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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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Charles Earl Harrel

Sifting and Winnowing

Another great blog post by Karen. Perhaps we all need to go down to the Water for some sifting.

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Photo/KatenJordanMy heart pounded as I braved my re-entry into my writing space. I simply did not want to work on another uninspired blog post. Why, I didn’t know. But I knew I needed to identify the source of my resistance to what I’m passionate about—writing.

From my office chair, I scribbled a few forced phrases—those anticipated first and necessary words. The ones I demanded myself to write. It was a painful hour.

Even though they were interesting, they weren’t satisfying. And I grieved once again for inspiration that would give me life—meaningful thoughts flowing from a grateful heart. But the words I produced were stale and stodgy. Would anyone be blessed by reading them? I thought not.

The next morning, I awoke to another day of blank pages. So I confessed to my husband, Dan, “I’m really struggling with the blog posts I should have already written.”

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A Prophet Needed

Prophet NeededRead 2 Chronicles 27:1 through 28:27

The twelve tribes no longer lived in unity. They had divided into rival kingdoms: Judah in the south and Israel in the north. As separated kingdoms, they were often bitter enemies. One ruler, King Ahaz of Judah, had forsaken God, causing many in Judah to do the same. Therefore, God allowed the army of Israel to overrun the forces of Judah. However, King Pekah went too far. His army killed 120,000 Judean soldiers in a single day and took thousands more captive before returning to Samaria. The Israelites intended to make slaves of their own kinsmen, including women and children. They did not recognize their iniquity.

A prophet of the Lord named Oded was there, and he went out to meet the army when it returned to Samaria. (2 Chronicles 28:9).

God sent a prophet to point out their transgression so they would release the prisoners. Prophets were needed back then, and the Church still needs them today. Prophets are called and gifted by the Holy Spirit to help with spiritual direction, especially when problems arise. They confirm the will of God and edify the body of Christ with their words.

Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to raise up anointed prophets for ministry.

Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 28:5-15
—Charles Earl Harrel

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