Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 5-25-18

May 25, 2018

Romans 8:9-11 New Living Translation

Many people have an idea of God; an image or a way to ascribe a respect or “feeling” to God.  That has never been enough for me.  I desire a thriving relationship with God the Creator of all things; I want to commune with the Holy One, learn about Him and myself, and enjoy fellowship.  Belief in the work of Christ on the cross is always the first step if we desire a relationship with God and want to learn how to walk with the Spirit.  The Father sends the Son and the Son sends the Spirit.  When the Holy Spirit descends upon on our hearts, we are endued with the love and power of Christ. Jesus taught us, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father” (John 14:12).

We can enjoy every day with God and grow in our understanding of how the power of Christ’s Spirit works within us.  This power of God in human vessels is not pitiful power it is dunamis (Greek) or dynamite (English).   So what are you going to do with the dynamite power within you, today?  May I offer a suggestion?  Seek the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, use your faith to raise the power within you, and release the dynamite love of God into the lives of others.  Go about your day radiating the love and power of Christ’s presence in you.

In our passage, the Apostle Paul writes to Christ’s followers in Rome and further explains what it means to have new life in the Spirit.

Romans 8:9-11 Life in the Spirit

9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life (your spirit becomes alive) because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for the dunamis that lives within me.  Help me to release it through faith and love for your glory.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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