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Accept His Gift

Weekly Devotionals

Accept His Gift

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.

2 Timothy 1:6-8

As we move towards Pentecost Sunday, it seems natural to think, again, about what it means to be living by the power of God. The Holy Spirit came down upon Jesus and He lived exercising His authority over darkness and death. He spoke Truth, healed people both body and spirit, gave hope to outcasts, transformed liars, cheaters, and murderers, fed multitudes with plenty leftover, and ultimately overcame death for all of us by dying on the cross. After returning to the Father, Jesus gave us the same power – as a gift! Praise be to God! Yet, many times, it is a gift that seems to be hard for us to accept.

As children we start to learn about darkness. We can’t see the people we trust and we can’t see the things that we know when the lights are out. Darkness is scary and isolating. With no grasp of safety and protection, we learn what it means to fear and begin our attempts at trying to conquer the unknown and the loneliness somehow.

Jesus says He is the light of the world and to NOT have the spirit of fear yet because we cannot see God nor the Holy Spirit with our eyes, we wonder how we can truly feel safe with Him. Yet by faith, if we begin to read what God has given to us through His Word and get together with others who know Him, we begin to see that God allows himself to be shown in ways we did not always anticipate. He knows we want to see Him and He desires to show Himself in a way that will be significant to us.

Seeing God isn’t just about looking at him with our eyes. Besides, the things we want to know about God is more than what can be contained in a picture of His face. As we mature, we start to learn that understanding rarely comes from a simple picture or an equation but it comes from the many things we interact with in life – things that are best captured in stories and testimonies. And so we learn that God is constantly revealing Himself and shedding light in our dark world. He doesn’t leave us in the dark and we need not fear.

The gift of God is in us, the Holy Spirit. Let us be reminded not to fear but to live in His power, His love and His self-control. Let us accept the gift of the Holy Spirit, trusting that He is the light which means we no longer remain in darkness! Let’s look to Him when we feel we are at battle because only He can show us His eternal way of making it right.

Have a wonderful week!
With love.