God's Holy Fire: 'Anointed with the Holy Spirit'

Thursday, February 28, 2019

[Peter said,] "Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action. He went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the Devil. He was able to do all this because God was with him."
— Acts 10:38 MESSAGE

Key Thought

The Bible talks about the Holy Spirit as the promised gift of God. While there are many amazing things about this gift, one of the most amazing is that the gift of the Holy Spirit, this anointing from God, is something we share in common with Jesus. More than just helping us know intellectually the truth about Jesus (1 John 2:20-27), the Holy Spirit is at work to conform us to be like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). This gift ensures that God is not "out there somewhere," but that God lives in us and we are his holy temple because of his presence within us (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Our response? To be people in whom God is glorified! We are gifted, and we, in turn, glorify the Giftor!

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, to think you would come and live inside me through your Holy Spirit is incredibly humbling. I confess that I do not think about this reality as frequently as I should. There are times that I have not dedicated myself to being a holy place for your presence to dwell. Please cleanse me, purify my heart, and be glorified in my actions as I try to live consciously for your glory. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of Acts 10:38 MESSAGE — "Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action."

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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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