Devotional 6/20

He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. Acts 19:2

They had not been led to expect the miraculous powers of the Holy Ghost, nor were they informed that the gospel was especially the ministration of the Spirit.

Matthew Henry

The Holy Spirit is the most important person in our lives. It’s more than reading the word, it’s about knowing God. He is the third person of the Trinity. Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, while Holy Spirit is God on earth. Jesus had to leave so that He may send the Comforter, our Advocate (John 16:7).

The believers in Ephesus had only been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 18:6), and were not even aware of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God hovered over the waters of the deep when the world was dark, disordered and void (Gen.1) and He also wrote the scriptures in the bible (2 Pet. 2:12 & 2 Tim. 3:16). The Spirit of God is not a feeling, a subconscious thought or an emotional high. He is an inner witness in the children of the Most High God: all He does is done to exalt the Son of God (Rom. 8:16). The Spirit of God is all powerful, all knowing, and all wisdom: He also has a sense of humor, a distinct voice and emotions (Eph. 4:30, do not grieve the Spirit of God). 

The work He does in us is amazing because it is for the most part supernatural. As children of God, we are indwelled with the Spirit so that He can direct our paths and create in us a heart and life approved of God. For instance, there are things we can never do in our strength or with our own knowledge or resources: but God can, in a fraction of a second. Many people miss out on what God is up to, because they are caught up in their head. Some are proud, ignorant, self conscious, incredulous, and/or living in shame/condemnation. He is willing to heal our wounded emotions, renew our thinking and give us ideas and directions for the life He planned for us: BUT He will not override our free will.

Be baptized in the Holy Spirit! Even if you don’t know how to pray, just pray! Be honest with God, “I don’t know how to pray, but I have a lot to say. I pray you fill me with your Spirit so that I could receive one on one counsel from the Creator of heaven and earth. Fill me, so that I could do your will and achieve all that You have planned for me.”

Let’s pray:

I ask you Father God that you strengthen us by the power of your might, may you build up our inner man. I pray that Christ will live in our hearts because of our faith. And that our life will be strong in love and be built on love. May we all have the power to understand the greatness of Your love; may we know how high, how wide, how long and how deep that love is.  May we be able to know that love, so we can receive and be filled with all You have for us. Your power is working in us, and You can do much more than anything we can ask or think of. To You be the glory forever. In Jesus name, Amen. (Eph. 3:16-21)

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