Friday, September 18, 2009

I Need the Spirit

I am convinced that many Christians, including myself, are missing out on the awesome power, direction, and passion that only the Holy Spirit can bring to our lives. I was reading in Acts 2 this afternoon. After the awesome moving of the Holy Spirit the way the believers lived their lives was radically changed. They were singularly focused on the gospel. Peter did not hesitate, along with the other disciples, to preach the good news of the gospel. More telling is how the believers lived.
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
They were devoted to teaching, fellowship, communion, and prayer. Then miracles happened. Happy Christians spending their days together, devoted to fellowship. They shared what they had. Whenever there was a need they filled it, to the point of selling their own possessions! And the Lord added daily. People noticed and people got saved. It's not about doctrine. It's about the power of the Spirit resulting in changed lives that people noticed and wanted. We have an awesome responsibility. We are the representation of Christ for this time in history and we dare not rely on ourselves. I need a fresh outpouring of God's Spirit in my life. My life needs to be open for interruption all of the time. I need to be full of the joy of serving God in spite of difficult circumstances. I need to offer rest for those stressed out and fearful and oppressed by sin. I need to walk in love that can be seen. I need to give and share and give up my possessions with a Holy Spirit willingness. I need more of the Spirit of God so that the Lord will add daily to the church all of those around us that need saved. Let's seek God for a fresh outpouring of His mighty Spirit and quit making half hearted attempts on our own.

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