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Day #5 – The Holy Spirit Fills and Empowers Us to Minister

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Passages: Luke 4:1, 18-19; Acts 1:8; Acts 4:29-31; Ephesians 3:14-21; Ephesians 5:15-20

“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness…” (Luke 4:1)

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

because he has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free,

proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

“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 earth.” (Acts 1:8)

“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.  Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” (Acts 4:29-31)

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:14-21)

“Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:15-20)

Reflection

Jesus himself fulfilled the words spoken in Luke 18-19.  Empowered by the Holy Spirit he spent his time on earth proclaiming the Kingdom of God, bringing healing and wholeness to the people he met. We have also been called to be filled and empowered disciples that will go everywhere to proclaim God’s Kingdom and minister to others, sharing the good news of God’s love. Everyday we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit who enables us to live this way.

Responding to the Word

Lord, we need to be filled by your Holy Spirit! Let’s pray and ask God to fill us with His Holy Spirit so that we may receive His healing and freedom more and more in our lives. Let’s also pray that His Holy Spirit would empower us to live a life that loves and ministers to others, a life that brings glory to Christ.

Day #4 – The Holy Spirit Illuminates and Gives Understanding to Us

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Day #3 – The Holy Spirit Gives Life

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Day #2 – The Holy Spirit is A Person Active Today

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Day #1 – The Holy Spirit is God and Lives in Us Today

Monday, July 15th, 2013