“Mark it down. The Holy Spirit comes with power. Power to make good choices, keep promises, and silence the inner voices of fear and failure. . . . Power to face the unexpected passages of time. . . . This is what Jesus promised then, and this is what Jesus promises now.”- Max Lucado
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the world.”- Acts 1:8 (NIV)
Max Lucado concludes Chapter 1 of Help is Here with this question: How is your power level? Perhaps, Pastor Lucado suggests, you believe you possess all the power you need. Life’s a downhill stroll through a pleasant meadow. Furthermore, you always feel joyful, empowered. If that defines you, Pastor Lucado asks to recommend a book on honesty.
But if that description fails to match your life, Max exhorts, consider a life-giving relationship with the Holy Spirit. Why the great emphasis on Him? Pastor Lucado explains:
“God does not want a bunch of stressed-out, worn-out, done-in, washed-up children representing him in the world. He wants us to be fresher day by day, hour by hour.”
Therefore, Max notes, the healthy saint has:
- a child-like heart
- a high regard for Scripture
- openness to fresh strength
- discernment and a careful approach
- the desire to seek to follow the Holy Spirit
In conclusion, Pastor Lucado stresses, it doesn’t matter whether this represents a fresh encounter or your first encounter. Because God wants you to possess the energizing strength of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit longs to give you His great power. In addition, the Spirit guides and teacher you. Also, He shoulders the burdens you were never intended to carry. While challenges come in your life, they need not define your life. The Spirit’s help is here!
Today’s question: What does it mean to you that the Holy Spirit comes with power? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Left alone with our questions?”