I love to read! I love to read various genres (The Bible-of course-and mostly Christian non-fiction, children’s, pre-teen, and teen reads, but on occasion I treat myself to Christian fiction), and I love to read them all at the same time! I have also noticed that I love to RESEARCH topics of interest to me, to obtain various opinions and points of view. I like to understand the BIG picture.
It is also amazing to me how God is ALWAYS at work in our lives. I believe He controls my thoughts and actions THROUGH the gift of the Holy Spirit, who resides in me.
You may be thinking, what does reading have to do with the gift of the Holy Spirit? Well, let me explain: I feel like God speaks to me through what I read, and I get excited thinking about how He directs me to WHAT I should read each day in an effort to show me what He wants me to learn that day (all through the power of the Holy Spirit).
This morning He really shook me up! In a book written by Henry and Melvin Blackaby, entitled Experiencing the Spirit: The Power of Pentecost Every DayExperiencing the Spirit: The Power of Pentecost Every Day, the authors made the following claim (I don’t have the book with me or I would quote them exactly):
WOW! The same Spirit, exactly. I had to ponder that thought for a bit…I think I have always thought of Jesus as human – but not really. …completely human (like me)…using ONLY the power of the Holy Spirit? I had just never thought about it that way….What do you think? Have you always understood that? What does it mean to you in your walk with Jesus to know that he walked and lived by the same power that you and I walk and live?