The Power of the Spirit


Gods Story For Your Life

The Power of the Spirit
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Read 1 Chronicles
12:8-18
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Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, the
leader of the Thirty, and he said, “We
are yours, David! We are on your side,
son of Jesse. Peace and prosperity be
with you, and success to all who help
you, for your God is the one who helps
you.” / (1 Chronicles
12:18)

Reflect
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How did the Holy Spirit work in Old
Testament times? The Spirit came upon
individuals in order to accomplish
specific goals. The Spirit gave Bezalel
artistic ability (Exodus 31:1-5),
Jephthah military prowess (Judges 11:29),
David power to rule (1 Samuel
16:13), and Zechariah an authoritative word of
prophecy (2 Chronicles 24:20).
Here the Holy Spirit came upon Amasai, one of
David’s warriors. When there
was an important job to be done, God chose a
person to do it, and the Spirit
gave that person the needed power and ability.

Beginning at Pentecost,
however, the Spirit came upon all believers, not only
to empower them to do
God’s will, but also to dwell in them day by day (Acts
2:14-21). “The Spirit
is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance
he promised and that
he has purchased us to be his own people” (Ephesians
1:14). Jesus promised
that the Spirit would teach his disciples and remind
them of his words (John
14:26; 16:15). The Spirit is convicting the world of
sin, of God’s
righteousness, and of judgment, and he is also guiding Jesus’
followers into
all truth (John 16:8, 13).

Respond
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We Christians are those
who have been filled by the Holy Spirit. We should
thank God for the Spirit’s
indwelling and for the personal guidance of his
Spirit.

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