Greetings to you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! What a beautiful early summer morning – I believe that this is going to be a very purpose-filled day and that there are many unexpected delights coming our way! I trust that you had a really good weekend and Monday…and that you are excited about the week ahead. Just to get you thinking – it is now six months until Christmas! Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to release healing where it is needed, direction it is required, reconciliation where it is hoped for, peace where it is longed for, and His presence where it is pursued.
This morning in my devotions God revealed an insight, two insights actually, into His Word – the Bible and He gave me a new quote to ponder. First, the quote because it set the stage for the insights: a cup is not full until it overflows – Bill Johnson. Now take a moment or two and ponder that thought.
Then I was directed to a verse, part of a verse to be clear: Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. – Romans 10:17 NIV. Please note that it says…’from hearing’ and not ‘having heard’ and that is an interesting slant. How many times have we tried to give someone a bit of advice or to share a truth…maybe even share our testimony only to be met with the response: “I know…I have heard that before’ or something like that. Or how many times have we zoned out listening to a sermon or a Bible teaching because – “we’ve heard that before”. I know a person to stopped coming to Bible study because they had heard it all before. It seems to me that according to the verse – it is not what I have heard or what I think I know…it is what I am hearing right now and what I am learning and relearning that grows my faith.
The second insight that I discovered…or did it discover me…was from Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; … Acts 1:8a NIV. It seems to me that the first sign of the Holy Spirit is a ‘power’ resting upon the believer as the Holy Spirit begins to ‘fill’ with tangible evidences of that power. When Jesus was baptized it says that the Holy Spirit came like a dove and ‘rested’ upon Him – Matthew 3:16 NIV…and there is no mention of the Holy Spirit leaving Him. Very soon after this the Holy Spirit begins to lead and reveal and release with ‘power’. So I am thinking that I need to be aware that the Holy Spirit doesn’t just ‘fill’ me but that He ‘rests’ on me with ‘power’ . How would we walk through your day if we had an awareness that the Holy Spirit like a dove was ‘resting’ on our shoulder?
Back to the quote – unless I keep filling my heart and mind with messages from the Word that I am hearing fresh and update to the point where it overflows, my faith is not growing and in fact…it stagnates…and that is not a pretty picture. So, keep reading His word, keep listening for His voice, keep allowing your imagination to interact with that word, and be aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit like a dove ‘resting’ on you!
Havea great day – be blessed!