Blackout! (Luke 4:1)

The other morning as I sat in my office, at 545 AM, a blackout occurred. I always arrive early to my office to get a quick start on my day, uninterrupted by phone calls and visitors, but now, I sat in total darkness, completely unproductive. My thoughts raced through various contingency plans I would have to implement for my business if the power remained off. Nearly everything I do in my work requires electricity. Without power, I am helpless.


I opened my Bible app on my cell phone and read my daily devotional Proverbs and Psalms. Then, I prayed...for power, but not electrical. I prayed the Holy Spirit would fill me and empower me to be content in the circumstances that I faced.


Within 30 minutes, the electrical power was restored and my faith was strengthened.


And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness.

Luke 4:1 (ESV)


When Jesus began His ministry, He was filled and empowered with the Holy Spirit and led into the wilderness to face temptation by Satan for forty days. Jesus faced hunger, fatigue, and Satan’s beguiling, but did not succumb to temptation. He could have been distracted, focused upon His difficult circumstances, and not obeying God, the Father. But the Holy Spirit empowered Him to remain steadfast in His mission and calling. His power rested upon knowing God’s Word and using it to silence the enemy.


When faced with a difficult situation that appears dark and hopeless, I need to continue to quiet my thoughts and use the time to focus upon Him and not the circumstances. I need to always ask the Holy Spirit into my life to empower and restore me.


Without electrical power, I am helpless. Without God’s power, I am hopeless.


Praise Almighty God for His promise of the power of Holy Spirit for all who place their trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.




Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.