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Anointed To Set Captives Free

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“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 brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).

TEXT — Luke 4:14-22


Nothing seemed extraordinary about Jesus’ appearance in the synagogue for worship; He did it regularly as did all male Jews. The day in our text was very different, however; it was a classic case of, “Cometh the hour, cometh the man”.

How should the book of Isaiah have been chosen for reading amongst all the prophetic volumes present in the synagogue that day? And how should Christ have been the One chosen out of all the worshippers to read it? How should He have “found the place where it was written” – exactly the prophecy concerning His messiahship just about to be unveiled? It was, beyond doubt, the divine hand orchestrating the chain of events. Christ knew it Himself. His graceful words and mighty acts in Galilee had heralded Him. Therefore, the congregation waited with bated breath. When He closed the book and uttered those nine immortal words: “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears”, the Messiah had finally shown up. The hour and the man had met.

Christ had been paying the price for the anointing long before the day of His showing to Israel. By absolute surrender to the Father’s will and self-denial, He had prepared for the ministry. Jesus carried the anointing all through His earthly ministry. Upon His ascension to heaven, He promised the same anointing to His faithful disciples.

God needs men and women upon whom to bestow His anointing today. Nothing less will suffice to fulfil your God-given destiny. But how is the anointing obtained? You must be ready to walk the same path as Christ of whom we read, “For thou lovest righteousness and hatest wickedness, therefore God, Thy God hath anointed thee…above thy fellows.” The anointing is unique, but it is not cheap; it is for the earnest seeker, not the highest bidder.

Thought for the day

Christ did not come just to sympathise with us but to set us free.

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Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.


  1. Believers are expected to wait in God’s presence,tarry till we be endued with Power from on high,it is through waiting and Earnest seeking that God can bestow his anointing upon us. I receive grace to tarry .

  2. My name is Caroline Awere. I have been using daily Manner for my Evangelism . I feel bad because I have not asked for your permission.
    I am so sorry sir. I just want to ask official to Us my daily manner for Evangelism sir.

    1. Dear sister Caroline,
      This is our very desire – to spread the gospel to all corners of the world.

      More of God’s grace in your endeavour.
      God Bless you.

      On behalf of the Pastor, you have our consent.

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