Posted on: 10th June 2019
“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.”
I love meeting up with people who I have not seen in a long time. Some people hate it, especially if it is a relative who likes to grab your cheeks and squeeze them. The words, “Oh, haven’t you changed!” are regularly used as a recognition that time changes things.
There are other times, when you have been with a certain person or group and it is noticeable by the way you now act or speak. Do you have any of those people in your life who seem to bring out the worst in you? Do others notice it? In 1 Corinthians 15:33, St Paul says, “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.””
Are there any relationships that you know that are draining you of your good character? If there are, make a wise choice to change your company.
King Solomon, in Proverbs 27:17 said, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
There are relationships and friendships out there for you that will keep you sharp and focused if you take the time to develop them and allow others to develop you. These mutually beneficial relationships are seen throughout the Bible (Joshua and Caleb, David and Jonathan, Paul and Silas, Paul and Timothy etc…).
But the most life changing relationship you can enter into is with God.
We see from the life of the early apostles that their encounter with the Holy Spirit made a radical change to them. They received POWER. The literal translation is DYNAMITE.
Imagine if your relative turned up to see you and recognised you had received the Holy Spirit in your life! That’s what the early church received and the Holy Spirit is the same now as then.
My challenge for you this week is to read in Acts about the impact the Holy Spirit made to those early disciples.
If you believe in God and have accepted that Jesus died for you, then why not pray, like those early disciples did, for the Holy Spirit’s power to fill you.
What impact do you think that would have on St Wilfrid’s, Blackburn, Lancashire, England, and the ends of the earth?
Posted on: 18th September 2017
“He will empower you with inner strength.”
Ephesians 3:16 (NLT)
Have you ever watched a super hero film and been convinced that you have super powers that you haven’t discovered yet? Or looked at a freshly run bath and thought, “It can’t be that hard to walk on water!?”
As much as we can close our eyes and convince ourselves we can teleport from our desk to somewhere lovely and warm especially in this September rain we seem to have, we sometimes feel pretty weak. In fact, for most of us, not having super powers is probably our version or normal. We’ve all had moments of sheer helplessness, where it’s almost impossible to get out of bed because we are physically/emotionally exhausted. Yet in those moments, as hard as it is we can trust God, then if you are willing to, His power goes with you. Isaiah 40v 29 says, “He gives STRENGTH to the weary and increases the POWER of the weak.” That’s a pretty cool encouragement, right?
We may not have teleportation powers, but that verse tells us that even in our weakest moments, we have power that God will build on. That verse means that we don’t have to live in extortion and weakness but that we can live in His power, His strength and His courage.
What does this mean for us?
When we try to do things on our own it can seem hard but have courage. Have the courage to trust in God, in our weakness he is strong. Have the courage to believe with Him you can do more that you can on your own.
This week, have courage, step out and try something new.