Year-round resident

By Dave Henning / September 14, 2016

“The Holy Spirit is a year-round resident in the hearts of his children.  As God’s story becomes our story, his power becomes our power.”- Max Lucado

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.”- Ephesians 1:13

Max Lucado begins Chapter 7 (“Power Moves In”) of More to Your Story with a question.  If the Holy Spirit’s power becomes our power, why do we suffer from power failures?  In other words, we depend on God’s power to save, but not sustain, us.

Furthermore, Pastor Lucado cites the apostle Paul’s words to the Galatians to support his contention.  Hence, writing in Galatians 3:3, Paul states: “After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?”

Therefore, Max states, to walk in the Spirit you must be sensitive to and respond to the promptings God gives you.  As a result, you must learn to:

  • wait
  • be silent
  • listen for the Holy Spirit’s voice
  • cherish stillness
  • sensitize yourself to the Holy Spirit’s touch

In conclusion, Pastor Lucado exhorts us to lock into God’s power:

“The same hand that pushed the rock from the tomb can shove away your doubt.  The same power that stirred the still heart of Christ can stir your flagging faith.  The same strength that put Satan on his heals can, and will, defeat Satan in your life.  Just keep the power supply open.”

Today’s question: What Scriptures enable the Holy Spirit to be a year-round resident in your heart?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “A season of blocked doors”

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