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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 2/Heroes: Cain & Abel

One of the characteristics of someone who has developed a walk with God in the model of Enoch is that they be “Holy Spirit-filled.” I read the following illustration in Billy Graham’s online devotions:

“Walter Knight tells the story about a little boy who had recently received Christ. “Daddy, how can I believe in the Holy Spirit when I have never seen Him?” asked Jim. “I’ll show you how,” said his father, who was an electrician. Later Jim went with his father to the power plant where he was shown the generators. “This is where the power comes from to heat our stove and to give us light. We cannot see the power, but it is in that machine and in the power lines,” said the father. “I believe in electricity,” said Jim. “Of course you do,” said his father, “but you don’t believe in it because you see it. You believe in it because you see what it can do. Likewise, you can believe in the Holy Spirit because you can see what He does in people’s lives when they are surrendered to Christ and possess His power.”

It is easy to picture a walking relationship with the Father and the Son (Jesus) but you will never be able to truly walk with God unless you embrace ALL of Him which includes the Holy Spirit in the Trinity and whom Jesus and Paul reference many times. In my life, I have been correctly taught that it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that I can even have faith in Jesus and have new life but too often the conversation stops there. We receive this new life and don’t really know what to do with it and we live a life devoid of power. It’s like getting a new toy with no batteries. With no power, the toy can serve as a doorstop, a paperweight, a huggable stuffed animal, but never do and be what it was created to do and be. The Holy Spirit gives AND empowers this new life. Jesus says, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:13 (NIV)

Scripture

Luke 11:9-13

Prayer

Dear Father, forgive me when I let my life go into vacation mode. Pour out your Holy Spirit into my heart today, tomorrow, and every day after. Fill me with power knowing that sin, death, and the grave have been conquered. Empower me to seek and live the life you have called me to live.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.