15 Feb Day 17
Holy Spirit-God’s Holy Spirit
WRITTEN BY: Molly Raser
Scripture: Acts 10:38-39 NLT– “And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross.”
Read the full story in Acts 10!
Observation: Jesus is the Son of God, who took on the flesh of humanity in order to be fully God and fully man. God gave Jesus the power of the Holy Spirit in order to be able to move in the lives of the earthly people. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy Trinity (equal with God the Father and with Jesus Christ the Son). It is most often described as the presence and power of God active in the world and in the lives of believers.
Application: As soon as you accept Jesus into your heart, you are full of the Holy Spirit. Though, this may be confusing as it is not you and I who anoint ourselves, it is God who does it for us. (1 John 2: 20-27) This blessing of being anointed by the Holy Spirit isn’t something you have to renew every few years like your license, nor does it ever run out. It is a forever thing. God anoints us to teach his truths so that we can please him by doing the work here on Earth, to guide others to Heaven.
Just like Jesus, the Holy Spirit may anoint people into a particular ministry. God has given each and every one of us a special gift to perform God’s work in a unique way.
Ever since I was little, I loved to burst out into some type of singing (sorry Mom and Dad, I’m sure it wasn’t the most joyful noise to hear your 2 year old scream singing in her room, whoops!). The art of music has always stood out to me in a very prominent way. I grew up in a very musical family—worship music constantly pumping through the speakers in our house, and some sort of instrument always being fiddled with. As I grew in my relationship with Jesus, I noticed that the music I was listening to had changed. Even the music that I thought touched me before, now had a whole new meaning. Being able to serve on our worship team here at The Journey is such a blessing. Beyond that, being able to feel the Holy Spirit moving through a song is a powerful feeling. Being brought to your knees, tears flowing down your face is not of our own doing—that is the Holy Spirit. Moving and working through the power of the worship, and it doesn’t stop there!
We all have been given unique and special abilities. While our gifts may fit into the same category as someone else’s, the way we execute our gifts is all unique! Not a single person has the same voice, the same power in prayer, the same ability to love others and more. Imagine how big and powerful the Holy Spirit could show up in our church and our community when we all use our gifts to help usher the presence of the Holy Spirit in.
Let’s use what God has given us to give glory to him, and make way for the Holy Spirit to move!
Prayer: Jesus, I pray today that you will fill me with your Holy Spirit. Let me not be selfish and live by my own power and ability, but let me be bold in all that I do and to live by your example, God. Allow me to use the gifts you have given me to shine your light onto others, not so that I feel seen God, but that they can see you working through me. Thank you Lord, for blessing me with the Holy Spirit and with power, and let me use it to work wonders for your kingdom. In your Name, I pray. Amen.
Molly Raser/Worship J-Teamer
Molly has been gathering at The Journey for about six years, and loves serving on the Worship Team as well as helping create an atmosphere for people to feel connected to Jesus. She is currently a Junior at UD, studying Exercise Science.
Join a J-Group and get connected with a group of people that have similar interests as you, and find a way to connect your super power to magnify what Jesus has blessed you with.
Ask yourself these tough questions:
- Is there an area in my life where I need to see the power of the Holy Spirit? A struggle in sin, a hurt from the past, a broken relationship?
- What is stopping me from using the gifts that God has given me?
Come back tomorrow for Day 18!
Dive deeper by reading more about the Holy Spirit. Here are some verses to get you started: 2 Corinthians 3:17, Romans 15:13, Acts 2:38.
Have an awesome worship session to these songs!
Tanya BrockPosted at 07:54h, 15 February
Alfred R CeaserPosted at 08:20h, 15 February
Beautiful posting on the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives!
Daniel McGaviskPosted at 09:34h, 15 February
Thanks for sharing this devotional! And thankful for you and your family being so willing to share your gifts in leading worship in our church. Great reminder that our differences make us stronger together and able to reach more for Christ.
Judith JoinvillePosted at 11:23h, 15 February
Thank you God for the Holy Spirit power in our lives. Thank you Molly for the powerfully reminder.