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In Whom the Spirit Dwells

In Whom the Spirit Dwells  

Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” (Genesis 41:38).

Scripture: Genesis 41:37–46, 50–52
Song: “By My Spirit” (by Almeda Herrick)

My son, Christopher, grew sicker by the hour. I decided to skip the last service of our citywide crusade at the Portland Coliseum, even though I held a reserved seat with the evangelist on the platform. My wife drove the fully loaded church van in my stead. After the group left, I felt sad, then desperate when I checked my son’s temperature: 101 degrees and rising. I strapped him into the car seat and headed to store for a bottle of children’s aspirin.

At the store my line stalled as a couple counted out quarters to buy a handful of groceries. Obviously, they were experiencing hard times. The Holy Spirit tugged at my heart, so I offered to pay for their purchase. He stood speechless; she wept. Now realizing the Spirit had led me there, I shared God’s plan of salvation.

When we returned home, I rechecked Christopher’s temperature—no fever, no flu symptoms either. That day was providential. For me, ministering to a needy couple proved a higher priority than sitting on the platform with a famous evangelist. When we follow the Holy Spirit’s gentle guidance, miracles can happen—and people will find eternal life.

Dear Spirit of God, Your indwelling has many purposes. You lead me each day and help me reach out to others in need. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for giving me wisdom, anointing, and discernment to carry out Your ministry. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“In Whom the Spirit Dwells” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Listen Up

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Read Genesis 42:1 through 45:28

A serious epidemic has sprouted up in the world. It seems to affect teenagers the most, but anyone can get it. The symptoms are easily recognizable: lack of attention, difficulty hearing instructions, and disregarding sound advice. Doctors have not officially named this disease, but for the time being, we can call it, “Not Listening.”

When Joseph’s brothers would not listen to his pleas—and Reuben’s pleas—for his release, their poor decision came back to haunt them.

Reuben replied, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood” (Genesis 42:22).

With God, we give account with our eternal souls. Therefore, we must listen to His guidance, which comes in many forms: counsel from godly parents, sermons from pastors, lessons from Sunday School teachers, and daily devotionals—to name a few. God has made every effort to warn us about the consequences of sin. He wants us to pay close attention.

Prayer Suggestion: Each day, set aside a quiet time during prayer: no talking, just listening.

Quicklook: Genesis 42:14–24

—Charles Earl Harrel

Pray that God would send out workers into His harvest field.

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