God's Holy Fire: 'Spirit-Compelled'

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

[Paul said,] "And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there."
— Acts 20:22 NIV

Key Thought

A rocket is propelled by rocket fuel. A follower of Jesus is compelled by the Spirit of the living God and the love of Jesus. So let's honestly look inside our hearts and ask ourselves this important question: "What compels and propels me?" All sources of compulsion and propulsion other than the Spirit of the living God and the love of Jesus will either run out on us or burn us out and destroy us. What is my fuel?

Today's Prayer

Father God, you bought my freedom from sin at the cost of Jesus. You have filled me with your Spirit to empower me and inspire me to do your will. Help me discern the false sources I depend on to fuel me, motivate me, and propel me. I want to be compelled and propelled only by your Spirit and the love of Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.

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Illustration

Illustration of Acts 20:22 NIV — [Paul said,] "And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there."

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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