Devotion – July 18, 2015 – The Gift of the Holy Spirit

acts2_17In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
—Acts 2:17

In the Old Testament, God put His Spirit on a select few and sometimes only for a given time.  The first King of Israel, Saul, was given the Spirit of God, but after a while he started getting full of himself and started going against the Lord and the God removed His Spirit from him.  However, we are promised something different.

On Pentecost, shortly after Jesus’ ascension, the Spirit came in power to the disciples and then spread around to all believers.  The Holy Spirit has been poured out on all believers.

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
– 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

You have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit and He is your comforter, advocate, guide, He bears fruit in you, He reveals the Scriptures to you, He creates faith and sustains you, and He is a guarantee of your salvation and the resurrection to come.

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for sending your Spirit.  May Your Spirit guide us and protect us and keep us in true faith to life everlasting.

Amen.

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