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Are You Lacking Real Power ??????

12 Sep

 

 

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”. Acts 2:1-4

 

What an unforgettable experience it must have been, to actually have been present on the Day of Pentecost, and to witness believers as they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Many of us think that access to that kind of power is not possible for us today. In fact, sometimes we feel our faith becoming dry and lifeless, as if all of the spiritual energy we once had for service to God has left us. Yet, the Holy Spirit is still available to us today just as He always has been, waiting for us to ask for His presence and power. There are great examples given to us throughout the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments.

 

One story that comes to my mind is with the Old Testament prophet in Ezekiel 37:1-14, who was given a vision where the Lord instructed him to prophesy to a valley full of bones.

“So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them”. (Ezekiel 37:7-8)

So the bones came together, but they had no life, they were dry, brittle bones. The same is true for us when we try to do anything for our Lord in our own power without the Holy Spirit’s power enabling us; we have no life in us either.

“Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army”. (Ezekiel 37:9)

The Bible many times uses the words “wind” or “breath” to show the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is this breath of God, His Holy Spirit that comes upon us, and into us; He empowers us for His service. The key for us to receive this power is obedience. In verse 10, Ezekiel says, “So I prophesied as he commanded me.” In other words, Ezekiel obeyed God. In Acts 1:12, the Apostles returned to Jerusalem and waited in the upper room just as Jesus had commanded (Acts 1:4). We can see here that the disciples were obedient as well.

 

If you are feeling spiritually dry, or maybe you’re just going through the motions of your Christian life without any significant purpose or direction, then it’s time to ask God through, His Spirit, to show you in what area of your life you need to obey. Ask God’s Holy Spirit to fill you as you are obedient and empowered to serve Him.

 

Something to consider on this beautiful day!

 

Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,

Levi

 
22 Comments

Posted by on September 12, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Inspiration, Life, Religion

 

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22 responses to “Are You Lacking Real Power ??????

  1. Lilka Raphael

    September 12, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Great words to consider this morning! Thank you! 🙂

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  2. atimetoshare

    September 12, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Thanks for your inspiration!

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 12, 2014 at 7:25 am

      You’re welcome and thank you for your constant work and inspiration. 😀

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  3. wingedprisms

    September 12, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Great post Levi! Have a great day. 😀
    cate

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  4. bill theunfetteredpreacher cote

    September 12, 2014 at 8:15 am

    O Lord, help us to obey….good word, thanks

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  5. sporterhall

    September 12, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Hallelujah! This is right on time Levi! Thank you and God bless!

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 12, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Good girl, Sylvia!! I hope you have a very wonderful weekend!!!🌺

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      • sporterhall

        September 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

        That is the plan Levi. I hope that you have a very wonderful weekend also! 🙂

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  6. Cynthia Reyes

    September 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Yet another helpful and supportive post, Levi.
    Thank you and wishing you a good weekend.

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  7. a gentle iconoclast

    September 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Yes, Levi! We need to obey our King. He obeyed. Obedience equals love. Thankfully, little by little, and sometimes in large things, He shows us where we’re going wrong. May we have ears to hear.
    God bless you, and thank you for reading my posts!

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  8. Levi Thetford

    September 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Amen to everything you said. It’s my pleasure to be able to read your posts and thank you for posting them. I hope you have a great weekend my friend. 🙂

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  9. kiwiskan

    September 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    timely

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  10. mzpresser

    September 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I just love this. You write in such a way that the truths of God become so simple. So thankful for your friendship!

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 12, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you, and I’m thankful for yours too!!!

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  11. DJ Mynatt

    September 13, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Thank you for quoting one of my favorite passages in the New Testament!

    blessings.

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