When Jesus began his public ministry, he began by calling a diverse group of men to disciple them. Because he was the teacher or, Rabbi, he was responsible for his students’ education and ensuring that they were prepared for the ministry that lay ahead. If you will notice, everything Jesus said or did was on purpose. When speaking publically, his students remained quiet so that they could listen and learn as well as out of respect for the teacher. When class was over, and the masses had departed, they asked questions. The problem with education is no matter how good the teacher is or how solid the classes are structured, it all pales in comparison to life and is unable to teach soft skills like avoiding pitfalls, use of communication, and putting the information into practice. In the same way, we can know all of the books of the Bible, quote the 23 Psalms, and know the commandments but fail when it comes to weightier matters like dealing with temptation and walking in obedience. It is for this reason that the Holy Spirit of the Living G-d was sent and why we need it operating in and through our lives. My encouragement for you today is that if the Holy Spirit is not in you, and you’ll know it, 2023 will be the year you take your walk from an academic to a purpose-driven life.
Verses: John 16, Acts 2, Acts 19:1-10, Psalms 24
Famous Quote: “The Holy Spirit illuminates the minds of people, makes us yearn for God, and takes spiritual truth and makes it understandable to us.” – Billy Graham.
Thank you for this day that you have given. Thank you for all that you teach me and the grace to share it. Help me daily to grow closer to you and to increase the sensitivity of my ears to hear what the Holy Spirit has to say to me. Help me to learn and then take the information from an academic to a purpose-driven life. I pray that my readers will catch hold of the fire and grower closer to you also. I pray for my family that you will daily watch over them and keep them safe. I pray that you will continue to shake the world and its elected leaders so that they may be silenced before you. I pray for the military, law enforcement, and EMT communities that you will be with every one of them and bring them safely home. I pray over our politicians that you will continue to shake them to their core with the message of the Ephod so that they fully understand whom they serve. I pray for the city of Stacy, the state of Minnesota, and the USA may your Spirit fall fresh upon us. I pray for the truckers who carry supplies to our communities. I thank you for healing our land with rain that refreshes the land and the storms that shake the heart of mankind. I pray for those who need a special touch from you today. Finally, I pray that my words will always be an encouragement to all who read these words in Jesus’ name I pray. May your peace be upon my family, city, state, nation, and world. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalms 19:14).
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