We heard a lot this week about the infilling, power and fire of the Holy Spirit.
Powerful. Using the analogy of war, our altar area looked like a battlefield, with bodies strewn about under the power of God.
Many were changed, transformed and encouraged.
So went our "season of renewal".
I believe that the beginning of the year is a great time to renew ourselves in God. To remind ourselves that it is, "not by might, nor by power but by the Spirit says the Lord of Hosts." (Zechariah 4:6)
If we live in the Spirit we will find that all that is of the flesh in our lives is swallowed up.
If we live in the Spirit we will find that we can be free from all bondage.
Look at the disciples.
Before they received the Holy Spirit - they were living in bondage.
When Jesus said, "one of you shall betray me," they were doubtful of themselves and questioned, "Is it I?" (Matthew 26:21-22)
They were very conscious of their own inner depravity and propensity to sin.
Peter, being Peter, said, "though I should die with you, yet I will not deny you." (verse 35).
The others said the same, but then all forsook Jesus and ran away.
But after the power of God fell upon them in the upper room, they were as bold as lions in facing the persecutions of the enemy.
What made them so? The purity and power that is by the Holy Spirit.
God can make you an overcomer.
When the Spirit of God comes into your surrendered spirit and soul he transforms you.
God is in you. God is able to so transform and change you that all the "old man" has to go - before God's life in you.
Let me ask you this today. Do you think that God has made you to be a failure?
Absolutely not. God will never call you into anything (in our pilgrimage with him) without giving you the necessary authority and power to do what he has called you to do - especially when it comes to a daily walk with Him.
God made you to be a daughter or son of His. To walk on this planet in the power of the Spirit, overcoming your flesh and defeating the devil - until nothing arises up within you except what is of the supernatural Spirit of God.
My word to you today? Be an overcomer. Once again, be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Just a thought for a Thursday.