Matthew 3: 16 – 17 – And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him and lo a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.‘
Luke 4:18-19 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Jesus Christ has the Spirit of God without measure, so it is beneficial for us to find out how He was able to attract the presence of God on a constant basis and at that magnitude. You may think it’s because He is the Son of God but so are you (John 1:12). You may also say it’s because He is the Christ, the Bible declares that we have also put on Christ and we are one with Him. The point I am making is, it is possible for us to attract and retain the presence of God like Jesus did. He said what He did, we would do and even greater.
A wise man said, “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
So, we will examine some of the habits of Jesus Christ that resulted in attracting and retaining God’s presence. They are as follows:
Jesus created a conducive space to host God’s presence – In Matthew 3:13-17, Jesus came from Galilee to Jordan to be water baptised by John. At first, John was reluctant saying He should be baptised by Jesus and not the other way round but Jesus insisted saying it was necessary for it to be so in order to fulfil all righteousness. The outcome was that the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus like a dove; God pronounced Jesus as His beloved Son fromheaven to earth using the best amplifier. Through humility and His action at Jordan, Jesus created a conducive space for God’s presence and positioned Himself for divine pronouncement and approval. If Jesus did not create a conducive atmosphere, what happened in the above Scripture would not have occurred and the story would have been different. I encourage you to be Godminded and create a conducive atmosphere for Him.
Be led by the Holy Spirit – Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.
Being full of the Holy Spirit is not the same as being led by the Holy Spirit. In some people’s life, the Holy Spirit is a silent listener and not a participant in their lives. Jesus would not have experienced the manifest presence of God as He did without a conscious and deliberate submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
He confirmed it in John 8:29 – And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him. John 5:30 – I can of mine own self do nothing : as I hear , I judge : and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
So be willing to take instruction and execute them and you will be God’s choice for the next encounter of His manifest presence.
For Further Study:
John 14, 15 and 16
Questions for Reflection:
- How conducive is your space for God?
- How do you create a conducive space for God’s presence?
My life forms a conducive atmosphere for the Spirit of God to breathe inspiration and revelation into me.