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.
In one of my devotionals I read recently, it shared the coolest story that made me sit still for awhile and think….
I wanted to share it with you. It came from Homeword devotionals by Jim Burns.
“I heard a story a few years ago about a farmer in the panhandle of Texas. This farmer and his wife had eked out a meager living in the dusty panhandle for 30 years when a man came to their door. He was impeccably dressed in a three-piece suit and drove a fancy car. The man told the farmer that he had good reason to believe there was a reservoir of oil underneath his property. If the farmer would allow the gentleman to drill, perhaps the farmer would become a wealthy man. The farmer stated emphatically that he didn’t want anyone messing up his property and asked the stranger to leave.
The next year, about the same time, the gentleman returned with his nice clothes and another fancy car. The oilman pleaded with the farmer, and again the farmer said no. This same experience went on for the next eight years. During those eight years, the farmer and his wife really struggled to make ends meet. Nine years after the first visit from the oilman, the farmer came down with a disease that put him in the hospital. When the gentleman arrived to plead his case for oil, he spoke to the farmer’s wife. Reluctantly, she gave permission to drill.
Within a week, huge rigs began the process of drilling for oil. The first day nothing happened. The second day was filled with only disappointment and dust. But on the third day, right around noon, black bubbly liquid began to shoot up into the air. The oilman had found “black gold,” and the farmer and his wife were instantly millionaires.
You probably aren’t sitting on a hidden oilfield, but you certainly have a reservoir of power in your life. If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit works in your life. You can tap into His power and live your life with His supernatural strength. The Holy Spirit will empower you to live life on a greater level, but you’ve got to tap into His power source just like the farmer needed to drill for oil.”
Ephesians 5:18 say “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Galatians 5:16-17 “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.”
For some reason, the teachings of the Holy Spirit is one that God continually brings up in my Bible study time. I think He knows I need gentle reminding of the Truth found in these scriptures quite often. To me, it is a way of living that is sometimes contrary to the culture we live it.
Living according to the Spirit is when the Holy Spirit is guiding your thoughts and actions…not my will…or selfish stubbornness as it can sometimes be called.
That sinful nature cravings can sometimes get us into a lot of trouble. I speak from experience. We have these flesh tendencies that tend to struggle with the Spirit tendencies if we are believers in Christ.
Galatians 5:16-17 “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
The Word say the desire alone to just “do good” is not enough to overcome our flesh.
Romans 7:21 says ” I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.”
Instead, we are called to live by the Spirit of God…the Holy Spirit…the Helper as I would like to call Him.
Some believers say this is just too hard. For those of you saying that…I would like to encourage you by sharing with you 3 steps of how you can become victorious in living this way!
1 – Abiding in a right relationship with Jesus. Hungering after what He says we are to live like.
Galatians 5:25 says ” If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
The Greek word for “Walk” here is literally “walk in line with”. To walk in line with is to walk along the path that He has laid down. We have to be in the Word of God to know what His path looks like.
2 – We have to understand that true strength is found in our weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now
I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through
me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships,
persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am
It is when I finally realize I have shortcomings and flesh tendencies that do not reflect God, that I submit to the Holy Spirit to lead me in the areas that I may be strong in as well as weak in. I can not control everything….ok – I think God is saying in this scripture it was never meant for us to control anything when the Holy Spirit is leading us.
3 – We are to continually submit to the urging of the Holy Spirit.
As I mentioned earlier in the scripture of Ephesians 5:18, Paul says we are to be filled with the Spirit. The tense of the Greek for “be filled” makes it clear that such a Spirit-filled condition does not stop with a one time experience, but is maintained by continually asking to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, I wake up daily and ask God to help me submit to His leading and not my own. I don’t rely on what got me through yesterday. Each day is a new day and a new walk with the Holy Spirit.
God’s people are searching for the power to change their lives when in fact the power is already dwelling within them in the form of God’s Holy Spirit.
If you are not already a follower of Jesus I would like to invite you to visit my “Do you know Jesus?” tab at the top. You can begin to tap into His reservoir of power when you are walking in His Salvation! If you are a believer…don’t stop asking for the filling of the Holy Spirit each day. It makes all the difference in the world!