"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist opinion reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell
He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
Making the decision to follow Christ takes faith. No matter how weak our faith begins, salvation only comes through belief in Christ. Once we accept Jesus as our Savior, God begins the process of stretching and increasing our faith. When facing a challenge, a person with small faith might say, “I know He can, but I am not sure He will.” We all begin our journey unsure about many things, yet we are sure enough to take the first step.
At this point, our emotions play a big role in whether or not we believe God is going to hear and answer our prayers. We give up and doubt, and our faith remains restless. However, God wants us to continue on past that point to a place of great faith where we say, “I know He can, and I know He will.”
It is there that we begin to ignore the circumstances surrounding us. We trust in Him, meditating on His promises and seeking understanding. We remember what He has done in the past, and we refuse to give up.
Abraham “did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform” (Romans 4:20–21 nasb). Through difficult times, our faith is tested, seasoning us as believers and teaching us that trusting in God alone is vital to keeping our confidence in Him.
Father, just as Abraham, in all his human weakness, followed You without wavering, I, too, claim Your promises and want to stand firm in my faith.
I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.
In his discussion on suffering and adversity in his best-seller When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Rabbi Harold S. Kushner states that Job had to conclude that God was not really all-powerful. Job is “forced to choose between a good God who is not totally powerful or a powerful God who is not totally good.”
The thrust of his argument is that when bad things happen, God is apparently unable or uncaring. In other words, he claims that God is not the Sovereign Master of the universe.
When adversity strikes, we often are plagued with similar thoughts:
Why doesn’t God do something?
Why did He let this happen?
Doesn’t He care?
The Scriptures reveal a God who is always in charge, regardless of the circumstances. We live in an abnormal world where evil is present; but God’s providence is over all, and He uses His power for His purposes (Gen. 50:20).
God also cares. His Son met death on a cross because God’s love transcended suffering. Whatever hardship you face today, know that God is in control of your life and He cares for you. Never doubt God’s power or love.
Almighty God, how I rejoice that You are always in charge. Your providence reigns over all. You have the power to use every situation for Your purposes.
 Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 169). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
God instructed Jonah to go east to Nineveh. Instead, he headed west to Tarshish and into the pathway of rebellion. He knew if he preached God’s message, the Ninevites would turn from their wickedness and follow God. They were Israel’s dire enemies, and Jonah could not bear the thought of their repentance. So he refused to obey, and in his rebellion he found he was the one separated from God.
Disobedience does not cancel God’s commands. Our lack of obedience does not alter His plan. There is no such thing as “getting off the hook” with God. We can’t escape the presence of God. Even in the belly of a whale, God was there to convict Jonah of his sin. Resistance to God’s will brings suffering to others. Rebellion has a ripple effect and erodes relationships with God and others. It steals our joy, divides our minds, and causes guilt.
Many times we are given a second chance. Jonah was, but that is not always the case. God wants us to respond to His will by faith and obedience. God always accomplishes His will. Nothing we do or say alters His plan. There is only one way to answer the call of God and that is to say, “Yes, Lord.” Anything else results in disobedience.
I say yes today, Lord—to Your will and Your way. Help me walk in obedience to Your Word and Your plan for my life.
Over 1 million Hong-kongers (according to the organizers; 240K according to the police), or one in seven, flooded Hong Kong’s streets on Sunday to oppose a proposed extradition bill that would allow Beijing to take people from Hong Kong to stand trial in mainland China.
According to the SCMP, it was the most unified protest march in the city in more than a decade, with some calling it the ultimate showdown over the bill, which goes to a vote on June 12 and if passed would allow the transfer of fugitives to jurisdictions.
If turnout numbers are accurate, it would represent the biggest protest since 2003, when 500,000 people demonstrated against national security legislation that was later withdrawn by the government. The sea of marchers set off from Victoria Park just before 3pm and streets in nearby Causeway Bay were soon brought to a standstill as protesters clad in white chanted and sang songs as they walked in the oppressive heat, according to the SCMP.
(CNSNews.com) — The Cartoon Network, which broadcasts mostly children’s programming, expressed a “HAPPY PRIDE” to “all of our LGBTQ+ fans” in a tweet for June “Pride Month,” and encouraged the young homosexuals “to stand proud all year long!”
In the June 2 tweet, the Cartoon Network, which is owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment, states, “We want to wish everyone a HAPPY PRIDE and encourage all of our LGBTQ+ fans to stand proud all year long!” The tweet then includes heart, unicorn, and gay-rainbow emojis and #pride, #happypride, #powerpuffyourself, #pridemonth, #powerpuffgirls.”
June is celebrated as “Pride Month” in honor of the Stonewall riot in 1968, when gay partiers fought back against the police during a vice raid on the homosexual bar, the Stonewall Inn, which was then owned by the Mafia.
According to the Library of Congress, “Today, [Pride Month] celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.”
The Cartoon Network was founded in 1992. According to its website, cartoonnetwork.com, the “Cartoon Network is the best place to play free games and watch full episodes of all your favorite kids TV shows with apps and online videos!”
In its CNShop pages online — it automatically links through despite a cursory note about items for sale for an “adult fan or parent” — there is a “Celebrate Pride Month!” page. It is sub-headlined the “Steven Universe Made of Love Collection.”
Some of the pro-LGBTQ+ products for sale include a gay-rainbow pin, gay-rainbow love patch, gay-pyramid key chain, a Ruby and Sapphire glass set, and a Ruby and Sapphire throw pillow.
The description for the pillow reads, “Love is in the air! This multi-colored pillow celebrates the Ruby and Sapphire on their wedding day. Double sided, this pillow features the happy couple at the altar on both sides. Ruby, Sapphire and the nature behind them is painted in color while the rest of the scene is almost in a trance-like state.”
Southern Baptists told their condemnation of racism isn’t enough; Told criticism of Beth Moore and David Platt is wrong
The Pastor’s Conference of the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention began Sunday evening, and it was full Social Justice Warrior inspired Woke. Ed Litton, pastor of Redemption Church Mobile, Alabama said conservative, bible-believing Southern Baptists haven’t sufficiently dealt with the sins of the past (lynchings dating to 1886) and are too divided over current controversies involving women preachers and praying over the president. So much for the Soul that sins is the one condemned and all that inconvenient stuff. Nope. Southern Baptists need to repent of sins they haven’t even committed. Oh, and don’t criticize Beth Moore and David Platt.
Litton preached on Matthew 5:4 “Blessed Are Those Who Mourn.” Litton said there is a “hole in our repentance.” He encouraged Christians to walk through the Trail of Tears and realize what sin has done.
One might respond, “I’m not guilty of those sins. That is a form of rationalization. Nehemiah was not guilty, yet he wept for the sins and condition of Jerusalem,” Litton said.
This is a common theme among the Social Justice crowd. There must be more than individual repentance and it must involve a long process of tearful reflection. Of course, only one ethnicity must engage in that, but shhh! Don’t focus on that.
Litton also discouraged disputes over issues that roiled conservative evangelicalism in the last week: women preachers and David Platt’s prayer for Donald Trump.
“I wonder if we as Southern Baptists are dragging our feet in dealing with issues.” Litton said. “Are we dragging our feet fighting battles we shouldn’t fight?”
Defends Beth Moore and David Platt
“The most recent flashpoint are attacks against two people who I frankly love, Beth Moore and David Platt,” Litton said. “I know you are free to say what you want, but I thought under Christ you may not be free to just say anything.”
Litton then took a swipe at public critics of Moore and Platt in the ministry and media.
“You say, ‘I’m here to correct everybody,’ God help you,” Litton said. “We are being played by Satan for the cause of division that will strangle the Gospel from taking this world for the glory of God,” Litton said.
The division in the church shows the church is reflecting the “political culture of our nation more than the culture transformed by the love of Jesus Christ. We need to check ourselves,” Litton told Southern Baptists.
This raises an interesting problem. If someone is teaching error, or promoting incorrect doctrine in public, does it help or hurt the church if the error is uncorrected?
Can there be unity in error?
Should there be?
Racism & the Southern Baptist Convention: Resolutions not repentance
Litton said the Southern Baptist Convention resolutions against racism are not repentance for lynchings or racial sins of the past. Litton said all these resolutions have done is show, “We have resolved to say something, and that is not repentance.”
“SBC resolutions are not the same as repentance,” Litton said.
He then repeated it for emphasis, “Our resolutions at this Southern Baptist Convention are not the same as repentance. Our resolutions on race led nobody to weep over four girls who were bombed and killed at 16th Street Baptist Church blocks away from here. It has led nobody to weep over the 3,446 African-Americans lynched since 1886.”
Litton expanded the definition of racism to include indifference to the issues of African-Americans.
“You say, preacher, I am not a racist, Are you indifferent?,” Litton asked. “The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference. And there is a sin of being indifferent about what our Africa-American brothers and sisters are experiencing in this country—what they have, and there is an opportunity for us.”
During the sermon, he cited II Corinthians 7:10 on godly sorrow: “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.”
Of course, notice the worldly sorrow in the verse. Where does it lead? Is demanding people repent of sins they haven’t committed not the epitome of a worldly view? Isn’t that loading people down with unnecessary burdens?
Also, isn’t there a bit of a double standard at work here: Litton eschews public criticism of David Platt and Beth Moore, but engages in a critique of the critique.
Of course, the sermon was popular among the rising Social Justice Warrior Southern Baptists.
[Editor’s Note: Reprinted with permission. Originally published at the Capstone Report.]
Earlier this morning President Donald Trump called in to CNBC to discuss a variety of subjects including: the ongoing trade negotiations with China; the threat of tariffs on Mexico over illegal immigration; the federal reserve; the status of the economy; the duplicity of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; collusion by democrats; the upcoming G20 summit in Japan, and much, much, more.
During the interview President Trump directly calls out the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for their anti-American position and self-interested advocacy for Wall Street multinational corporations. Additionally, President Trump pushes back against the claim that tariffs lead to higher U.S. prices, citing examples of China subsidizing their exports and low U.S. inflation. Must Watch:
(LOL… POTUS Trump chomping-at-the-bit to get tariffs on the EU.)
Where is justification visible in the Old Testament? How should we think about the connection between faith and works in the life of Abraham? Should we consider Abraham a type of new Adam and if so, how does he point us forward to Christ as the last Adam? Is justification lost on the prophets?
In this new Credo video, Stephen Dempster explains how the doctrine of justification by faith alone in Christ alone is present in the Old Testament. Watch other videos like this one on the Credo Video page.
Exod. 34:17. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods. When he calls graven things, statues, and pictures, by the name of gods, he shews the object and sum of the Second Commandment, viz., that God is insulted when He is clothed in a corporeal image. Moreover, the name of God is transferred to idols, according to common parlance, and the corrupt opinion of the Gentiles; not that unbelievers thought that the Deity was included in the corruptible material, but because they imagined that it was nearer to them, if some earthly symbol of its presence were standing before their eyes. In this sense, they called the images of the gods their gods; because they thought they could not ascend to the heights in which the Deity dwelt, unless they mounted by these earthly aids. There is no doubt but that he comprehends by synecdoche, all kinds of images, when he forbids the making of molten gods; because metal is no more abominated by God than wood, or stone, or any other material, out of which idols are usually made; but, inasmuch as the insane zeal of superstition is the more inflamed by the value of the material or the beauty of the workmanship, Moses especially condemned molten gods. All question on this point is removed by the fourth passage here cited, wherein the Israelites are forbidden to make gods of silver or gold, viz., because idolaters indulge themselves more fully in their worship of very precious idols, by the external splendour of which all their senses are ravished. To the same effect is the third passage, in which mention is not only made of graven images, but there is also added the name of a statue or figured stone; for, although some expound these words as referring to a pavement, yet I have no doubt but that all monuments are included in them, wherein foolish men think that they have God in some measure visible, and therefore that they express all sculptures and pictures by which the spiritual worship of God is corrupted. For the object of Moses is to restrain the rashness of men, lest they should travesty God’s glory by their imaginations; for another clause is immediately added, “I am the Lord your God,” in which God reminds them that He is despoiled of His due honour, whenever men devise anything earthly or carnal respecting Him. The word מצבה, matsebah, is sometimes used in a good sense; whence it follows, that no other statues are here condemned, except those which are erected as representations of God. The same also is the case as to the polished stone, viz., when it receives a consecration, which may attract men’s minds to regard it in a religious light, so as to worship God in the stone. But both in the second and third passages, Moses teaches men that as soon as they imagine anything gross or terrestrial in the deity, they altogether depart from the true God. And this is also expressed in the word אלילים, elilim, which embraces in it statues, stones, and graven images, as well as molten gods. Some think that this, word is compounded of אל, al, the negative particle, and אל, el, God. Others translate it “a thing of nought;” the Greeks and Latins have rendered it “idols.” It is plain, that the false representations, which travesty God, are so called to mark them with disgrace and ignominy. But, since the superstitious cease not to gloss over their errors with cavils, God is not content with this opprobrious name, but adds others also, respecting which their pretext was more specious; that we may know that whatsoever withdraws us from His spiritual service, or whatsoever men introduce alien from His nature, is repudiated by Him. In the fourth passage, the antithesis must be noted, which will presently be explained more fully, viz., when God forbids them to make gods of corruptible materials, since He has “spoken from heaven;” in which words He signifies that all are doing wrong, who, when they ought to look up to heaven, tie down their own minds as well as Him to earthly elements.
17 This introductory sequence is appropriately brought to a climax by the first of a series of Yahweh’s requirements designed to present a broad summary of covenant obligation with a particular bearing on the necessity of maintaining undiluted loyalty to Yahweh in the setting of the new land to which Israel is going. This requirement is linked specifically to the sin with the golden calf by the use of the word מסכה “shaped metal,” the term used to describe the calf in 32:4 and 8 (see also Deut 9:16; 2 Kgs 17:16; cf. Lev 19:4; and Davis, WTJ 44  82, and Moberly, Mountain of God, 99–100). As noted above (n. 32:4.b,c and Comment on 32:2–4), מסכה appears to refer to a metal sheathing molded around a solid core of wood. In the context of this renewal narrative, the use of so specific a term must be a deliberate rhetorical connection. The application of vv 11–16 is thus made crystal clear and given the authority of a requirement for the future heavily emphasized because of the disobedience of the past.
Alan Dershowitz, famed Harvard lawyer and longtime dedicated liberal, already has concluded that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sounds like Josef Stalin in her demands to see President Trump in prison.
And he’s on record believing FBI special counsel Robert Mueller was “going beyond his responsibility” in his political comments about his work on the Democrats’ effort to tarnish Trump by claiming his campaign coordinated with Russia.
“They’re trying to weaponize the criminal justice system for partisan advantage. It’s not there. There’s no obstruction of justice in the [Mueller] report.”
The comments come in light of multiple congressional events that are scheduled that are aimed at attacking the president. Various committees, headed by Democrats in the House during this Congress, have announced their intention to re-do the Mueller investigation, which found, after more than two years and millions of dollars of work, there was no collusion on the part of the Trump campaign, even though the Russians did interfere with the election – often through social media.
In fact, several prominent Democrat leaders in Congress have stated – as “fact” – that the president has committed crimes, and they intend to bring him to justice.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has stated she wants to see him not impeached but in prison.
This week Democrats have summoned John Dean, whose claim to fame came during the Watergate scandal of nearly 50 years ago, to testify.
He’s expected to speculate about President Trump’s actions.
“Dershowitz said that the difference between Nixon and Trump is that Nixon paid off potential witnesses, told them to lie, and physically destroyed evidence that could be used against him in the Watergate scandal. Trump, by contrast, had a phone call with his lawyer,” the commentary explained.
“What you see in the Mueller report is the president thinking about how to end this, what he called a ‘witch hunt,’” said Dershowitz. “And any subject of an investigation is entitled to think about ending it and to seek advice about whether to fire or not fire those conducting it. And he’s entitled to pardon people and fire them. So I don’t see any criminal conduct.”
Democrats have pointed to the evidence that Trump wanted the special counsel investigation to end. But in fact, Mueller stayed in his office for more than two years, completed his investigation and issued his report.
Concluded the commentary, “Democrats have never cared about whether anything was unlawful. It’s a political hit job. We wouldn’t still be talking about this two years FBI Director James Comey was fired if it wasn’t.”
Dershowitz earlier said he was appalled by Pelosi’s demand for jail for Trump “without him being charged with any crime, without him being charged with any impeachable offense. It’s just outrageous.”
Throughout our nation’s history, we’ve often heard the term, “Freedom of the Press.” But has America turned into a country where there is Unfreedom of the Press?
That’s the title of radio personality and author Mark Levin’s new book and it comes at a critical time. In today’s political landscape, in the age of Trump, catchphrases like, “fake news” and “enemy of the people” have stuck like glue to the mainstream media. So what are we to make of this rhetoric? Is it an exaggeration or could something even more drastic be going on?
“The mass media today is destroying freedom of the press,” says Levin. “Not the government, not the president. The mass media!”
Levin: Press No Longer Seeking Objective Truth
Inside his new best-selling book, Unfreedom of the Press, Levin takes a deep dive into how the media became what and who they are today. “They’ve abandoned seeking objective truth,” Levin tells CBN News. “Nobody is perfect in seeking objective truth but you’ll be more perfect if you give it a try now and then…we have journalists who are social activists, democrats, progressives who are pushing their agendas. That is destructive. That is not news.”
It’s well established that today’s media leans left, but Levin takes the reader back to our founding. The Patriot Press started before the Revolutionary War, made up of a few dozen newspapers and many pamphlets spreading the message of freedom through the colonies. “They weren’t trying to be objective. They were pushing an agenda,” Levin says. “But the battle was about government, not fundamentally transferring society.”
Then things began to change. Through the first half of the 1800s or so came what is known as “The Party Press” where newspapers actually began aligning with political parties. At least back then allegiances were known. That’s where you get papers like the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette or the Arizona Republic.
The Emergence of Partisan Party Press
Around the turn of the 20th Century came a big change known as the Progressive Era. The media looked for new standards of neutrality but Levin says a partisan party press developed with social activism and progressive ideas at play beneath so-called objectivity. The result? A press playing political favorites. “The press protected FDR; the press protected John Kennedy, the press protected Lyndon Johnson,” says Levin. “As a matter of fact, they worked with them on their agenda and on their opponents. It’s an amazing thing.”
Levin has examples. He cites plenty in the book, including the media looking the other way during JFK’s affairs or downplaying stories that would be front-page headlines or cable chyrons today. “Lyndon Johnson was so concerned with what his vice president Hubert Humphrey would say about the Vietnam War because Humphrey was a dove, he had Humphrey’s phone tapped.”
Today, the media has to deal with President Trump and now they believe they’re under attack like never before. Recently, Washington Post CEO Jeff Bezos made the concerns clear. “It’s really dangerous to demonize the media. It’s dangerous to call the media low lives. It’s dangerous to say they are the enemy of the people,” he said. But Levin wonders if they’ve read their own history. “One of the things most journalists are not is literate in our history and so they make comments or make statements that are absolutely off the wall.”
A quick trip down memory lane shows presidents like John Adams and Woodrow Wilson using the law at the time to arrest journalists, shut down news organizations and more. “Franklin Roosevelt, the so-called ‘great’ Franklin Roosevelt, used the IRS against Moe Annenberg because he owned the Philadelphia Enquirer which opposed [Roosevelt’s] New Deal,” Levin says.
God is in charge of both salvation and damnation, but He does not exercise them in the same manner. From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, W. Robert Godfrey corrects a common misconception about predestination.
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Four white policemen arrest black pastor for preaching the gospel
I try to stay informed about countries that are more advanced on the path of secular leftism, such as Canada and Venezuela. Canada is about 10 years ahead of us down the path of secular leftism. They legalized same-sex marriage 10 years before we did. They started persecuting Christian businesses 10 years before we did. And now they’re arresting Christian pastors.
Pastor David Lynn of Christ Forgiveness Ministries was arrested on June 4, 2019 for preaching the Gospel publicly in Toronto, Canada. The neighborhood he was preaching in was Church-Wellesley Village. This neighborhood is known to be a place where many of the LGBTQ community in Toronto reside. His ministry is currently on an outdoor preaching tour throughout the 22 districts of Toronto. June 4, happened to be the day they scheduled…
This article was originally written by me in 2016. I feel a nudge from the Holy Spirit to repost this every so often. The enemy of our souls never ceases to attack the body of Christ. One way he chooses is to whisper to Christians that Yoga is perfectly fine for the Christian, as long as they stay away from meditation.
This is NOT true, brethren. I pray that this article helps someone who is caught up in the Hindu practice of Yoga!
Nothing seems to get a heated debate started faster than challenging a Christian who practices Yoga on this subject.
“But I only do the stretching part.” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this. This article is written for the sake of clarification and education on the practice of Yoga.
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga (/ˈjoʊɡə/; Sanskrit: योग, Listen) are the physical, mental…
The United States’ northeast region was once home to the Puritans and other devout Christians who came to the New World so they could practice Christianity in freedom.
Today, it is the most “post-Christian” region in America, according to new research by the Barna Group.
The latest Barna study reveals that northeast cities rank in the top eight out of 10 most post-Christian cities in America.
The top 10 include:
New Bedford, MA
Hartford-New Haven, CT
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo, CA
In the study, Barna defines “post Christian” according to 16 characteristics, including whether individuals identify as atheist, have never made a commitment to Jesus, have not attended church in the last year or have not read the Bible in the last week.
“Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?” John 14:22
suggested further reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1–10
I was reading a short time ago of a Mr Tennant. He was about to preach one evening, and thought he would take a walk. As he was walking in a wood he felt so overpoweringly the presence of Christ, and such a manifestation of him, that he knelt down, and they could not discover him at the hour when he was to have preached. He continued there for hours, insensible as to whether he was in the body or out of the body; and when they waked him he looked like a man who had been with Jesus, and whose face shone. He never should forget, he said, to his dying day, that season of communion, when positively, though he could not see Christ, Christ was there, holding fellowship with him, heart against heart, in the sweetest manner. A wondrous display it must have been. You must know something of it, if not much; otherwise you have not gone far on your spiritual course. God teach you more, and lead you deeper! “Then shall ye know, when ye follow on to know the Lord.” Then, what will be the natural effects of this spiritual manifestation? The first effect will be humility. If a man says, “I have had such and such spiritual communication, I am a great man;” he has never had any communications at all; for “God has respect unto the humble, but the proud he knoweth afar off.” He does not want to come near them to know them, and will never give them any visits of love. It will give a man happiness; for he must be happy who lives near to God. Again: it will give a man holiness. A man who has not holiness has never had this manifestation. Some men profess a great deal; but do not believe any man unless you see that his deeds answer to what he says.
for meditation: The above account may be a blessing or a temptation to you! If we seek experiences for their own sake, Satan will ensure that we get some; our business is to seek to know Christ more and more (Philippians 3:10; 2 Peter 3:18).
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 captive, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. Luke 4:18
suggested further reading: Isaiah 61
In his own person and in his ministers, Christ does not act by human authority or in a personal sense, but as one who has been sent by God to restore salvation to the church. He does nothing by the suggestion or advice of men but everything by the guidance of the Spirit of God. He declares this so that the faith of the godly may be wholly founded on the authority and power of God.
The words because he hath anointed me are added by way of explanation. Many falsely boast that they have the Spirit of God while they are destitute of his gifts, but Christ proves that he has been endowed by the anointing of the Spirit of God.
He then states the purpose for which the graces of the Spirit are bestowed upon him. These graces are given that he might preach the gospel to the poor. Hence we conclude that those who are sent by God to preach the gospel are given the necessary gifts to qualify them for so important an office.
It is, therefore, ridiculous that, under the pretense of a divine calling, men totally unfit for discharging the office should take upon themselves the name of pastor. We are expressly told that the Lord anoints his servants, because the true and efficacious preaching of the gospel, as Paul says, does not lie “in the enticing words of man’s wisdom,” but in the heavenly power of the Spirit.
for meditation: When God calls us to work for him, he promises to equip us for that work. What does it say, then, if we miserably fail at the duties that we undertake for him? Are we relying too much on our own strength and too little on the Spirit? Is this pursuit outside of his will? Let us use such failure to examine our dependence on the Spirit in all we do.
 Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 180). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.