PRAYER: Please pray tonight for JP. For his kids and for his relationship with them.
DEVOTION: Here’s a quote from “On the Holy Spirit” by Smith Wigglesworth.
“After the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will have power. God will mightily move in your life, the power of the Holy Spirit will overshadow you, inwardly moving you until you know there is a divine plan different from anything that you have had in your life before”
Um, OK Smith. What exactly are we talking about here? Life transformation? New life? How does this all happen?
All great questions. Smith goes on to say that God will so manifest His presence and power that He will show you the necessity of receiving the Holy Spirit.
Ah, so there’s something. Is this a step that we need to grow into? Something that comes with maturity in our walk with Christ? Maybe.
You see, I think our walk with Christ defines who we are as a person. As a follower of Jesus. Smith points earlier in the first chapter that we can not be baptized with the Holy Spirit and have bitterness in our life. This is a crucial point to be made. Bitterness is not from God. This idea of being jealous or resentful towards someone is not of the Jesus that we are following. Therefore it can’t be of the Spirit that is living in us as followers of Christ.
This power that the Spirit will give us can’t feed off of a heart full of bitterness and resentment.
So, step one. Ask God for healing from bitterness and resentment in our lives. Ask God to remove the jealousy and replace it with love. Hmm. Maybe the study on 1 John was a nice intro to what is needed as we walk deeper with the Spirit in our lives.
So today, work on this. Work together with Jesus. Point out the bitter parts of your heart, the jealous parts of your heart, the parts where resentment might reside. Let Jesus heal.