifest through you!
Ephesians 3:16-17 “I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” (NIV)