April 2, 2014

The supernatural power of the Almighty

By Angeliky Santos, a senior history and youth ministry double major from Goshen
SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:6-11 (NRSV)
DEVOTIONAL:

The speed and business of everyday life can lead any Christian to forget who they are to be in the world and in relationship with God. As part of the body of Christ, we are to remind ourselves daily of what is our ultimate goal, and what should be the main task of our everyday life—which is to commit our lives in following Christ. In Romans 8:6-11, Apostle Paul reminds us that the supernatural presence of the living God enters our lives once we accept Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit within us is the same supernatural presence that resurrected Christ from the dead—the same rushing mighty wind that filled the place where the apostles were gathered, placed burning tongues above their heads, and allowed them to speak in tongues. It is the same presence that lives within us.

The supernatural power brings us nourishment, healing and power to overcome sin and evil in the world. We will encounter hardships in our lives, but we know that the Holy Spirit within us will strengthen us, so that we will stand firm and face what is to come in the future with courage. If we are standing upon the rock and remember that the Holy Spirit of God is inside of us, nothing can shake our ground, because our hearts will be focused on God. Therefore, if you feel weak, discouraged and spiritually emptied, remember that the Spirit of the Living God is inside of you! The supernatural power of the Almighty is in you! Declare it, believe it, and you will see the Holy Spirit working in miraculous ways within your life.

SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:6-11 (NRSV)

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

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Comments (8)

  1. Thank you for those great words of encouragement! They touched my heart. I needed that today. God has awesome ways of speaking to our hearts!

    Sandy April 2, 2014 |
  2. Thank you , Angel for your encouraging and very perceptive devotional. Indeed the Holy Spirit, when we are open to being led, can work miraculously in our lives. Wilma

    Wilma Shank April 2, 2014 |
  3. Thank you for reminding me that the same power that raised Christ and that caused the rushing mighty wind is in me. Praise be to God!

    Ruth April 2, 2014 |
  4. Thank you, Angeliky, for your empowering message. It reminded me that the very same Spirit of the Resurrection and Pentecost is in me.
    Easter blessing,
    Mervyn Carapiet

    Mervyn Carapiet April 2, 2014 |
  5. Thank you for your powerful words of encouragement. Blessings to you!

    Judy April 2, 2014 |
  6. Thank you for your encouragement and inspiration in your reflection!

    Phil Ebersole April 2, 2014 |
  7. Great scripture on setting the mind on the Spirit of Christ. The mind is a battlefield. So many mental disturbances could be tamed! Amen.

    Astania Kamau April 3, 2014 |
  8. Amen!!! Muchas gracias Angeliky!

    Gwen April 3, 2014 |