Sunday, May 31, 2015

Power



Daily reading: Acts 4:5-12
May 31, 2015

Focus scripture: They had Peter and John brought before them and asked, “By what power or in what name did you do this?” Acts 5:7

By what power do you do what you do? 

The Holy Spirit allowed Peter and John to continue the boundary breaking ministry of Jesus that infused wholeness, peace, love, forgiveness, healing and compassion into their community. 

Christ calls us to confidentially follow, to have the heart of God so that we can then be the hands, feet and voice of Christ.  When we are open to the Spirit’s movement, we will see the world differently.  Areas that need our help will surface and we will be able to respond from a place of compassionate understanding.

Christ calls us to choose God every moment of our lives.  This is a high calling that isn’t void of challenge.  We will face suffering and challenges along the way, the true sign of our commitment to the Spirit’s movement in our lives is if we are able to allow it to work through us when we are suffering and facing challenges.

Prayer:  Come Holy Spirit Come, may your power lead me today so that through You I am able to experience the presence of Christ.  Amen.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Turn to God



Daily reading: Acts 3:19-20
May 30, 2015

Focus scripture:  then the Lord will provide a season of relief from the distress of this age and he will send Jesus, whom he handpicked to be your Christ. Acts 3:20

So often we choose to find our own way forward.  It can literally cripple us because we close ourselves off from God’s movement and direction in our lives.  When we turn to God and follow God will offer relief from our distress.

Prayer:  Come, Holy Spirit Come, today I choose to follow, help me when I wander away.  Amen.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Rise Up!



Daily reading: Acts 3:1-10
May 29, 2015

Focus scripture: Peter said, “I don’t have any money, but I will give you what I do have.  In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, rise up and walk!” Acts 3:6

I find the healing passages in scripture to be both comforting and challenging.  I know so many people who have faithfully prayed to be cured of an illness and they were not.  I have also witnessed something powerful happen when people pray for healing and while they may not find a cure, they do find a wonderful supportive community that is present with them supporting them and caring for them during their illness.  I find healing in the community then as they journey with the one who is ailing.

God offers to us a means of healing that might be very different from a cure.  In the passage for today, the crippled man is hoping to receive money at the temple, since he is unable to work.  He asked Peter and John for a gift and Peter through the power of the Holy Spirit was able to give him something money cannot buy.
This gift transformed not just the man’s life but the entire communities. 
Do you believe that God is able to do amazing things in your life?  

Prayer:  Come Holy Spirit Come, open me to your movement today.  Amen.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Spirit's Help



Daily reading: Romans 8:26-30
May 28, 2015

Focus scripture: In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness.  We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit itself pleads our case with unexpressed groans.  Romans 8:26

The Holy Spirit comes to help us in our weakness.  In order to be led we don’t have to have all the answers or the blueprint for tomorrow.  We don’t have to have our own lives together in order to follow Christ.  Quite the opposite, we come to God in our weakness so that God can lift us up.  Even when we don’t have the words to say in prayer, the Spirit intercedes on our behalf.

Prayer:  Come Holy Spirit Come, meet me in my weakness so that I can rely on your power and guidance today.  Amen.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Love through the Spirit



Daily reading: Romans 5:1-11
May 27, 2015

Focus scripture: This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

God doesn’t send hardship or struggle our way, but God is present with us in that struggle.  The sign of the Holy Spirit working in us, isn’t whether or not we have hardships, it is how we react to the hardships when they come our way.  Does the love of God show through even when we are pushed to or beyond our limits?
When we invite God to work with us through our struggles and trials, we will find that we are strengthened in our faith.

Prayer:  Come Holy Spirit Come, help me when I face struggles and trials today.  Amen.

Temptation

Matthew 4:1-17 Back in the early years of my ministry, I led a group of senior high youth through a 30 hour fast. It was a trend a...