Daily Devotion for June 8th, 2020
Joel 2:28b-29: I will pour out my SPIRIT upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions. In those days, I will pour out my SPIRIT even on servants, men and women alike.
Oh, to have sat at the feet of JESUS! To have listened to HIS teachings, from HIS mouth, in HIS voice! To have watched the crowds pushing in on HIM, reaching for HIM, touching HIM!
To have offered up my children to sit on HIS knees and receive HIS blessings! To have seen my SAVIOR's compassionate gaze! To have witnessed HIM heal the hurting, feed the hungry, and quench the thirst of those truly seeking GOD. To have bathed HIS feet with my tears, to have wiped the dust off of them with my hair...
I didn't get to experience JESUS in the flesh. GOD appointed me (and you!) to be born in this time. And though my eyes long to have “seen” my SAVIOR, I have better; I get to experience JESUS in my heart! Let me explain...
It was best for JESUS to go away to be with His FATHER after HIS death and resurrection, because if HE hadn't, the COUNSELOR would not have come (John 16:7-8). This COUNSELOR, the HOLY SPIRIT, convicted me of my sin so many years ago. Moreover, the HOLY SPIRIT's revealing of GOD's righteousness and of the coming judgment caused me to turn to the LAMB of GOD—HIS perfect sacrifice paid for my sins and made me white as snow. I love that!
Through this HOLY SPIRIT, JESUS is with me always (Matthew 28:20, John 14:16-18). JESUS sent HIM to me (to you, and to every believer in the SON) upon my acceptance of HIS saving work on the cross. HE is my guarantee of my “adopted child of GOD” standing, HE is my passport into my eternal home, and HE is my guide in understanding scripture and in understanding GOD's thoughts.
The HOLY SPIRIT does all this for me (for us!) because GOD knew me in advance and HE chose me to become like His SON. JESUS was the firstborn, and now I am HIS sister (Romans 8:29-30)! How radically amazing and undeserved is that??!!!
This indwelling of the HOLY SPIRIT, furthermore, has made us into new people! We are not the same anymore because the old life is gone and our new lives in CHRIST have begun (2 Corinthians 5:17)!!! “And as the SPIRIT of the LORD works within us, we become more and more like HIM and reflect HIS glory even more” (2 Corinthians 3:18b). That means JESUS is using the mighty HOLY SPIRIT to make us “look” and “act” like HIM!
We are HIS hands, we are HIS feet, we are HIS compassionate eyes - We are being used by GOD, in the HOLY SPIRIT's power, to bring HIS Good News and HIS healing touch to a lost and hurting world.
Today, thank JESUS for dying for your sins! Thank JESUS for being raised from the dead! Thank JESUS for not sticking around on earth! We needed HIM “gone” so HE could send us HIS mighty HOLY SPIRIT...the never leaving us, ever growing us, always guiding us SPIRIT of the LIVING GOD. HE serves as our heavenly “guarantee” and as our “passport” into the future presence of the SON. “And I am certain that GOD, who began the good work within you, will continue HIS work until it is finally finished on the day when CHRIST JESUS returns” (Philippians 1:6). AMEN!!!!!