When you are at home? When you are at work? When you are focusing? When you are having a meeting? When you are active? When you are still? When you are in need? When you are giving? Do you realize how important it is to have the Spirit involved?
Are you open and available to the leading of the Spirit? Would you invite Him in? Are you ready for His manifestations to take place? Are you ready for miraculous healings to occur? Would you take time and wait upon God and cry out “Come Holy Spirit”?
God is omnipresent – so He is always with you, but are you willing to go that one step further and invite the Holy Spirit into your very situation? Are you willing to have a greater experience with His presence? Would you be ready for the Holy Spirit to spontaneously show up? Would you invite Him into the very situation you are going thru right now?
Are you ready to enjoy the presence of God in your life?
Come, Holy Spirit — Day 171: Bible In One Year 2017
- Longing for God’s empowering presence … Psalm 76
- Filled with God’s empowering presence … Acts 13:42-52, Acts 14:1-7
From the day of Pentecost, God’s empowering presence came upon his people. In today’s passage we read that they were, once again, ‘filled… with the Holy Spirit’ (13:52). Every Christian now has the Holy Spirit dwelling within them (Romans 8:9).
In this passage, we see the impact of God’s empowering presence when you are filled with the Holy Spirit:
In Antioch, crowds gathered to hear the word of the Lord (Acts 13:44–45). In Iconium, ‘they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed’ (14:1).
The Lord confirmed his message by enabling them to do signs and wonders (v.3). This does not mean that everyone in the church will necessarily enjoy perfect health in this life. Rather, we see an in-breaking of the future kingdom of God so that the gospel may go forth and triumph.
Do not assume that if God is with you then you will not encounter any significant opposition. These incidents remind us that actually the opposite is often the case. Where God is at work, the enemy tries to stir up opposition and difficulty.
In Antioch, some people ‘went wild with jealousy and tore into Paul, contradicting everything he was saying, making an ugly scene’ (13:45, MSG). ‘They stirred up persecution… and expelled them from their region’ (v.50).
In Iconium, those who refused to believe ‘worked up a whispering campaign against Paul and Barnabas, sowing mistrust and suspicion in the minds of the people in the street’ (14:2, MSG). They organised to ‘beat them up’ (v.5, MSG).
Your happiness does not depend on what is happening to you. There is deep joy that came from God’s presence. In the middle of all the opposition and after they had been forced to leave Antioch, they went on to the next town, Iconium, ‘brimming with joy and the Holy Spirit, two happy disciples’ (Acts 13:52, MSG).
The Holy Spirit will give you boldness in spite of opposition. In Antioch, ‘Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first”’ (v.46). In Iconium, ‘Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord’ (14:3). In spite of opposition and ‘a plot afoot’ (v.5) they ‘continued to preach the good news’ (v.7).
–from Day 171: Bible In One Year 2017
- Glory of God’s empowering presence … 1 Kings 7:23-51, 1 Kings 8:1-21