Jesus came to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. When he came up from the water the heavens opened over Him. The Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form as a dove and the Father spoke His affirmation saying, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17b

 The same story is recorded in Luke with one addition. It says after Jesus was baptized “while He prayed, the heavens were opened.” Luke 3:21b

 Holy Spirit comes down, and the Father speaks His affirmation of sonship and pleasure. But this time it is recorded as what Jesus heard while praying; “You are beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22b. Prayer takes words that can be heard in public and turns them into private affirmation inside our hearts.

When the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost the same thing happened. The disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and they affirmed Jesus, His resurrection, He being Lord and Christ, and sending the Holy Spirit.

The same Holy Spirit is coming to affirm in us the resurrected Christ. Our identity is in Christ. We are known by the Father in Christ. We are greatly loved, highly favored, and we bring much pleasure to our Father in Christ. We are dead and our life is now hidden with Christ in God.

What does this mean? It means that we are to expect our acceptance in Christ and receive the Father’s affirmation of our being in-Christ. This takes off all pressure to perform, all requirements to earn, and opens a world of grace and triumph in Christ.

“At that day you will know, that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” John 14:20 It doesn’t get any better than this!

Receive for yourself today, a refilling of the Holy Spirit and agree with God in all that you are in Christ. As you do, become aware of the Holy Spirit’s leading, inside of your prayer, and listen personally for the Father’s words to you. “You are my beloved son; in you I am well please.”

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