In this blog, we continue with our theme of Dependence taken from The prayer covenant.
Power of The Holy Spirit
In our previous program we read passages from John 14 and Jesus’ promise to send us His Holy Spirit. After making those promises, He concluded with the words, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
We are in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. The world is in chaos. Many are on lockdown, many have lost jobs, businesses have closed. Families have experienced death intimately, and the world is hungry for comfort because hearts are troubled. We know Covid-19 will pass, yet we will always be facing different kinds of crises that challenge us to trust the Lord. These turbulent times demand each of us to test ourselves and ask difficult questions.
What am I most dependent upon? My health? My finances? My job or career?
Can I say with confidence, My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus? (Philippians 4:19).
When you are feeling stressed, discouraged or frightened, imagine Jesus speaking His promises over you, just like He did to His disciples. Let’s say together the promises of Jesus.
I will not leave you as an orphan; I will come to you; Because I live, you also will live.
I love you; I will show Myself to you; I will teach you all things; I will give you My peace.
On Pentecost, not long after Jesus’ promise, a strong wind blew, and He filled everyone with His Holy Spirit:
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them (Acts 2:2-4).
That same Holy Spirit can dwell inside of each one of us and is ours for the asking. The following verse is my prayer for you:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
If we are dependent upon the Holy Spirit, we will be filled with the fruit of His Spirit. How comforting to know that we can be filled with His joy and peace in spite of our circumstances! We can abound in hope because of the Holy Spirit within us.