Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 5-27-20

John 3:31-36 (TPT)
31 “For the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks from the natural realm. But the One who comes from above is above everything and speaks of the highest realm of all! 32 His message is about what he has seen and experienced, even though people don’t accept it. 33 Yet those who embrace his message know in their hearts that it’s the truth.

34 “The One whom God has sent to represent him will speak the words of God, for God has poured out upon him the fullness of the Holy Spirit without limitation. [without measure] 35 The Father loves his Son so much that all things have been given into his hands.[all things/people/authority] 36 Those who trust in the Son possess eternal life; but those who don’t obey the Son will not see life, and God’s anger will rise up against them.”

In our passage today, John the Baptist tells his disciples about the need for them to now support Christ and his disciples; to be excited and joyful about the Savior and his followers increasing in influence. John reminds his disciples they have an earthly job to do to share the gospel, but it is always imperative to exalt the One who came from God and carries the fullness of the Spirit. As we trust in Christ and obey his Word, we too are given the fullness of the Spirit. However, we must choose to operate in the Spirit rather than in our human understanding—our flesh cannot understand the ways of the Spirit. When we invite the Spirit to fill us, we may release the work of the Spirit to bring spiritual health and healing to those around us. Certainly, we can engage in ministry in our flesh, but it will never accomplish what the work of the Spirit can do through us as we trust and obey the Word. The anointing of the Spirit brings freedom and unlimited power for redemption and restoration. Let us pray for the work of the Spirit in our hearts and through our lives. Praise God!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the Gift of the Spirit; the limitless Spirit of eternal life and wholeness. I cling to and trust you in all things to guide my paths. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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