God's Holy Fire: 'Vitally Empowering'

Monday, February 12, 2024

Samuel took his flask of oil and anointed [David], with his brothers standing around watching. The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.
— 1 Samuel 16:13 MESSAGE

Key Thought

Throughout the Old Testament, God's Spirit would come on leaders for a time and empower them in special ways. However, David was led and empowered by the Spirit for his whole life after he was anointed by Samuel, although his sinful time with Bathsheba made him question whether God would remove the Spirit and his leadership because of his sin (Psalm 51:10-11). The remarkable thing about the Holy Spirit under the new covenant is that he comes upon all Jesus' true followers: men and women, young and old, leaders or followers (Acts 2:1-39; Acts 5:32; Romans 8:9), and he stays with us. We have this "vitally empowering" gift living inside us, to guide us, convict us, empower us, equip us, intercede for us, and transform us. What a precious gift!

Today's Prayer

Thank you, Father, for the incredible gift of the Holy Spirit. As I continue on this journey to learn more about your Spirit, I want to yield my life fully to the influence of the Spirit. I want to reflect Jesus and honor you in all that I do and all that I am. I ask that this "vitally empowering" presence of your Spirit do what needs to be done in me to honor you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of 1 Samuel 16:13 MESSAGE —  The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.

About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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