I wish you could have been here this week. It’s been intense . . . each day our staff has been meeting for 3.5+ hours to hear from Richard Owen Roberts, Shannon O’Dell, and ultimately the Holy Spirit. God’s been speaking and moving in amazing ways, and I’d like to share with you a few things I’ve learned over the course of my next few posts. Basically, God’s told me, “I want to use you. In huge ways. But I need you to get a hold of a few things first.” (By the way, I think He wants to use you in huge ways, too.) And He will, if you get a hold of this:
God’s powerful presence lives in you . . . operate in His power!
It’s so easy to SAY I believe God’s Spirit lives in me, but as I examine my life it’s obvious I don’t, because my daily living just doesn’t reflect His power. I’ve been more like the person described in 2 Timothy 3:5, who has a form of godliness, but “denies the power therof.”
In fact, I relate a whole lot to Peter. On his own, he was a fearsome mess. Matthew 26:69–75 shows him so knock-knee scared he’s cussing (yes, cussing!) and lying through his teeth saying he never even knew this Jesus-dude. And yet just weeks later, 3,000 souls are saved after he preaches one power-packed sermon. What caused this dramatic difference in Peter? There’s no other explanation than . . . the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2 tells us Peter stood up to preach just after the Holy Spirit filled him on the day of Pentecost.)
I’m done underestimating the resurrection power that is in me. From now on, I plan to rely on the Person of Jesus in me, not in a position or title I’m given. And I thoroughly anticipate seeing unbelievable things as a result:
How about you? Do you believe—really truly believe—the very powerful presence of God lives in you? How would your life be different if you lived like this?