Matthew 12:18 – Behold My Servant whom I have chosen, My beloved in whom My soul is well pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him.

The Spirit of God does not come upon us out of our choosing, but rather God Himself has chosen us.  God chose to send His only begotten Son and redeem us from all unrighteousness. The Spirit of the Lord is the one who draws us to the Father through Christ. Jesus said that “No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44). It is the Father, who works by His Spirit to draw an individual to Christ. The Father initiates and the Spirit responds. It is the Holy Spirit, who convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8). God’s great joy is to put His Spirit upon all those who will embrace His Son, embracing Him as God’s Anointed One, and accepting all Jesus did through His earthly ministry.

Matthew 12:18-21 fulfills what the prophet Isaiah spoke (hundreds of years before Christ) when the Father promised “His Spirit would be upon His Servant.” The Father promised the Son that He would give the Holy Spirit to all those who believed on the Son. Jesus’ instruction to His disciples was, “I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).

Many are still following Jesus’ instructions to wait for the promise of His Father. Multitudes today have received the Lord’s salvation and this promise of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is still being poured out today in general church gatherings, in house meetings, and even in the privacy of one’s own home.  Unfortunately for some, it has only been an experience. Many of the Lord’s precious people have not waited on the Lord for the empowerment of His Holy Spirit. Please don’t only seek an experience, but rather seek the person of the Holy Spirit that you might be filled and empowered to do the Father’s will.

Ask the Holy Spirit to create in you a desire to wait for His empowerment to do God’s will. Waiting on the Lord is not a natural response, but a desire which comes from God Himself. As you wait upon Him, the Spirit of God will manifest His transforming presence. His power will reveal God’s will in your life.  His power will release the fruit of the Spirit. His power will be the key to His gifts operating through you.