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.