Luke 4:1-2 NIV
1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
Luke 4:14 NIV
14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
In this famous passage it tells us that during Jesus’ fast he was hungry (note, not thirsty), therefore it is safe to conclude for 40 days that He only drank water. Jesus was filled with Holy Spirit before being driven into wilderness. We know the story: He withstood Satan's temptations. But how could He do it? He spent 40 days drinking just water. We should note the difference: between v1 Jesus being filled with the Holy Spirit and v14 (after 40 days of fasting) - Operating in the power of the Holy Spirit
There is a clear difference in being filled with the Holy Spirit and operating in power of the Holy Spirit. Something transformed Jesus from being a spirit filled man to a man walking in the power of spirit. And, the secret of Jesus' power is the secret of our power.
For us, being filled with Spirit does not mean we are ready to move in fullness of our calling in power. We need to submit to the discipline of the Holy Spirit. During this time, God will disciple us in prayer, fasting and skillful use of His Word. The result: we are released in God's power to do His will. Fasting is (we believe) an important key to go beyond the infilling of the Spirit to tap into the power of the spirit for us as individuals and for us as a church.
What is your relationship like with the Holy Spirit? Do you feel you are connected to the spirit in all aspects of your life? What does it mean to submit to the discipline of the Spirit? How might you do this during your fast?
Lord would you not only fill us with your Spirit, but release us in the power of your spirit, as we seek your face. Amen.