8.19.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on the Holy Spirit. Part 39. Settle.

PRAYER: Please pray for this woman. Got this note this morning: My brother lost his fight to cancer just coming up on a year now and I and family have had an extremely difficult year coming to terms with this, especially as he left a young wife and 2 small children, I feel that my hope and trust in God has been totally taken from my and I feel in a very dark and weak place where my faith is concerned, (we did believe in healing and prayed for him) I am trying so hard and my only hope and prayer is for peace and comfort for my grieving family.

DEVOTION: “Many people think that God makes a distinction between us and those who lived at the beginning of the church. But they have no Scripture for this. When anyone receives the gift of the Holy Spirit, there will assuredly be no difference between his experience today and what was given on the Day of Pentecost. And I cannot believe that, when Saul was filled with the Holy Spirit, the Lord made any difference in the experience that He gave him than the experience that He had given to Peter and the rest a short while before.”

“And so Saul was filled with the Holy Spirit, and in the later chapters of the Acts of the Apostles we see the result of this infilling. Oh, what a difference it makes.”

“The grace of God that was given to the persecuting Saul is available for you. The same infilling of the Holy Spirit that he received is likewise available. Do not rest satisfied with any lesser experience than the baptism that the disciples received on the day of Pentecost. Then move on to a life of continuous receiving of more and more of the blessed Spirit of God.” (pg 63/64)

So. Lots here but I think the main point here is that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. This Spirit that lives in you and me has not changed, will not change from the time that the church started to the moments that you’ve been reading this devotion. This Spirit is alive and well and unchanged.

I like his point here, we do feel as though our situation is just so different from the early church but….is it? People still need Jesus. We still need Jesus. People still need the hope, love, grace, mercy of the Father.

So. Let’s call it what it is…a cop out. We can easily say that the church just isn’t as alive as it was back in the day. OK. That’s fine. I’m wanting to believe that it is. The church is alive and well. Jesus is alive and well in 2020. Let’s live like it.

Let’s call on Him more. Let’s let the Spirit move in us more. Let’s believe more. Believe that we can make a difference today just like they made a difference all those years ago.

Don’t settle for less.

5 Comments

  1. Carol B on August 19, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    May in some small way, you know that through your loss God is there from his dying on the cross to save us all He loved us that much. Why somethings happen I don’t know. But I have found comfort in 2 Corinthians4: 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11For we who are alive are always consigned to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our mortal body.…
    Sharing because I found comfort in this. Praying God fills you with His love and heals your heart over time as only He can. Know we care. Are so sorry for your loss of your brother and are keeping you in prayer.

  2. Carol B on August 19, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    2 Corinthians
    Our Eternal Dwelling
    …7For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, then, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
    Praying your brother is home with the Lord in comfort and that God may comfort you here. So sorry for your loss.

  3. Suzanne on August 19, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Amen…don’t settle for less. I do not have to sit stagnant waiting for God’s will to be revealed. His will has been revealed … Jesus was His promises fulfilled. The Holy Spirit is my guide…my faith is is stronger than the impossible.

  4. Suzanne on August 19, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Prayers up for the peace of Christ to comfort this woman and her family.

  5. Jon Blume on August 19, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    May God guide is every step. He heals the broken hearted and fills them with love. May you be filled today and every day. May the healing continue and may your brothers story heal another person. May we help to find the lost sheep and guide them to the shephard. Add to the flock. For God so loves us that he overflows our hearts. Blessings this and every day

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