Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The power of the Holy Spirit

Good morning all

I have been hearing the call to begin a series on the Holy Spirit.  It has been on my mind a lot lately.  Maybe it's all the disruption in the world or maybe it's Jesus gently reminding us of the power He left behind.  I believe in the power of the Spirit.  During my journey with God, I have often felt Him through the Spirit.  I think it's essential for us to recognize it and use it to guide us in our walk on earth.  Once God had profits and now He has Himself living within us.  My question today is, do you know the power behind the Spirit and where do we look to find it?

I can remember as a little girl calling to God.  My grandmother took me to church until she died when I was five.  I can remember the church and her speaking of her love for God.  My grandmother did not have an easy life.  She lost a daughter before she was two and lost her husband at forty-six.  She knew much sorrow and yet she proclaimed the name of Jesus to me.

My memories are vivid and often when I was making bad decisions I called on her. I can remember one time alone in my apartment, crying because life had thrown me a curve ball and asking her to help me.  At the time, I thought she was but later I found out that what I experienced was really the power of Jesus.  He heard my cry and knew my thoughts and was with me long before I knew it.

The power of His presence helped me get through a really tough time, led my boss to lead me to Him and began to feed me through His spirit and His word.  Has my life been a bed of roses?  Not really.  It has had great moments of hardship, defeat, and utter failure.  It has been filled with sorrow and grief but through it all I had Christ and through His spirit I felt peace and joy.  How could I have joy? Because I knew that He had me and that He loved me.

The Spirit is our guide in this tumultuous world.  It's time to hear His call.  He left us with a way and He left us with a guide.  We need to recognize it and know the power that's within His spirit.

I look forward to our journey through Scripture on the Holy Spirit and I hope you do too.  The world is doing exactly what God said it would.  Today is the day we must contemplate, not tomorrow, not next week and not next year.  It's simply today and today holds power, love and mercy for the weak and for the faithful.  Please join me in our search for the Holy Spirit and all that God has to offer to His people.

Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. (‭Psalm‬ ‭51‬:‭11‬ NIV)

My prayer today:

O, Lord, we come to You asking for You to show us Your Holy Spirt and all the power that is within.  Please help us discover You through Scripture.  The world is in turmoil but You still live in the hearts of those that call upon You.  We call upon You now as we walk through Scripture.  Reveal Your purpose to us and give us wisdom on how we are to impact Your people.  Guide us towards joy, mercy, and understanding through You.  We thank You for Your sacrifice and for Your mighty forgiveness.  Give us strength and a determination to learn Your word and all that it encompasses. We need You today and every day.  In Jesus name, AMEN

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