God's Holy Fire: 'Filled with Joy!'

Thursday, November 25, 2021

And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
— Acts 13:52 NIV

Key Thought

Soup and sandwich. Love and marriage. Horse and carriage. These things go together according to a couple of old songs. But there are two things that go together far better than any of these. No, I am not talking about ham and eggs — or even Dr. Seuss' famous book Green Eggs and Ham.© I am talking about the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit within us and the deep rivers of lasting joy. When you find the Holy Spirit present in a person, you will also find joy. This joy is part of the irrepressible grace of God's presence within us through the Holy Spirit, bringing us assurance that our future is in him. The Spirit leads us and guides us in the present moment. The Spirit is at work conforming us to Jesus throughout our lives. The Spirit intercedes for us when we pray and fills us when we sing. The Spirit is the reminder of our future glory as we are molded with ever-increasing glory into the likeness of Jesus. Yes, the Spirit brings joy. Sometimes this joy is the giddiness of delight in experiencing God's presence. Sometimes it is comfort in the worst of disasters. Other times it is just that gentle assurance that we are not alone. But underneath it all, like the heartbeat in our chests, is the joy of the Spirit reminding us that we are God's children.

Today's Prayer

O God, my Abba Father, thank you for the joy I have in knowing that I am yours and that you live in me through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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Illustration of Acts 13:52 NIV — And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

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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