May 14th The Holy Spirit – Source of Life
Bible Reading: Luke 1:34-35, John 15:5, Acts 17:26-29
Luke 1:34-35 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
Acts 17: 26-29 ‘And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.’
A while ago, I met a man on the train who interrupted my bible reading with a question. “Why do you believe in this book? When I looked up I saw a pair of eyes curiously staring at me. I also noticed that he was drunk. Nevertheless, my response was emphatic – “It is my life!” As our conversation progressed, I was pleasantly surprised that he was genuinely seeking for answers.
This question became a platform for me to speak not only to the enquirer, but also indirectly to other commuters on the train. I challenged a question in the process. ‘Why is the expression “body” used when a person dies?’ He couldn’t answer the question, so I simply explained that there is no life without the spirit. The drunken stranger was captivated by the answer and thanked me fervently.
In Gen 2:7 it says “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” One may be living and breathing air but the question that needs to be answered is: Does this really equate to true life? The answer lies in our consciousness of the Holy Spirit living within and our yieldingness to His leading in our lives. Even the Godhead used the power of the Holy Spirit not only in the conception of the Son of God but also in His ministry, death and resurrection. Jesus unashamedly declared in John 5:19 that He could do nothing of Himself except that which was transmitted from His Father.
• Pray for the grace to submit and obey the leading of the Holy Spirit in every area of your life. John 5:30; Rom 8:14
• Pray for the breath of Holy Spirit to resurrect every God-given assignment that has been buried due to adversity.
Ezekiel 37:5-14; John 11:25
Thought for the day:
Life, purpose and destiny are in HIM