What Does God Give?
November 16, 2021
2 Timothy 1:7 The Passion Translation
For God will never give you the spirit of fear,but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control.
We have established the fact that God gives and that God does not give fear. So what does God give? In John 20:22 Jesus told the disciples to “Receive the Holy Spirit.” You can only receive something that has been given. And then, in Acts 1:8, Jesus told the disciples, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you”. So first He told them to receive the Holy Spirit, and then once they did they He said they would receive power. There are several scriptures that talk about the Holy Spirit as a gift. He has been given to us by Jesus so that we can live Kingdom of Heaven life here on earth.
With the very Spirit that hovered over the waters during the Creation and raised Jesus from the dead living on the inside of you and me what can’t we do? What can’t we have? Can you understand why Paul said God gave us love, power, and self-control? The Holy Spirit has been given to us and with Him we become powerful. We are filled with the love of God, and we have all the fruit of the Spirit. We have the ability to live above natural circumstances. We can refuse to take what this life offers us in sickness and poverty and trouble because Jesus already overcame trouble. The Holy Spirit reminds us of what Jesus did and how Jesus lived so that we can do the same. You have been given a gift. Receive the Holy Spirit.
Lord thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, I receive You into every area of my life. Teach me how to live in cooperation with You. Lead me in through this life so that I can have the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. In Jesus’ Name…
Deidra B. Johnson, PhD